New York Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday, Credits Love for Long Life

Here’s a 100-year-old woman who loves to live large.

Caridad McKiver, who turned 100 Thursday, said the secret to a long life is love and finding a big man who you can rest on at night.

“It’s love that got me here,” she said during a birthday bash at an Upper East Side nursing home.

“I like big men. They are sweeter, more passionate and patient,” she added.

The spunky senior, who wore a tiara to celebrate the big day, has been single since her 6-foot, 185-pound husband, William, died in 1986. He served in the Army in France during World War II where he won several medals.

McKiver, who lived in East Harlem, walked to her job as a nurse’s aide at Mount Sinai Hospital every day for 25 years.

Now she lives at the Mary Manning Nursing Home on York Ave. near 72nd St.

Staff there celebrated her milestone birthday. Family and friends who gathered for the party said McKiver has long been the center of the family.

“She’s always been the matriarch of our family,” said niece Mercedes Bobbit. “She’s always kept us going. She’s always high spirted.”

Source: New York Daily News | Kerry Burke, Reuven Blau