For the first time, Coonabarabran’s Cooinda Aged Care Facility is home to four centenarians and, amazingly, they are all presently living in the low care hostel.
The 100-year-old residents were all born in 1917, in the midst of World War I, and each cited “family” as the main reason behind their longevity.
While Vera March, Daphne Hunt and Emily Baglee celebrated their birthdays earlier this year, Frank Turner reached 100 on Sunday, 22 October.
Cooinda’s general manager, Leanne Redfern, said she was proud to have four centenarians residing at the facility.
“A lot of these people also didn’t come to Cooinda until late in their life, as people try to stay at home for as long as they can, and it’s great to see they are still all getting around really well,” Mrs Redfern said.
“There is so much more support and services available at home now, but it can get very lonely.
“In his speech for his birthday, Frank said if he hadn’t come to Cooinda, he wouldn’t have made it to 100, due to the care that he received.
“He also said the carers were not just carers, they were his friends - Frank is very positive about his experience at Cooinda.”
Cooinda Hostel residents, Vera March, Emily Baglee, Daphne Hunt and Frank Turner have all celebrated their 100th birthday this year.