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Our first Centenarian's Club in Baptcare Karana in Kew.

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IT"S not every day that you celebrate a 100th birthday, but at Baptcare Karana Community in Kew, it seems to be happening so often, that a Centenarians Club was recently established.

By mid-August, six residents at the community were over the age of 100 – sadly two have since passed away. Karana’s Director of Nursing, Belinda Wandabwa said it was an honour to care for these ladies and to have them as part of our club.

By the end of 2015, two more residents will reach their century and join the club.

Doris Wilkin – the oldest resident at 107 said the secret to a long life is “having a sharp and active mind”.

Florrie Quinane (102) said “hard work and happy family life. All things in moderation”, was the secret to a long life while Marion Woodside (102 in December) puts it down to “healthy lifestyle and having friends”.

The youngest of the group Margaret Neely – who turned 100 in June this year said it is due to “longevity in the family” and being active. Margaret said “I walked a lot and had long living relatives.”

The Centenarians Club was the brainchild of Jonathon Vidovich who has been a volunteer at Karana for seven years. “I was sitting with a few residents over 100 one day and another who was just about to turn 100 and I thought a club would be great. I passed the idea on to management who thought it was a great idea.

Dr Margaret Henderson, who lives in the independent living units at Karana, will turn 100 in November this year and …….. will make her centenary in December this year.

Dr Henderson was also recently honoured by Melbourne University after they named a building after her. Henderson House – was officially opened by the University in June and will serve as a teaching and activity space.

During a visit to the construction site earlier in the year, Dr Henderson said she was humbled to have the new teaching and learning Centre named after her.