HER physical inability and old age has not stopped her from waking up early in the morning to prepare her own breakfast and cleaning up her room.
Mereani Silibakola, 102, of Nakavika Village in Seaqaqa is living testimony of how a healthy diet can contribute to a healthier and longer life span.
When The Fiji Times crew visited her Naloto home yesterday, Ms Silibakola was enjoying her Sunday afternoon with her children and grandchildren.
Her son, Baisova Posiano, said his mother was still fit to move around the house and do ordinary chores such as sweeping and tidying her own bed.
"Her age is no barrier at all because she talks properly, walks around the house and helps out in the house chores. She still reads newspapers without having to use spectacles and she remembers people very well," he said.
"We have never come across her getting sick and she often tells us that it's because she eats healthy food and drinks boiled water. She is very physical and this is evident through her gardening work.
"All her six children, including me have married and moved on with our own lives here in Vanua Levu and other parts of Fiji. She has been a widow for more than 20 years now and she heads our mataqali."
Mr Posiano said his mother had a big heart — one that cared for those who were in need.
"A lot of people from different races usually visit us and she always tells us to help and accommodate them at home," he said.
"In our mataqali meeting, she will always stress the need for us to love one another and help the people in need.
"Also, she always tells us to make good use of the idle land and the diverse natural resources around us."
Mr Posiano added the family always made sure to celebrate Ms Silibakola's birthday every year.
"We celebrate her birthday every January 1 and we are all looking forward to her birthday next year because all the family members will be here too."
Ms Silibakola believes in consuming locally-grown foods because she said, "its much healthier and abundant".
She has six children, 21 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.