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101 and going strong

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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101 year old Amos Anderson and Harmony Care Center employee Laurie Pass pose for a photo. Photo by Barb Jeffers

In May of 2013 we visited with Amos Anderson for his birthday as he turned 100 years old. We thought for this year’s Senior Living Section it would be nice to check back with Anderson and see how he is doing after turning 101 on February 16, 2014.

There have been some changes in Amos’ life in the last year including moving from Traditions in Preston, Minn. to the Harmony Care Center in Harmony, Minn., which meant getting used to a new place and new people. However, Anderson didn’t mind saying he “loves to meet people” and always has.

Other things have not changed, including Anderson’s sense of humor. When asked for any secrets to a long life, he replied, “Keep your nose out of other people’s business!” and laughed. He then said, “Do a lot of walking” to stay healthy.

Laurie Pass, who works in physical therapy at the Harmony Care Center, stated that Anderson is “awesome” and is in “unbelievable physical condition”, adding that he has the legs of a 60 year-old.

Growing up on a farm between Peterson, Minn. and Rushford, Minn., Anderson knew what hard work meant and has always kept busy with one thing or another. Fishing was one of his favorite past times as a child and he says he went “fishing and loafing” as often as he could. He was always interesting in History and Geography also.

Amos Sidney Anderson went on to serve in Europe during WWII and after returning home worked for the Postal Service. Anderson and his wife, Helen, raised four children Larry, Greg, Janice and Patricia.

He spends his time now playing cards, reading, and listening to music as well as other activities that the care center provides. Andreson stated, “At the Harmony Care Center there’s enough going on to keep it interesting.” He also cherishes time spent with family.

Anderson says that he likes the “good food” at the care center and appreciates everything the employees do for him. He was chosen to be the Valentine King for the Harmony Care Center and rode in a Cadillac in the Fourth of July parade this year which was exciting. The Harmony Care Center employees respect and care about Andreson and it shows when they interact.

After living in Fillmore County for so many years he says he “knows most of the people in the area” and it is not an exaggeration to say a good percentage of people in this neck of the woods know that when somebody mentions the name “Amos,” a last name is not necessarily required.

When talking about his life thus far, he stated, “It couldn’t have been any better, it was almost a fairytale”, but added it seems to have been on “fast forward” as he finds it hard to believe he is 101 years old.

“I would say I had a crackerjack life,” stated Anderson adding, “It’s been interesting but a hundred and one years went by fast.”

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