A wish for her 100th birthday

2017-06-20 06:01
Residents and staff nurses of the old age home in Kensington enjoy the company of 100-year-old Alina Julies.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

Residents and staff nurses of the old age home in Kensington enjoy the company of 100-year-old Alina Julies.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

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Alina Julies wants to celebrate her 100th birthday in style at the Kensington old-age home on Monday 26 June.

She wishes for a birthday celebration with a big cake – enough for everyone at the home – and a blanket to keep her warm.

Julies has stayed in the home since 2010.

She says she is glad to have lived this long surrounded by love. She says she admitted herself to the home because she wanted to be cared for and be loved after her second husband had died the previous year.

“It was the best decision I have ever made. I am happy here,” says Julies.

Julies moved to Factreton more than 50 years ago. She worked on farms. She was married and widowed twice. She says it is by God’s grace and thanks to the right decisions she made during her youth that she has lived this long. Her secret, she says, was staying sober, not smoking, working hard, including physical exercises, and respecting life. “I would advise youngsters to work hard and not indulge in unhealthy stuff, especially alcohol, smoking and fast food. Look after yourselves and exercise. Respect your elders and you will never go wrong in life.”

She says the staff at the home are now her family whom she is blessed to celebrate her special birthday with. Julies says though she has grown old and no longer manages to do things on her own, her love for dance and flowers keeps her young at heart. She spends her time at the home admiring flowers planted around the building.

Julies is partially deaf and uses a walker to move comfortably but still has good eyesight and clear voice.

Vera Williams, staff nurse at the home, says Julies is a pleasant person but can be strict at times. “When she came here she was mobile and did everything by herself yet she still wants to help even now. She can be very strict or stubborn. We have a very good relationship with her and she is a blessing to us.”

Board member Helen Major says they are honoured to have a resident like Julies. She says she is their first resident to turn 100 and they wanted to give her a special celebration. Julies’s birthday is on Sunday 25 June but the home will celebrate it on the Monday because her church has asked to spend a day with her and spoil her on her birthday.

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