With birthday cards taking pride of place in her lounge room, Albany’s Barbara Lister celebrated her special day in a group Zoom call with family and friends from around the world. That might not seem out of the ordinary in this day and age — but this was Ms Lister’s 101st birthday. Born in 1919, when World War I had just ended and a pandemic called the Spanish flu was wreaking global havoc, Ms Lister knows her way around an iPad. Speaking to the Advertiser at her home in Yakamia on Monday, Ms Lister had an infectiously positive attitude and a cheeky glint in her eye. As she looked forward to her afternoon stroll with her cat Shady, she said 101 felt the same as 100. “I’m just happy to be alive,” she said. “I’m so grateful for my health. I don’t have any medical prescriptions.” Her daughter, Anne McIntosh, said her mother was living proof that a positive attitude was the secret to staying healthy. Ms Lister keeps a busy weekly schedule that includes exercise at Albany Community Care, discussion and spinning groups, shopping, spending time with family, and church on Sunday. Keeping up with the digital revolution, the former school teacher stays in touch with family on Facebook and Zoom. “You just have to be grateful and put your best foot forward,” Ms Lister said. Ms Lister had lived at the same address in Perth for 52 years before moving to Albany 12 years ago. After the deaths of her husband and son, she no longer had sufficient support and wanted to be closer to her daughter. She said she had no regrets about shifting her life to Albany.