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Jo Fort, Melville Heights resident,  is 100 years old but that doesn’t stop this vibrant and energetic woman who exercises daily, even hitting the treadmill. -Samantha Smith
Jo Fort, Melville Heights resident, is 100 years old but that doesn’t stop this vibrant and energetic woman who exercises daily, even hitting the treadmill. -Samantha Smith - Sponsored content

Jo Fort is not exactly what you would expect from someone who turned 100 in December. Mrs. Fort, who immigrated to Canada from her native England in 1952 with her husband and three young sons, still drives her car on trips to her hairdresser, her doctor and the bank. She played tennis up until two years ago — “only doubles,” she offers modestly — and she still looks forward to her twice-weekly games of bridge. She even hits the treadmill for a few minutes before her 10 a.m. exercise class every day.

Mrs. Fort decided to move to Melville Heights three years ago when the pressures of running her own home became too much. She’s happy with the choice she made. “There’s a lot going on here every day,” she says. “Lori (recreation director, Lori Cormier), does a wonderful job. And everyone on staff is so kind.”

Melville Heights specializes in providing upscale independent living to clients who wish to maintain their active lifestyle without the worries that come with owning a home. Known for its breathtaking views of Halifax, the facility offers bachelor, one and two bedroom apartments, complete with full kitchens and walk-in closets. Home-cooked meals are served in the dining room, and even the bread and baked goods are made from scratch.

For Mrs. Fort, living at Melville Heights means she can continue to take part in activities she enjoys: the knitting club and bridge club, regular live concerts, movies in the theatre, pet and music therapy sessions and much more. “I love living here,” she says. “It’s perfect.”

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