January 13, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
With a bright smile on her face and a cheeky glint in her eyes, Eileen Kirk certainly brings a lot of joy to her friends at the Arcare Eight Mile Plains residence.
For her 102nd birthday, she wanted to keep it simple so Lifestyle Co-ordinator Simonne arranged for an exclusive high tea in the Paterson community.
The lounge room and dining area were decorated with colourful balloons and table toppers.
And the clients were served finger sandwiches, delicious custard tarts and fruity sponge cake.
The clients all enjoyed the high tea as they belted out in song and happily chatted away.
A client also commented, ‘It was a great morning and I really enjoyed it. The custard tarts were absolutely delicious!’.
Surrounded by her close friends, Eileen was smiling from ear to ear as everyone sang her ‘Happy Birthday’ and continued with ‘For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow’.
Pink may have well been the theme for Eileen’s birthday party as she was wearing her favourite light pink cardigan while enjoying her pink birthday cake.
When asked how old she was turning, Eileen jokingly said, ‘I feel like I’m 200 years old’.
When other team members and clients found out that Eileen was turning 102 years old, they were all very shocked as Eileen has a youthful and radiant look about her.
Since moving in to Arcare Eight Mile Plains in 2017, Eileen has made many good friends and has been an active participant of the residence’s activities and events.
For example, she was recently involved in Embraced’s 2019 Centenarian Portrait Project.
And at 102 years old, Eileen continues to be able to move around independently and make her own decisions.
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.