A carefree life in a retirement home, where everything is done for you, is not the sort of retirement Dori Scott Archer wants to live.
“I couldn’t handle it, I’d be bored rigid.”
Despite turning 100 on Sunday, Scott Archer is perfectly happy living on her own in her off-the-grid house in rural Far North, where the nearest neighbour is a 5km drive away.
Although Scott Archer lives alone she said she was never lonely, spending her spare time reading, listening to the radio and writing – having published a book of poetry, a mystery book Tales of Waipunia Bay and a memoir.
She keeps in contact with her family both in New Zealand and abroad, including six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and she finds companionship at the Kaitāia Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Scott Archer had planned to celebrate her birthday with her church family on Saturday and then 12 family members on Sunday, but is now making new plans due to Covid-19 lockdown rules.
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