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101-year-old Doris Bullock with her family.

Although you wouldn't believe it to look at her, Doris Bullock (pictured above) turned 101 on 25 February 2014.

Over the course of her long life, Doris married Jim, with whom she had 2 children, David and Hilary. Doris is now a great-grandmother, and head of a family who describe her as 'an extremely dignified, loving, strong-minded and humble lady - a true inspiration to us all'.

Doris shares her wisdom on the importance of being happy, and explains why she's a fan of Eggheads:

Do you have any life wisdom for younger people?

Keep out of trouble, and try to keep fit and healthy. My diet has generally consisted of eating little but often, and I was taught to always chew my food. Exercise regularly: I used to walk a lot when I was younger and used to have fitness routines such as touching my toes 10 times a day.

In later life I think it's important to keep your mind active. I love doing crosswords and always read the newspaper front to back. I also love watching Eggheads on TV and guessing the answers.

Above all, I think the most important wisdom I can give is to be happy and enjoy life. Also never be afraid to ask questions when you can as you may never get the chance again. One big regret that I have is that I never knew my mother as she died when I was two. I never asked my Dad about her as he remarried and didn't want to make things difficult for him, but I wish I had, so I would know more about her.

What makes you happy?

Meeting my husband was a very happy time for me. He has sadly passed on, but those happy memories will stay with me.

I also have a very lovely and kind family, and I get a lot of pleasure spending time with them. I'm not able to get out of the house as much these days, so if I know that I'm seeing family it gives me something to look forward to.

Remaining as independent as I can for someone at my age also makes me happy. I would still go into town on my own at the age of 99 to get my hair done; I now have a lady who comes to my house to do this.

I feel lucky that my son and daughter live close by and they call in on me regularly, and I am extremely grateful for that. Over the last 6 months I have had carers come and visit me in the mornings and evenings. Some of them are very nice, and I now see them as friends.

My husband and I built up many friends over the years. We were regular attendees at church and some of the other churchgoers remain close friends, keeping in touch with me and this also makes me happy.

How do you think that society views older people?

I feel that I have been treated very well and I feel very lucky for that. I can see that other people are not as fortunate as me and that's a shame.

The older generation can teach the new generation about the past and that's something which should never be overlooked. I have seen a lot of changes in my time. I have lived through two world wars, I remember having to hide under the kitchen sink when a Zeppelin came over the house when I was very young.

There have been so many changes in fashion, transport and technology. For instance, I remember the old rubbing boards for washing, and dolly blue water and making starch as we didn't have irons in those days. But I wouldn't know what to do without a washing machine these days!

How do you feel about your own age now?

I feel that my age has just crept up on me. In some ways, I don't feel any different from when I was younger, but then in other ways such as my balance and mobility, it's certainly getting a bit harder to get around.

What's really important to you?

Family is what's really important to me and that comes first. I now have memories which I treasure such as seeing my children, grandchildren, and now my great grandchildren grow up.

And finally, now it's important to me that I'm able to look after myself, remain independent, and live in my own home for as long as possible.

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