SHE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 14, 1899 and was an active scrabbler till age 95. She has regular appointments for manucure and still gives precise instructions on how to prepare her breakfast. The New York Times disclosed on August 16, 2010 that Eveyln Kozak, now 111, has has told her relatives to survey the planet for older eligible bachelors! She lives in the Kensington section of Brooklyn,
When Evelyn was told about David Pur, a 115-year-old bachelor living in Israel, as a romantic prospect, Ms. Kozak demurred. “He’s too old for me,” Ms. Weinberger said Ms. Kozak concluded. “I don’t want to be alone in my old age.”
Not far from Ms. Kozak, Susie Mushatt Jones celebrated her 111th birthday last month in the Vandalia Avenue Houses near Starrett City, Brooklyn, where she is tended by a 24-hour home health aide, and visited by a steady stream of attentive nieces and generations of children she cared for while working as a nanny.
Ms. Jones is blind, hard of hearing and dependent on a wheelchair, but Lois Judge, a 70-year-old niece, said she never stopped being “her feisty self.” Indeed, Ms. Jones answered the phone at her apartment on Sunday and quickly bristled at a reporter for not speaking up.
Ms. Jones cooked for herself until she was 100, and until fairly recently worked as a tenant patroller in her public-housing project. Though she cannot see, she still listens to the news and “Wheel of Fortune,” and likes gospel music. And she retains a good appetite. For her birthday last month, relatives prepared her favorites: barbecued ribs, fried chicken, potato salad, squash and tossed salad.
Read the full report in THE NEW YORK TIMES of August 16, 2010.
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