Centenary wonders

Age is just a number for a group Narracan Gardens Nursing Home residents, who in the past five years have all celebrated their 100th birthdays.

Jessie Chester, Amy Tosch, Sylvia Hill and Ellen Dickson are the home’s oldest residents at 105, 102, 101 and 100 years old, respectively.

Despite their ages, the women are some of the facility’s most active and are making the most of their centennial years.

Lifestyle and leisure assistant Natalie Casey said the group regularly participated in activities such as crafts, cooking, pampering and lunch outings.

“They’re very switched on for their age, more so then some of the much younger people here,” Natalie said.

The youngest of the group, Ellen, celebrated her milestone birthday on 2 August with family and friends.

She “hasn’t got any secrets” to living as long as she has.

And neither do the others.

But family and a sense of humour appear to play a big part in their longevity, along with hard work.

All four members juggled employment and raising families in their younger years.

They are now enjoying retirement at the Moe nursing home.