Geertje Kuijntjes on her 112th birthday.
|Birth:||19 July 1905|
Gorinchem, South-Holland, Netherlands
112 years, 35 days
Geertje Kuijntjes (born 19 July 1905) is a verified Dutch supercentenarian. Since the death of 110-year old Nelly de Vries-Lammerts on 27 August 2015, Kuijntjes is the oldest living person in the Netherlands. Kuijntjes is also the last person born in 1905 in the Netherlands.
Geertje Kuijntjes comes from a family of six children, of whom only two survived; two of them died after about three months to have lived, the other two died all equal at birth. Her younger brother, Arie Kuijntjes, died at the age of 66, a couple of days before entering 1977.
Kuijntjes has lived in the town of Gorinchem her entire life. She was a seamstress until her retirement. Kuijntjes currently lives in retirement home 'De Schutse' in Gorinchem, Netherlands.
Despite her age, Kuijntjes has done a lot of things after her retirement; she was still able to go on holiday on her own until age 100 and to make big journeys until the age of 102. She also lived on her own until the age of 105. Kuijntjes participated in the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen fourty times until age 88. In 2016, at the age of 111, she was able to witness the 100th edition of the marching event with help from the 'Ambulance Wens' foundation (a foundation of volunteers who provide free last-minute requests for non-mobile terminal patients daily, using specially designed ambulances). She saved many of her earned medals (of whom one dates back to 2 July 1933, when she completed the 40km edition). Besides that, she also joined multiple marching events in other countries, such as Switzerland (Bern), Austria (Vienna) and even Israel. Kuijntjes also learned English and loves ice cream and dancing. According to the spokesman of the municipality of Gorichem, physically, she's still fit and her mind is still pretty accurate (despite an accident in 2005, when she was hit by a car when she went to the hairdresser and broke her hip, though she eventually recovered). However, in an article about her 112th birthday, it was mentioned that her hearing and eyesight became more poor, which made knitting impossible for her.
Despite the early death of her siblings, she and her parents reached an advanced age; her mother, Jannigje Reijnen (1880–1976), was 96 years old. Her father, Jan Johannes Kuijntjes (1873–1970), was nearly 97 years old.
On 19 July 2017, Kuijntjes celebrated her 112th birthday, making her the first Dutch person since 2009 (following the death of Grietje Jansen-Anker) who reached this age. Despite being almost completely blind and deaf by the time of her 112th birthday, Ms Kuijntjes stated that she still enjoys the small things in life (especially chocolate cake) and is looking forward to her 113th birthday.
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