Aged Care Narratives » Skydiving dream come true for John at Arcare Parkinson
February 27, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
Client John Parry from Arcare Parkinson has proved to all of us that it is never too late to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Lifestyle Co-ordinator Jodie Seehars went around asking the clients about their wishes and John suggested skydiving.
This was a surprise for everyone as John has always been a quiet and reserved man.
It was an unexpected wish but the team at Arcare Parkinson set out to make it happen.
A few weeks later, John was about to embark on his age-defying and death-defying adventure.
‘I’m excited, this is something I thought I will never get to do.’ John said.
Lifestyle Assistant Hazel Mauger said, ‘By fulfilling Ricky’s wish, we are promoting clients’ choice and we are helping them to fulfil their dream. I love this job and being able to enjoy this with the residents, it means a lot to me and to them.’
Jodie added, ‘It means so much to be able to give them something they thought was out of reach. Thinking about it makes me emotional, I know it will be very meaningful to all of us, especially John.’
After his tandem skydive with instructor Jimmy, John couldn’t help joking that he got some grey hair on the way down!
‘It was scary when we were going in the parachute. The first minute or so was scary but it was good!’ he said.
John has worked a couple of different jobs all his life – from weighing sugar in a grocery store to painting and decorating houses.
Some of us might have even seen John’s handiwork at Canberra Parliament house where he was responsible for building the parliament flagpole, in which he received a letter of appreciation from Bob Hawke.
But his favourite job of all would be rigging.
‘I’ve been up in a helicopter and in all my life, today was the highest I’ve ever been.’ John shared.
Despite being 76-years-old and in a wheelchair, skydiving has always been on John Parry’s bucket list, and today he was able to tick it off.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.