Aging Well: Kailua centenarian's secret to longevity is just "be happy"
In 1913, Ford Motors started up the first moving assembly line, stainless steel was invented, and Beatrice Wong was born on the Big Island. She is 106-years-old, but to her - age is just a number.
KAILUA, Hawaii -
In 1913, Ford Motors started up the first moving assembly line, stainless steel was invented, and Beatrice Wong was born on the Big Island.
She is 106-years-old, but to her - age is just a number.
It was all cake and laughter at Beatrice Wong's 106th birthday party, but Popo, as the family calls her, downplays her age. "Don't mention getting old. Getting old. Don't mention. I hate to think about it," laughs Popo.
She certainly acts younger than her years. She still gets around on her own, eats what she wants, and enjoys her daily routine. "Watch TV, do my puzzles. I used to crochet but not anymore," she details.
Her daughter says Popo remembers almost everything and everyone in these photo boards that mark the decades of her life: A youth spent in Kohala, then Honolulu; and a 40 year marriage to Henry Wong that produced four kids, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Daughter Audrey Hee says, "Everybody looks up to her, comes to her for advice. She makes sure everyone is fine, OK, not sick, doing OK in school."
The lesson she taught her family is one of compassion and patience. "Everybody has faults. You can't judge them. Everyone has different situations. You just accept them for what they are," Hee shares.
Popo's secret for aging well? "Be happy."