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    Four Centenarians to Celebrate Birthdays at Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living

    It seems that everyone is searching for the fountain of youth, and it looks like some have found it at Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living. Amazingly, a total of four residents are celebrating major milestone birthdays of 100 or higher this month and next. According to the U.S. Census, less than two out of every 10,000 people are centenarians which makes the situation at Tequesta Terrace extremely rare! George J. Heideman, turned 102 on April 9, Edith Scotto turned 100 on April 17, Rita Yoos turns 100 on April 26 and Beatrice Edmunds turns 101 on May 18. To recognize this truly remarkable accomplishment, Tequesta Terrace will be hosting a Centenarian Celebration for its residents to enjoy on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. It is such a big deal that Village of Tequesta Mayor, Abby Brennan, will actually attend the celebration to make a proclamation. While the event is not open to the public, residents are looking forward to sharing their thoughts on the secret to a long and healthy life.

    “I feel great!” said Rita Yoos, a Brooklyn native and resident of Tequesta Terrace for the past 10 years, on turning 100. “I have thought to myself, ‘My goodness, 100? That’s really old.’ But as long as I feel well and, thankfully, I do.”

    Living for 100 years, Yoos has experienced everything from growing up during the Great Depression to watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. She was born and raised in Brooklyn. Her childhood friend Raymond would later become her husband and the two would go on to travel throughout the U.S. Yoos stayed at home to raise their four children, but later got a job at a market research firm when her children left the nest. Prior to living at Tequesta Terrace, she was in New York with her daughter, who was working part-time to help with caregiving, but moved to Florida at her son’s request when her daughter began working full-time. Now her life consists of making friends, exercising six days a week and enjoying the Florida weather.

    Yoos says the secret to longevity is a state of mind and the desire to stay busy. “My advice for a long life would be to love everyone and get along with everybody,” said Yoos. “You also have to keep going, keep doing things. I like to do everything, from Bingo to CLR and exercise. I just keep going. It’s been wonderful living here. I love enjoying the warm weather while sitting in the beautiful garden outside my room. No more snow and ice – I love Florida!”

    Former Bostonian and resident artist Beatrice Edmunds says she is just amazed by the fact she is turning 101 this year. “I never thought I would live this long!” said Edmunds.

    Edmunds, who is known for being very animated and often caught quoting poems or singing old theater songs, was born in Long Island and raised in Boston. She was trained in drama and theater at Leland Powers Theatre School. She worked for Bachrach Photography. She met her first husband, who would later become a college professor, when he was teaching at St. Paul’s School where she directed the school plays. She has one daughter, who currently lives in New York City and is nominated for a Tony Award for her work in the production of “Nine.” Until about two years ago, she was driving, putting every Tuesday and swimming at the beach every day. Nowadays, Edmunds can be found spending time with her friends, enjoying Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper in “Love in the Afternoon” and doing watercolor paintings of flowers, birds and ocean landscapes.

    “I love painting,” said Edmunds. “I have had my work displayed in places like Bermuda and Charleston, S.C. One of my pieces is on display in a private dining room at the Tequesta Country Club.”

    Edmunds says that good genes is the best reason for her long life, but her active social life and passion for painting has contributed to it as well. “I keep a book of names and addresses of all the people who have purchased my work,” said Edmunds.

    Tequesta Terrace is the premier assisted living community located in Tequesta, Florida (near Jupiter in northern Palm Beach County). It is conveniently situated near the water, shopping, restaurants, and other services. Not only does Tequesta offer 24-hour nurse staffing, but it also is within minutes of additional physician offices and medical care – including Jupiter Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, and Martin Memorial Hospital. For more information, please see Tequesta Terrace’s web page located at www.terracecommunities.net.
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