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Married for life: Jack, at 100 years of age and Betty at 99 years old, just after their 78th wedding anniversary.

longer.”

A lifetime of love

I was inspired by the love story of Jack and Betty Cohen. Some marriages don’t last 78 days. What does it take to make a marriage last 78 years? I met with 100-year-old Jack Cohen and his 99-year-old wife Betty Cohen at Manoir Montefiore shortly after their 78th anniversary on January 26th 2010. They had been married in England in 1932. “I saw the future in her,” Jack had said, adding that the key to

a long marriage is “compromise.” Betty had advice for the women of today: “Be independent. Have a career and interests.” Jack and Betty worked together in a family business called Conway Shoes on Somerled, and raised two daughters, Rita and Carole. Today there are six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. They travelled to 32 countries throughout their marriage.

Betty and Jack’s engagement photo

While they felt genetics played a key role in aging, their tips for longevity were:

1) No junk food and plenty of vegetables and fruit.

2) Stay in the shade. 3) Don’t keep things inside. 4) Never go to bed mad. 5) Have a sense of humour. 6) A little Southern Comfort doesn’t hurt. 7) If you want to do something, do it today, not tomorrow, because tomorrow may be too late.

The true spirit of caring

Playing cards at Manoir Montefiore

Keeping active during an exercise class at Manoir Montefiore

Manoir Montefiore’s loving team: Rabbi Hershel Schecter, Religious Service Coordinator; Ellen Tissenbaum, Senior Director, Care and Resident Services; Maureen Cullen, Office Coordinator; Corey Schwartz, Recreation Director, Janie Desroches, Director of Care

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