This 110-Year-Old’s Secret to Life: 3 Beers, a Shot of Scotch Daily and God

Agnes Fenton celebrating her 110th birthday
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Agnes Fenton celebrating her 110th birthday
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Agnes Fenton was born 110 years ago—Aug. 1, 1905—in Mississippi. However, she doesn’t view her astonishing longevity as any big deal.

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“The birthday is just another day,” she said of the superspecial day, now come and gone, that ushered her into the “supercentenarian” club, North Jersey Media Group reports.

Although she doesn’t always have great days, Fenton thanks God for the “long” and “good life” that she has had. 

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“When I was 100 years old, I went to the mirror to thank God that I was still here. And I thank him every morning,” Fenton said, according to the news site. “He gave me a long life and a good life, and I have nothing to complain about. … You’ve got to have God in your life. Without God, you’ve got nothing.”

Throughout her years, Fenton has held several jobs. She ran a restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., in her early years. She moved to Englewood, N.J., in the 1950s with her second husband, Vincent Fenton, who died in 1970. She worked as a cafeteria manager for a magazine publisher and then as a nanny.

Nurses attend to Fenton around the clock, and neighbors and firefighters often check in on the 110-year-old. However, Fenton enjoys amazingly good health, according to her physician, Dr. Kenneth Wasserman.

“The few things she’s had wrong with her have disappeared in ways they should not have. Her health has been phenomenal. … She’s completely, thoroughly amazing,” the doctor said, without going into much detail. Fenton still has good eyesight and hearing and often reads and listens to the news.

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Five years ago, in an interview with ABC World, Fenton admitted she had enjoyed beer and a whiskey daily for decades. She had only one serious health issue that she detailed, which was a long-ago benign tumor. When the doctor discharged her, he only had one thing to say: “He said, ‘Agnes, you must drink three Miller High Lifes a day.’”

“So Aggie’s enjoyed three beers and a shot of Scotch every day for almost 70 years,” the ABC correspondent recounted, North Jersey notes.

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However, the news site reports, Fenton has since had to give up her daily drinks. She doesn’t eat a lot, so her caregivers don’t want her to have alcohol.

Read more at North Jersey Media Group.

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