99 Years Old and Going Strong

Last Saturday, we went out to McHenry, IL, to celebrate Sarah’s grandpa’s 99th birthday. WOW!!!

Just last year, we lost Sarah’s grandma, Eleanor, at the young age of 96 years old. They were married for 76 years. Pretty unique.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Leonard and Eleanor for 12 years. I love watching these people and trying to determine how two people were able to live well into their 90’s, together.

Leonard is now approaching the century mark. And the one thing that I noticed with Leonard and Eleanor, was their intense sense of community. They were and Leonard still is very involved in his church. That is a very big part of his identity and they both developed some amazing, close relationships from their faith.

They also had a group of people that they played Bridge with every Tuesday. They would never miss their bridge nights and it was remarkable to hear that many of the people that they were friends with, through Bridge, were 10, 15 and even 20 years younger than them.

I remember telling Eleanor that I was amazed that their friends were so young. And she told me, “Well once you get to our age, there aren’t many of us around.”

Leonard was a dentist and was very active in the Chicago Dental Society. He was always looking to give back to his profession. After graduating from Loyola Dental School, he was sent off to Europe in the Army to be a dentist in World War 2. After the war he came back and opened a dental office on 80th and Ashland. His office was open for years and then he was forced to close it and provide dental services to the army during the Korean War.

When he came back his dental practice was gone, and he had to start over building it up. I remember when he told me that story, I asked him, “Were you mad when you got called back to serve?” He responded, “NO! That was my duty to serve and help my country.”

I believe that their sense of community, faith and service, and the great interpersonal relationships has helped them live such a long life. Community is important. It’s what we are trying to build here.

Dente is always growing. We connect with our patients. We create friendships. We support relationships. We build each other up. Stop by and say, “Hi!” Have a cup of coffee or a bottle of water. Do some office work on the Wi-Fi. Relax.

My goal is to take all the memories and experiences with me. And everyday I try to build on those same attributes.

I loved the strong sense of community. 99 years old and Going Strong!

Floss Like A Madman!Emilio “Building Stronger Communities” Couret

World-Class Chicago, IL, Dentist, Dr. Emilio Couret for Exceptional Dental Care
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