110-Year-Old Woman Credits Longevity to … Miller High Life?

08/03/2015 at 05:44 PM ET

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If you want to live as long as Agnes Fenton, you’re going to have to make some lifestyle changes namely, adding Miller High Life to your diet. (If you already drink Miller High Life on a daily basis, this may be the first time someone’s ever told you you’re on the right track.)

The Englewood, New Jersey woman, who turned 110-years-old on Saturday, spoke with The Record about being a “supercentarian” and reflected on the art of aging gracefully. After all, she’s basically a lifestyle guru   Fenton told ABC in 2005 that she drank three beers and a whiskey every single day for over 70 years on her doctor’s recommendation.

“He said, ‘Agnes, you must drink three Miller High Lifes a day,’ ” Fenton recalled.

Sadly, her caregivers have recently discouraged her from drinking alcohol, as she no longer eats as much food as she used to (though, like us, she eats as much green beans, chicken wings and sweet potatoes as she can get her hands on).

While Fenton’s 11 decades are miraculous, Stacy Anderson, a project manager with the New England Centenarian, doesn’t necessarily think people should start buying “the champagne of beers” in bulk.

“Each of our centenarians has their different secrets,” she said. “If Agnes feels hers is alcohol, maybe it is, but certainly we don’t find that to be consistent across all our centenarians.”

Fenton, who’s in a wheelchair, could hardly believe her milestone birthday.

“When I was 100 years old, I went to the mirror to thank God that I was still here. And I thank him every morning,” she said.

“He gave me a long life and a good life, and I have nothing to complain about … You’ve got to have God in your life. Without God, you’ve got nothing.”

When asked whether her caregivers would let her drink some Johnnie Walker for her 110th birthday party, Fenton’s response was simple: “They better.”

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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JLM on

What a gem! God bless her…too funny about the beer and whiskey. And uh…People…please do something about your editing

Laurie on

I think you meant 11 DECADES, not centuries!

silvermander on

Great story, but so poorly written it was almost impossible to follow. The typos and serious grammatical issues are bad enough, but the use of the word centuries instead of decades makes this woman sound as though she’s 1,100 years old!

Someone please edit for this “writer” as she sure shouldn’t be putting out articles without someone riding roughshod over every word she types!

Aussie cathie on

God love her! At the age she can have whatever she damns wants 💚😘

Katie on

Miller High Life (the champagne of beers) isn’t the same as Miller Lite…update the article title and image to match Agnes’ quote!

guest on

This is just too funny. I personally think she has some good genes, as sometimes longevity runs in families. Bless her heart though. I love her spirit. The article, however, is poorly written.

Linda on

How sweet, Happy Birthday Ms. Agnes – may you have many, many, more.

YRhino on

Aww, bless her heart. Her “doctor” told her she MUST drink three Miller High Life’s a day? Was her doctor standing behind the bar and also answers to the name Bartender?

mikeo76 on

“While Fenton’s 11 centuries are miraculous”…sure is because that would make her 1100 years old.

Plus, Miller Lite is hardly the “champagne of beers”Miller High Life was advertised as “the champagne of bottle beers” Miller Lite doesn’t come close. It’s beer for people that don’t really like beer.

alyssa on

ive never met an 1100 year old

Emily on

Did the writers and editors at People even finish the 3rd grade? Y’all have the worst grammar and just over-all stupid mistakes that I have ever seen. I am no English whiz myself, but dang, my 7 year old cousin can write and edit better than you people. BTW, like everyone else has mentioned, it’s decades not centuries. SMH.

Anonymous on

11 centuries……. WOW.
Where do they get these writers

Jackie on

Can I substitute Miller and whiskey for Coors and Patron?

Jackie on

oops, I meant Corona. Which I know is not the best, but dang it, I like it

Brooke on

Hey, whatever works! May God continue to bless her!

Daquan on

Daquan bang dat ole ass like a screen door in a dam hurricane with a 8 pack of Miller Lite Ponies fo lubrication

Grammar Nazi on

Who cares about the darn lack of editing, you’re either intelligent enough to read the article or maybe you should go back to elementary school & get some lessons in context clues. Great job covering this story— That’s all I care about.

Deborah on

110 year old references Miller High Life NOT Miller Lite as pictured.

SuperSeriousWriterAssociashunn on

Dear Silvermander,

Please kill yourself! Seriously, the world would be a lot better off without a snobby ugly woman like you.


Everyone on this page

bbypookins on

SuperSeriousWriterAssociashunn, Who tells someone to kill themselves? That is absolutely horrible. And speak for yourself. I agree with silvermander.

Joan on

Would’nt it be better to start drinking miller lite when you reach 69yrs. As Agnes did.

Eric on

Wait. Miller Lite & Miller High Life are not the same thing. Your copy and quote don’t match up.

davevail on

It is MILLER HIGH LIFE she drinks, not Miller Lite…

Jerry on

According to her she drank Miller High Life. And also quoted in the article is the “champagne of beer.” Nowhehre does she mention Miller Lite. No wonder i dont read People.

Anonymous on

Maria, Miller High Life and Miller Light are two completely different beers. You should probably fix that.

Anonymous on

Miller Lite has not even been around for 70 years.

Bless. Your. Heart.

Anonymous on

Clearly you meant High Life, not Lite. It even says so in the quote… #smh

Jaybones on

Hey Stacy Anderson, Miller Lite isn’t the “champagne of beers”, that would be Miller High LIfe.

Bob on

Who wrote this story? There are errors all over the place!

Sean on

@mariayagoda. Great article but in the interest of accuracy you might need to change something. You quote her as referring to Miller High Life. Your writing and the picture refer to Miller Lite. They are in fact two different beers.

Frank on

Miller High Life not Lite.

Anonymous on

Miller Lite Miller High Life. Come on, editor.

Mike on

Miller high life (not Miller lite) is the champagne of beers. Great fact checking on your part

Scubasteve on

Please fix the image and title. High life beer is completely different than Miller Lite. Poor editing

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Tom Ewart on

Can’t you even get the correct beer in the photo… Don’t let kids play on your computers who can’t read… The Editors at People should be ashamed…

Darlene on

Awesome article. But, please update the beer image to Miller High Life, it’s currently Miller Lite which is not correct.

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