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Dot Brown, 96, helps assemble oral rehydration kits for a World Health Organization and UNICEF project. The Springfield resident credits her active lifestyle and genetics for her well-preserved mental and physical health.

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On most evenings, 96-year-old Dorothy “Dot” Brown can be found playing Scrabble or a game of bridge. A retired nurse who relocated to Virginia from Pennsylvania 11 years ago, Brown makes it a point to walk at least one mile each day and takes two Zumba or low-impact aerobics classes each week.

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