Assisted Living Resident Celebrates 108 Years

An assisted living center resident, Chella Murphy, turned 108 years old on Thursday. At her birthday party she blew out the three candles on her cake all in one breath.

"It feels good," Murphy said about turning 108. "The only bad thing is my eyesight is so poor. Otherwise, I don't have an ache or a pain."

Her longevity may be attributed to her genes. Her mother and several of her uncles lived to be at least 100 years old as well.

The staff of the facility presented her with a two-tier birthday cake Thursday afternoon, and the director of public relations put together a film featuring interviews with her fellow residents.

Around the home she is best known for her love for bridge, sweets, oatmeal, antiques and the fact that even at 108, she makes sure to walk every day.

One staff member even commented that Mrs. Murphy probably walks more than anyone else in the building. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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