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Celebrating Our Centenarians Lily Dearth

Lily Dearth

Peakview Assisted Living & Memory Care

Centennial, Colorado

Birthday: March 19, 1918

Q: What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned over the course of your life?

We are all the same. Love must be unconditional! I was a globetrotter, and I learned that everyone puts their pants on the same as you. We just grow up differently and with different preferences. But I always shared the importance of traveling and experiencing another culture than your own. Forget your past and your own culture for a little bit. You must have an open mind. I’ve had such a crazy and wonderful life!

Q: As you look back over your life, do you see any “turning points”; that is a key event or experience that changed over the course of your life or set you on a different track?

The war. I was thrown out of my home in Austria onto a boat to America because of Hitler and his invasion. It is not something I wish to talk about very much, but it changed my life.

Q: What’s the secret to happiness?

Living without prejudice, an open mind and a love for experiencing new things.

Q: Did you have any heroes or role models when you were a child?

No, I did not. I learned things the hard way, I was my own role model. After I left my home in Austria, I had no one but me.

Q: What’s different about growing up today than when you were growing up?

Young people are much more independent these days! They have such an amazing freedom to learn anything that they want.

Q: What is the best compliment you have ever received?

“You don’t look 100!” That’s one I get quite often. I don’t know the secret to looking the way I do.

Q: How should a person prepare for growing older?

I wish someone would tell me that! I have no idea. How can you possibly prepare for growing older?

Q: What was your favorite place that you experienced?

Taipei, Taiwan. The people there made me feel so welcomed, like family. They told me I came to them a beloved stranger and left as one of them. I remember I even participated in a celebration. Part of the celebration was eating a 100-year-old egg, and I did it! It tasted just the same as any other egg believe it or not.