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Many people want to know the
secret to a long life. For Ena Singh,
who celebrated her 100th birthday
last Monday, there is really no secret.
She said a well-balanced life with a
healthy diet, home-cooked food, and
keeping an active mind were her
ways of making it to 100.
"I feel very good to reach this age.
There is no secret. It is the Lord. I
drink a lot of water and when they
are drinking, I drink too," Singh told
the T&T Guardian at her home in
Champs Fleurs, where her family had
Singh, who was a housewife for
most of her life, had eight children,
17 grandchildren and 15 great-grand-
Singh said though she was a house-
wife for most of her life, she was
always busy. Not only did she raise
eight children, but also sewed, crotch-
eted, embroidered, and prepared
many home cooked meals for her
"My children have always been very
good to me. I made six girls and two
boys---well one died two years ago,
and now there is only one boy. I have
so many grandchildren and great-
grandchildren," she said.
The family celebrated the cente-
narian s life with a dinner and mass
at La Cantina. Relatives from England,
the US and Canada flew in to spend
time with Singh.
"I feel proud of my children
because they all look for me. One was
down here from England. She was
very happy to see me alive. Candy
came here and she brought her 14-
year-old son, Sanjay. We both cried
when she had to leave," Singh said.
As Singh reflected on her long life,
one thing that perturbed the cente-
narian the most was the staggering
murder toll in T&T.
"There are too much murders.
Every time you open the newspapers
there are too many murders. It was
plenty different in my days. Before,
we didn t have burglar proofing and
all of that. The houses used to be
open and free. We would have a com-
munity. Everyone would be talking
to one another, but now you don t
get that," she lamented.
Though Singh is bothered by the
crime situation, she does not let that
deter her as she still tries to have a
friendly relationship with her neigh-
Singh keeps a very active mind by
playing card games with her family.
She said she was particularly fond of
all fours and rummy, but her children
disclosed their mother often cheats,
much to the dismay of her grand-
"I don t cheat them in all fours,"
Singh adamantly denied, but added,
"I ll quicker cheat in rummy."
Singh is now confined to a walker.
Before that, she used to spontaneously
leave home and hop on a bus and
travel all over the country.
"I have a caregiver now but before,
everywhere. Sometimes I used to take
a bus and go San Fernando," she said.
Though she can no longer go places
like she used to by herself, her family
still takes her on frequent excursions.
For instance, every other week some
of her daughters would take her to
Toco to spend the weekend.
"I don t really go on the beach to
bathe, but we stay right in front the
beach and I would watch the boats
coming in. In the house, I would
watch them play Scrabble and when
they fed up play that, they would call
me to play cards," Singh said.
Another key component to Singh s
longevity is a healthy diet. She never
eats after 4 pm and she does not eat
food from the street. She eats home-
cooked food every day. Her daughters
take turns cooking food for their
mother every day.
"Every day I eat provision and dif-
ferent things. I don t cook anymore
Every day one would bring food
for me. When the food comes and I
I don t feel to eat the food, and I will
drink Ensure," she said.
The one thing Singh said she was
most grateful for in her life was her
family. She said her family has always
given her life meaning and the will
"All my children come to look for
me all the time. They don t do with-
out their mother. Everyone loves me,"
will to live
Centenarian Ena Singh:
Family members toast centenarian Ena Singh at her Mt Hope home as her great-granddaughter Peyton
Hosein Mcgee places a kiss on her cheek. Looking on are her children and granddaughter from left front,
Thora Shairsingh, Dawn Green, Ena Singh and granddaughter Melanie Green. Standing, from left, are Janice
Ramdass, Gemma Hosein, Victor Abrams, Angela Phelps and Cheryl Patel. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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