The Birthday Party of the Century!

The Board of Directors of Pickersgill Retirement Community

honored  five residents at the

Annual Centenarian Tea

 

520 years of wisdom

There are five residents 100 years of age or older residing at Pickersgill.  Not only that, the ages of 3 of the 5 residents are:  103, 107 and… wait for it… 110!  In her welcoming remarks, board president, Faye Tully said, “the census bureau refers to our honored guests as the “super-aged,”  but those of us who know them just call them SUPER.”

What’s the secret to longevity?

“There isn’t any secret,” says 110 year-old Downing Kay. “You just live one day at a time. You take it as it comes.”

All of our centenarians expressed similar sentiments nevertheless they share a common, albeit unspoken, philosophy: engage as you age.  The daily activities of these five residents range from competition level scrabble matches, to participation in the Pickersgill writing group, to “taking the stairs” instead of the elevator. And above all, these residents are immersed in the social soul of Pickersgill Retirement Community.

Admissions director,  Janice Harris, is fond of saying “Life’s eternal at Pickersgill.”

And it’s practically true!  In the next twelve months three additional residents will celebrate the big 1-0-0, and right behind them are 46 residents who’s ages are between 95 -98.

Statistics compiled from Census Bureau data and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say:  In 1980 there were 2,194 Americans aged 100 or older;  in 2010 – 53,364  and  in 2014 – 72,197.  80 plus is the fastest growing age group in the country, and it’s likely many of us will live to celebrate our 100th birthday too.

The Staff, Board Members and Community Volunteers at Pickersgill Retirement Community were honored to be a part of this celebration. Happy birthday to Eleanor Bacon – age 100, Margaret Ford – age 103, Downing Kay – age 110, Albert Schnupp – age 100 and Linda Sennott – age 107. Very best wishes, and many happy returns.   [Tune in to Fox 45 TV on Thanksgiving Day to see a feature on our centenarians.]