MARQUETTE -More than a century of life hasn't slowed Alice Thompson of Trout Creek down -much, anyway.
Still active, Thompson turned 101 last week, and after several birthday celebrations, she received one more gift Monday: a free set of hearing aids from Audiology Associates of Marquette.
Thompson arrived at the office in the Upper Peninsula Medical Center in a wheelchair Monday, but that's only to help her get around faster, said her son, Pete Thompson. Alice still walks fine on her own, and even bowls once a week - outscoring her son, he said with a laugh.
"She's still bowling, and she still gets strikes and spares," he said.
Pete said they originally visited Audiology Associates to get his mother's hearing aid re-fitted, but found out about the office's "Century Club."
"We brought her in here and they said, oh, she's over 100, we can give her free hearing aids," he explained.
The office presents a pair of free hearing aids to anyone who has reached 100 or older, said audiologist Victoria Dinkin. Thompson is only the second patient to take advantage of the offer, since the person needs to be able to come in to the office to be fitted.
"If someone lives to be 100, especially like Alice, who is so active, they really deserve them," Dinkin said, adding hearing is very important for an active life in older people.
Alice has had one hearing aid for several years, but got a new pair of custom-fitted ReSound Azure hearing aids Monday, which she said were easier to use.
"It's easier to take care of and easier to hear," she said. "Before I got one, I was getting tired of not being able to hear anyone."
Alice said the fit of the new pair were comfortable, and will be an asset in at least one important thing that doesn't change no matter how old one is:
"It helps you to keep track of your children," she said with a smile.