At 104 years old, John Pribanic is an inspiration and a model of one who has lived and fought to maintain an active and heart-healthy life. Several years ago, he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and high blood pressure and was supposed to undergo surgery to insert a pacemaker. However, after fracturing his hip seven years ago, John moved from his home in Pennsylvania to Delaware for rehab. The team at Kent General Hospital worked with John to improve his strength and allow him once again to enjoy one of his passions—walking. After the rehab, John no longer needed that pacemaker.
John has always managed to stay physically active. An engraver for Westinghouse Electric for 40 years and the township commissioner for 25 years, he was also a faithful member of the YMCA in his hometown of West Wilmerding, PA. There, he walked and swam every day until his hip injury a few years ago. Later, he added to his daily exercise routine by joining the Modern Maturity Center where he was able to walk and swim three times a week.
Born in Croatia, John came to the United States at the age of 3 and survives his sister, four brothers, and both parents, who lived until they were 89. He has two sons, four granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. John has not only fought against his own cardiovascular problems, but his wife of 53 years passed away after a battle with heart disease when she was 76.
He currently resides in Dover, Delaware, where he still walks about half a mile or more each day and inspires other residents in his assisted living facility to do the same. He just celebrated his 104th birthday and is still determined to stay healthy to avoid future heart issues.