Celebrating record number of centenarian residents

When the clock struck midnight on the night of Friday 4 May 2018, Peninsula Villages welcomed their latest addition to the Centenarians Club, as Norma  Peterson celebrated 100 years since the day she was born.

Norma joins fellow Peninsula Villages’ residents Dot Devine (104), Biddy Abrahams (101),

Edna Burt (101), Mabel Laidlaw (100) and Frances Dawson (100) to reach the prestigious milestone.

Norma was welcomed with open arms into the Peninsula Villages family just over 18 months ago and is cared for within the Villages’ Jack Aldous House, which provides 24-hour assistance to its residents.

Peninsula Villages Chief Executive Officer, Shane Neaves said everyone involved at that the community aged care organisation is honoured to have played an integral part in all of the Centenarian’s lives.

“We are very fortunate at Peninsula Villages to be able to care for and support all of these fantastic ladies,” Shane said.

“The ladies are spread between our various facilities which cater for all levels of care. Regardless of what their age may be, the Centenarians stay very involved in our leisure and lifestyle activities and regularly partake in excursions and special events which Peninsula Villages offers all our residents.

“As I’m sure you can imagine, all of our Centenarians have lived very fulfilling lives. Some were born overseas, whilst others were born just minutes down the road. Their time at Peninsula Villages may be just another chapter in their life, but to be a part of something as special as someone celebrating 100 years on Earth is very humbling.

“It must be mentioned that none of the Centenarians had turned 100 before they joined us here at

Peninsula Villages, perhaps our services are the secret ingredient to longevity!” Shane joked.

“All jokes aside, everyone at Peninsula Villages hopes we can continue to provide care for these wonderful women and all our other much loved residents for many years to come,” he added.

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In late May, the organisation marked the milestone of a combined 606 years of these wonderful residents with a special high tea. The six lovely ladies enjoyed sharing their memories of the 1910s, living through more than 23 Australian Prime Ministers, two World Wars and the Great Depression, as well as all the wonderful years with family, friends and each other at the Village.

“Over a few scones and tea we enjoyed hearing the ladies speak about their milestone age where they agreed that age is just a number and that they live for each day,” continued Shane.

“They talked about the importance of family, people, relationships and love. Their view on life is truly an inspiration and motivation,” concluded Shane.

Photo From Left to Right - Norma, Biddy, Mabel, Frances, Norma, Dot and CEO Shane Neaves