Dagny Carlsson, 100-year-old blogger, dies at 109

Dagny Carlsson, considered the world’s oldest blogger, who documented her life in Sweden and spread the message that age shouldn’t limit...

Dagny Carlsson, considered the world’s oldest blogger, who documented her life in Sweden and spread the message that age shouldn’t limit happiness, has died. She was 109 years old.

Her friend Elena Strom announced the death. She did not say where or when Ms Carlsson died.

Mrs Carlsson began her Blog as Bojan in 2011, after taking a computer course at age 99.

“I am proof of the truth in the proverb that you are never too old to learn,” she wrote in a blog post. “That is, if you really want to.”

Ms Carlsson had thousands of followers and appeared regularly on Swedish television and radio. In March 2018, she met King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife, Queen Silvia, at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

On her blog, Ms Carlsson described herself as ‘a tough aunt who likes most things’, has a sense of humor and is ‘a bit direct’. Each message was accompanied by an image – sometimes of Ms Carlsson herself, sometimes of flowers or nature.

In her candid and accessible prose, Ms Carlsson wrote about her gym routines, her thoughts on friendship and her loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. Ms. Strom was a frequent guest contributor to the blog.

“I realize myself when I write,” Ms Carlsson told Al Jazeera in a 2017 documentary. “Better late than never.”

Dagny Valborg Eriksson was born on May 8, 1912 in Kristianstad, southern Sweden, the eldest of five siblings.

After eight years in school, she took a job in a shirt factory and worked there for 20 years. She then worked in a corset factory north of Stockholm, where she met her second husband when she was 39. She then worked at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

Ms Carlsson became passionate about cancer research after her husband died of rectal cancer when he was in his eighties. CancerFonden, a non-profit organization in Sweden, wrote about its website that she had bequeathed her apartment and her collection of paintings to the organization in her will.

Information about survivors was not immediately available.

Ms Carlsson continued to live independently until last year when she moved to a care home. In her last blog post, on January 28, she wrote that she was looking forward to “celebrating my 110th birthday in May, preferably with a little party.”

Dozens of commenters responded to this post, thanking Ms Carlsson for her inspiration. “You have truly proven,” one fan wrote in tribute, “that it’s never too late to start living and thinking positively.”

The Associated Press contributed report.

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