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The Old and the Happy: Discover the daily lives of these three sheikhs

The Old and the Happy: Discover the daily lives of these three sheikhs

Living to live a century is always an achievement, but it is becoming more frequent. There are more than 3,600 centenarians in Quebec. There could be 45,000 within 40 years.

According to Cité Rive's entertainment director, Yolande Cerar, centenarians, against all odds, generally have the wisdom to live in the present moment.

“They live everyday life. That's what we don't do. They are in the present. If we say that the present moment is a gift, a gift moment, another day, another month, another year, I think that's their secret. They don't talk about the past, they are in the present.” “Strange,” he explains.

Host Pierre-Olivier Zappa went to meet three centenarians who apply this philosophy literally.

Pauline Morissette, 100, Fernand Brunet, 102, and Jean-Maurice Marchand, 100, face the severe challenges of aging.

Despite being 100 years old, Mr. Marchand has remained particularly active. He does not hesitate, for example, to wear giblets when he goes bowling with his friends.

“I don't know,” he answers when Pierre Olivier wants to know the secret of his great figure. “I should ask someone older than me that,” he joked.

Mr. Marchand stresses, however, that the secret to his longevity does not lie in his genes, as his mother unfortunately died when she was only 30 years old, while her father died at the age of 65 years.

Pauline Morissette isn't stingy, for her part, when it comes to what allowed her to reach the 100-year-old mark.

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“I'll make myself a baked potato. I'm obsessed with butter. That's why I'm 100 years old, because I eat fat,” she says.

To combat loneliness, Ms. Morissette advises “living in the present moment, and loving living it.”

Fernand Brunet asserts that he has no time to be bored because there is so much to do.

“I always have to think about what I'm going to do. I'm going to take this thing, that thing,” he explains, adding that he always plans ahead.

Listen to Pierre-Olivier Zappa's full report in the video at the beginning of the article.