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Mafalda “Muffy” Brown Celebrates 90th Birthday, Enters Dr. Palekar’s ‘90’s Club’

Turning 90 is a reason to celebrate, and for Mafalda Brown, she enjoyed two celebrations.

Mafalda – named for an Italian Princess – has the honor of being the 90th member of Dr. Bhaskar Palekar’s ‘90’s Club.’

“I started the 90’s Club years ago when I realized that many of my patients were reaching their 90th birthdays,” said Dr. Palekar of Beebe Internal Medicine – Lewes. “The important thing to note is that many of my patients are in their 90s and are healthy. They are active and continue to come in for regular preventive visits.”

Muffy has been seeing Dr. Palekar for more than 30 years.

“My husband and I started coming to Dr. Palekar when we moved to Rehoboth Beach from Wilmington,” Muffy shared. “He’s the best doctor and has kept me going all these years.”

Not Slowing Down

Muffy is 100 percent Italian and grew up in the Little Italy section of Wilmington.

She married her husband, Bill who went by “Brownie”, an avid golfer, and the couple had a daughter, Sandy, and a son, David. Muffy worked as an auditor for duPont for more than 30 years.

“I still remember calling Mom at work and her answering the phone, ‘Auditing Division,’” recalls Sandy, who is married to Richard Porter and lives in Naples, Florida and Ocean View. Sandy’s brother, David, lives in Annapolis with his wife, Beverly. Muffy’s grandson, Jason, lives in Baltimore.

In the 1980s, Muffy and her husband decided to move to Rehoboth Beach. Their first property was on Christian Street and they later built a home in Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club.

“I retired, but I didn’t want to just sit at home,” Muffy says. “I went to work for Jack Lingo and worked with them for 17 years. I loved it.”

Sandy agrees. “Mom never wanted to be idle. She was always going, always doing something.”

Muffy also volunteered for various organizations, including at Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center. Before she stopped driving, she was an active member of St. Edmond’s for many years as a Eucharistic minister and was an active member of the Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth.

Her husband passed in 1990, however other than a heart attack about 30 years ago, Muffy has stayed healthy.

As she approached 90 years old, Muffy had to slow a bit when she had some balance issues, having to use a walker and wheelchair now, but that doesn’t keep her down! She still enjoys socializing with friends where she lives at The Moorings (formerly Cadbury) in Lewes.

“I like to play cards, chat with people, and I used to enjoy Wii bowling, too,” says Muffy with a smile. “Keeping busy and being with people is how I keep going I think.”

Dr. Palekar said staying active and participating in groups is one great way for people to stay sharp and healthy.

“Modern preventive medicine is definitely one of the secrets to longevity because the patients are seeing a physician regularly,” he said. “This way, they don’t fall through the cracks and while they are here I talk to them about preventing falls, eating well, and I have them do regular blood work to make sure they are on the right path.”

“They know I am available to them if they ever need anything, so that provides comfort of mind,” he continued. “I support them and help them plan for all phases of life.”

Dr. Palekar and his office care team hope to continue adding more of his patients to the ‘90’s Club.’

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