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"Laughter is the best medicine” attests 106-year-old St Paul’s resident

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Catholic Healthcare’s sprightly resident, Agnes Wilson celebrated her 106th birthday last weekend, chalking up the longevity of her lifespan to a positive outlook. 

The St Paul’s Northbridge resident was surrounded by her family and friends on Friday June 1, where the aged care home she resides in threw a lavish party – complete with a 106-branded birthday cake, a ballet performance from the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and a visit from the Lady Mayoress of Willoughby, Gail Giles-Gidney.

The next day Agnes had her own private birthday celebration with her two daughters and a plethora of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Agnes still has strong memories of her childhood, particularly the relationship she had with her two sisters, Maidie and Mary and later on, the first meet with her husband. 

“I was waiting for friends to go ice skating when a gorgeous creature came up to me, took off his hat, and asked: ‘Are you waiting for me’?” says Agnes.

Shortly after the pair went on to get married, share two daughters Nola and Julie and later on, six grandchildren. 

Agnes was a keen traveler up until 97-years-old, continuing to visit European countries like Austria, France and the Czech Republic where she collected pieces of memorabilia from each location. 

The memories follow Agnes into her slightly slower life today at St Paul’s, where her bedroom is showered with porcelain figurines from all over the world, and photos dating back to her 18th birthday party. 

Agnes says that the secret to her long life is her optimistic personality and outlook (and a cheeky evening whisky) - something she maintains to this very day. 

“I enjoy life, I enjoy every minute of it,” she says. 

“I still laugh because having fun keeps you young and I’ve always been a source of trouble and fun.”