The Brennity at Vero Beach Celebrates Centenarian

According to the Pew Research Center, the centenarian population worldwide is expected to grow rapidly. As in, growing-eightfold-around-the-globe-by-2050 rapidly. The U.S. is one out of five countries with the most centenarians!

Ms. Helene, a resident at The Brennity at Vero Beach in Florida, is a prime example of centenarians having improved life expectancies. She was featured recently in the TCPalm news about her life story, which can be read below.

By Dawn Midelis, Newsweekly Contributor

100 years and still going strong!

Helene Brant, a resident of The Brennity at Vero Beach, recently celebrated her 100th birthday — and she is still going strong!

Brant was born in West Saugerties, N.Y., on March 15, 1916. She is the middle child of three children, has one daughter, one granddaughter, and one great granddaughter

Bill, her husband, of 61 years passed away in 2004 at the age of 88 when he contracted the West Nile virus.

Helene, senior living resident at The Brennity at Vero Beach
Ms. Helene celebrating her 100th birthday at The Brennity at Vero Beach

She attended Florida State University in 1936 but at the time the only curriculum was Home Economics. She then decided to attend the Pace Institute in New York City and study accounting.

Her first job was at Macy’s during the Depression. She enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in Italy until the end of the war.

Brant never intended to have a career and married her husband in 1946. Bill was the city attorney for Palm Beach Gardens for 26 years and he retired in 1993.

They traveled extensively for many years, including Russia, Europe, Australia, South America down the Amazon (four times), Canada and the United States including Hawaii.

She has always been active in the community and is an accomplished baker who also loves to read.

Brant came to the Brennity in early 2014 after a fall hat injured her shoulder. She left a few months later to try and live on her own but found she missed the Brennity and unfortunately had another fall.

She has a warm personality, a sincere smile, and many friends here at the Brennity where she calls home.

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