Celebrating the seniors at Holiday Retirement
At Holiday Retirement's Cherry Laurel senior living retirement community in Tallahassee, Florida, each month is cause for celebration. What’s the occasion? Centenarian residents like Mary McAllister, who at age 102, continues to brighten the community with her lively presence.
“Every month we do something special to acknowledge our centenarians, but on their actual birthdays, we make a big deal,” said Cherry Laurel community manager Judy Pardo. “Our centenarians mean so much to the rest of the community.”
Holiday Retirement is proud to provide homes and act as second families to centenarians across the United States. We surveyed 68 residents age 100 or older for “100 Years of Wisdom: The Perspective of Centenarians,” which showcases the lives of these special residents and their insights on the state of the world today.
Download the research report to learn what thousands of years of collective experience have taught the remarkable people interviewed.
Celebrating lives well lived
The monthly celebrations at Cherry Laurel honor centenarians not only for their ages, but also for their personalities, the accomplishments that they’ve made throughout their lives, and the communities they’ve touched. Mary McAllister is a perfect example. She grew up and was married in Norway. In the 1920s, the globetrotting couple traveled to Brazil as youth ministers, and today Mary still speaks five languages.
“On her birthday, we celebrated Mary’s life and her husband’s life, and the fact that she’s always put other people before her,” said Pardo.
Holiday Retirement’s aging senior population is representative of national trends. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 1980–2010 there was a 65 percent increase in the number of centenarians in America. The growth of the centenarian community can be traced to changes in public health, nutrition, and medicine over the past 50 years.
“Our centenarians understand that nothing lasts forever and they take it as a really wonderful gift that they are still here,” said Pardo. “They have meaningful lives and still enjoy every single morning and every single afternoon.”
Holiday Retirement communities offer residents enjoyable retirement living with chef-prepared meals, active social groups and friendly, caring staff. Pardo sees the growing centenarian population as nothing short of inspiring.
“Mary tells me age is a number, not your state of mind,” Pardo said. “Sometimes we forget that she is 102 because she is such a vibrant part of the community. In her mind she thinks she’s about 35.”
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