While living to the age of 100 is considered a reward in itself, one retirement living senior in England received an additional gift on her centennial birthday.
According to The Daily Advertiser, Brae McGarry rang in her triple digit birthday with a special letter from Queen Elizabeth. The centenarian also received congratulatory notes from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, as well as many other British politicians.
The retirement living senior certainly deserves the heartwarming praise.
McGarry has volunteered throughout her entire life with the Red Cross and has continually devoted herself to helping other people.
"Brae is an exceptional lady who is bright as a button and loves to have a chat," friend Mary Haggar told the news outlet.
Scientists believe that genetics play a significant role in one's longevity. Still, retirement living seniors who maintain a regular fitness routine and eat healthy have a greater chance of living a long and healthy life.
McGarry has her own advice on how to reach one's hundredth birthday.
"Healthy eating, not smoking and a drop of wine every now and then," she told the news outlet.