The Peninsula Villages ‘100-Club’ is celebrating an all-time high, with nine centenarians enjoying life together in residential care on the beautiful Central Coast.
Edna Taylor is the latest resident to join Peninsula Villages’ most revered club, celebrating her 100th birthday on 20 October. The daughter of an ANZAC soldier from World War I, Edna lives in Jack Aldous House and enjoys outings with her family.
“I’ve had such a wonderful life and can’t believe I made it to 100,” said Edna.
“I was lucky enough to share my birthday with all my family and friends from Jack Aldous House as well as the lovely staff at the Village,” she added.
Edna joins Beatrice Abrahams (102), Norma Petersen (101), Frances Dawson (101), George Jackson, Dorothy Callister, Gordon Briggs, Joy Lewis and Phyliss Hill (all 100) as centenarians. Boasting a combined lifespan of almost 1,000 years, they share some incredible experiences and memories.
Aside from being a record for the Village in terms of the number of centenarians living together, it’s also the first time two males have been in Peninsula Villages’ ‘100 Club’ at the same time.
In a demonstration of the quality of full-time care on hand at the not-for-profit aged care facility, membership has grown 50 percent in the past 12 months – up from six in October 2018.
Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves said he believed that maintaining an environment of inclusion, independence and support was crucial to longevity in full-time care.
“There’s not many places where you’ll find nine centenarians living at the same address,” said Shane.
“This is a first for us and we believe it’s testament to our commitment to supported living that’s carried out through our lovely staff, lifestyle programs, modern accommodation and nutritious meals.”
With Australian life expectancies constantly increasing, Shane is confident the ‘100 Club’ will break double figures in the very near future.
“We’re in the middle of a process where we are changing our care methodologies and we think it’s going to really improve the experience here at Peninsula Villages,” said Shane.
“People are living longer and moving into residential aged care at a later age which means we are adapting our services and our models of care to ensure we can cater for our community of seniors now and long into the future.
“Who knows – maybe we will have 10, 11 or even 12 to celebrate this amazing milestone with next year,” he concluded.
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Frances Dawson, Gordon Briggs, Phyllis Hill, Joy Lewis, Beatrice 'Biddy' Adams, Dorothy Callister, Norma Petersen, George Jackson