Celebrating our Centenarians!

Imagine navigating life against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and many other historical events. The remarkable centenarians we serve at American Senior Communities possess a wealth of knowledge and are living historical treasures. 

What a privilege it is to share their amazing stories and valuable advice. We invite you to scroll through this photo album honoring some of the wonderful Centenarians that we are honored to serve at ASC.

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Helen Aylsworth

January 5, 1911

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Mrs. Aylsworth was a music teacher for Springs Valley High School for decades. She was employed there while her husband Gilbert was the high school band director. This would soon become a tradition as her son John would go on to teach music there as well. Eventually, her grandson Luke would join him in teaching music and become the band director of the Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade.

Mrs. Aylsworth was honored as an Indiana Bicentennial Torch bearer representing Springs Valley. She was inducted in 2014 to the Springs Valley Community Schools Hall of Fame celebrating her contribution to music in Springs Valley schools. Her musical legacy has left a permanent mark on the community.

Helen Seavers

November 3, 1914

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Helen Seavers enjoyed visiting relatives and keeping up with the news. She had two sons and five siblings. Mrs. Seavers drove a car until she was about 90 years old, she said. She attributes her longevity to living a “clean life.” She never drank liquor or smoked.

Helen Wolfe

March 23, 1918

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Helen Wolfe was a hard-working woman throughout her life. She sacrificed for her family by dropping out of high school so she could go to work during the Great Depression. She was an avid member of the American Legion and was thrilled when they agreed to host her 100th birthday party. She believes you should try to get along with others, be smart and learn from them.

James Beach

August 29, 1916

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James Beach was married to the mother of his children for over 60 years. His wife was the one who taught him the Bible and together, they got involved in their local church. When they weren’t at church, they enjoyed going to the campgrounds in Camby, IN. They were so busy doing the things they loved that it wasn’t until after his wife passed that James purchased his very first television. He quickly became an Indiana Pacers fan. His advice to young people is to get a good job as soon as you can and be faithful to it.

Jean Duwe

February 26, 1917

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Jean Duwe spent her days volunteering at Crossroads Easter Seals, Boy Scouts, churches and the Children’s Museum. Her hobbies included bingo, bridge and hiking with her “little” boys. Her secret to longevity is to enjoy the sunshine and spend time outdoors.

Kay McGinty

June 10, 1917

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Kay McGinty wore many hats: clerk at a department store, waitress, worked at an insurance company, mom and grandma. Her advice to living a long life: “Take good care of yourself. Love your family and be kind to everyone!”

Lillian Davidson

October 12, 1912

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Lillian Davidson, who was born in Kentucky, was a vibrant resident of Lake Pointe Village. She was the mother of four children and the grandmother of 11. She worked several years at the U.S. Powder Company in Charlestown. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, playing cards and working on puzzles. Roses are her favorite flower.

Lillie Bronson

August 2, 1913

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Born August 2, 1913 in Howard County, Indiana, Mrs. Bronson is a 1928 graduate of Kokomo High School. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She married Frank Sallee, who passed, and William Bronson, who also preceded her in death. She has five children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She worked as a dental assistant and CNA. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Mrs. Bronson told her family that she was a sickly baby, but that changed after the family doctor made a special “home brew” for her which helped her get better. “My mom thinks the brew is her secret to longevity,” said her daughter Cheryl Locke.

Lizzie Mae Barrett

January 24, 1917

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Lizzie Mae Barrett is a sweetheart! She loves engaging in activities and is always open to trying new things!

Lois Bledsoe

August 30, 1915

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This Cayuga, Indiana native was a homemaker. She has five children and several grandchildren. As a younger woman, she loved dancing, sewing and cooking. Her advice for a long life: a good diet comprised of three healthy meals a day and never skip a meal, never smoke or drink. She has her own teeth which she brushes twice a day. For her skin, she uses a little Oil of Olay on her face each day.

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