H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Sep 9, 2011 9:38 PM by Danielle Lerner

Technology helps reconnect local 103-year-old man with his brother after more than a decade

A local man reunites with his brother after more than a decade and it is all thanks to technology.

John Woodford lives in San Luis Obispo. He is 103 years old and has not seen his younger brother, Ivan, in almost 12 years. At 101 years old, Ivan is the oldest patient at the VA Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

Ivan is also a World War Two veteran who just turned 101 years old, so as a belated birthday surprise, the VA Medical Center in Reno used its video conference system to reconnect the two brothers.

John went to the VA facility in San Luis Obispo Friday afternoon to use their equipment. After a bit of trial and error John and Ivan were able to see each other once again, something John never thought would happen.

The two talked about a variety of things. They reminisced about family vacations, their first ride in a car and even passed some old-fashioned sibling rivalry back and forth. One thing was very obvious, they never stopped smiling.

"It's amazing, really I can't believe all the things that happened," said John Woodford. "Can you imagine living without even television?"

As for their secret to longevity, John says his wife of 40 years, Mickey, is a big reason behind that. He also says good genes play a role. Ivan and John's parents both lived well into their nineties and one of their aunts lived to be 102. The brothers are not well enough to travel but say they hope to connect again soon.

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