Dagny Carlsson, Centenarian Blogger, Dies at 109

Dagny Carlson, considered the world’s oldest blogger, documented her life in Sweden and spread the message that age does not limit happiness. She was 109 years old.

Her friend Elena Strom announced the death. She did not say that Ms. Carlson died.

Ms. Carlson started his blog in 2011 under the name Bojan, after completing a computer course when he was 99 years old.

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

Ms. Carlson 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 Sylvia, at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

On her blog, Ms. Carlson described herself as “a tough aunt who likes most things,” who has a sense of humor and who is “a little straight.” Each post was accompanied by an image – sometimes Ms. Carlson himself, sometimes flowers or nature.

In her clear, accessible prose, Ms. Carlson wrote about her gymnastics routines, her thoughts on friendship, and her loneliness during the coronavirus epidemic. Ms. Strom was a frequent guest contributor to the blog.

“I find self-fulfillment when I write,” Ms. Carlson told Al Jazeera in a 2017 documentary. “Sometimes than not reaching.”

Dagny Walborg Erickson was born on May 8, 1912 in Christianstadt, 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 later worked at a corset factory north of Stockholm, where she met her second husband when she was 39 years old. She later worked for the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

Ms. Carlson became enthusiastic about cancer research after her husband died of rectal cancer in the 80’s. A nonprofit in Sweden, Kanserfonden wrote on her website that she had left the organization in her will and her collection of pictures.

Information about the survivors was not immediately available.

Ms. Carlson continued to live independently until last year, when she moved into a retirement 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 small party.”

Dozens of commenters responded to that post, Ms. Carlson for his inspiration. “You’ve really proved,” one fan wrote in tribute, “that it’s never too late to start living and thinking positively.”

Associated Press Contribution Report.

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