Boca Raton woman celebrates 100th birthday

The pandemic did not stop her and her family from celebrating a big day.
Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 19:12:33-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The pandemic did not stop one Boca Raton woman and her family from celebrating a big day.

Jean Cohen turned 100 years old Tuesday. Her family made the day special by visiting her porch-side at her assisted living facility.

Cohen's family sang to her through a screen, brought along a birthday cake and a handmade banner.

Cohen was born in Philadelphia where she worked as a fourth-grade teacher for 30 years. She has 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

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WPTV asked her what’s her secret to a long life.

“I think to have a positive attitude that’s the main thing. I try to look at the bright side of everything and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful group of people around me to be happy with,” she replied.

Additionally, she exercises daily and plays bridge.

Cohen says she’s never lived through a pandemic, but she grew up with stories of her father, a Navy WWI veteran, who lived through the Spanish Flu before she was born.