POLAND: The Gerontology Research Group honors Jadwiga Żak-Stewart, the country’s vice-doyenne, on her 111th birthday

It is with great happiness that I announce the 111th birthday of Mrs. Jadwiga Żak-Stewart, the oldest resident of Łódź and the second-oldest citizen of Poland. In the name of the Gerontology Research Group, I presented her with honorary certificate and gratulations.

Mrs. Jadwiga Żak-Stewart, who is the first person in the history of the Łódź Voivodeship to live to such an age, has an extraordinary life story. In the 1980s, she decided to move to the USA, following her dreams and looking for new opportunities. This is a brave step that allowed her to get to know another country and gain new experiences.

But the love for her homeland has always been deeply rooted in Jadwiga’s heart. Therefore, at the age of one hundred, she decided to return to Poland. Not only is she an exceptional patriot, but she is also a strong woman who has been fully independent until late senility, and maintains very strong character, and sense of humor today.

Over time, Mrs. Jadwiga Żak-Stewart decided to move to a senior home, where she is surrounded by caring care and love. Thanks to this, she enjoys good health and well-being, which is certainly an important factor in reaching such an advanced age. Her story is an inspiration to all of us. It shows us that regardless of age and adversity, one can be strong and pursue their goals. Jadwiga is an example of perseverance, courage and love for the country.

All the best wishes for your 111th birthday, Mrs Jadwiga! We wish you health, joy and further amazing adventures in life. Thank you for proving to us that age is just a number and that determination and passion can lead to extraordinary achievements. Happy birthday!