Verna McAdams

West Shore women celebrate turning 100 and more by doing ‘nothing’ but laugh

Langford residents turn 100 and 104 with a dual celebration at Alexander Mackie Lodge

There’s no secret to grow old say two Langford centenarians.

Verna McAdams turned 100 on April 17 and the next day Beryl Tether reached 104. The two woman celebrated with balloons, flowers and birthday tiaras at their Alexander Mackie lodge home in Langford.

The ladies’ favourite thing to do now is “nothing,” both said in separate interviews, each with a little chuckle.

At the senior living facility, there is one birthday party a month, unless you are 100 or older and then you get your own little celebration.

“You don’t realize it being 100 years,” said McAdams. “I have no secrets to share. If I shared my secrets people may find things out about me.”

On Thursday, Tether walked into the dining hall with her walker to an applause from residents and staff right before she enjoyed her lunch.

When it comes to celebrating 104, Tether said, “It’s just like it was before. You don’t notice it.”

She has fond memories of dancing to her favourite old-time dance music including waltzes, polkas and foxtrots. Now unable to dance, she still enjoys the music.

Tether has lived at the lodge for six years and enjoys writing letters – on her electric typewriter – to send to her family. Tether has never sent an email.

Her niece, Anne Smith travelled from Regina to celebrate with her aunt.

“She kept a lot of diaries and she’s always very positive with a great sense of humour,” Smith said.

 

When asked what brought Tether to Alexander Mackie her humorous reply was, “Ask my son he’s the one the put me here.”