Resident Interviews

Resident Interviews

Read about some of the amazing people living at our four villages.

Dorothy Waddington retired a few years ago, but that doesn't mean she wants to stop working. Like many residents across OCAV’s four villages, Dorothy retired from full-time work but enjoys picking up some part-time work when she can.

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Author, academic and Rushall Park resident Irene Renzenbrink could well be one of OCAV’s ‘ambassadors of ageing’. She keeps busting myths that suggest older people retire at a certain age, withdraw from ‘active service’ and quietly fade into anonymity.

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Starting over isn’t always easy but, Stephen Hince, Currie Park’s youngest resident, is slowly finding his feet in OCAV’s Euroa village. He moved into Currie Park in February after living in Euroa for a while with his elderly father who died earlier this year.

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Cynthia Aliphon has captured most of the big moments at OCAV’s Braeside Park village since she moved in almost a decade ago. Her photo collages capture the faces of current residents and those who have died or moved from the village.

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Jill Dale get’s called an angel by some people in Braeside Park, but she’s having none of it. “If I’m an angel, my halo is rusty". She says any service to other residents is just her way of giving back and showing gratitude for all she has been given over the years.

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At 99 Don Simpson boasts a life of good health and much love. Though there was a hiccup in North Africa in 1943 that set him back a bit. In fact it took him almost two years to learn to walk again after he was hit by enemy fire in Alamein during the Western Desert campaign of the Second World War.

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Truus de Man might be 91 but she isn’t sitting in her ‘armchair waiting for the end to come’. No way. Instead, she’s still in the thick of things with her family and the communities she has been a part of through the decades.

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Marlene and John Green have been singing to someone for a good chunk of their lives and they have no plans to stop. They have spent decades singing in choirs, to nursing home residents, in competitions and around the house. Now they spend each Tuesday and Wednesday singing with residents at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility.

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Jean and Bernard Pidd do ‘starting over’ better than most. They’ve had lots of practice, starting with the move from England to Tasmania in the early 1960s with five small children in tow.

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May Hedin will try her hand at anything. She throws herself into new things with gusto no matter if it’s for recreation, well-being or to earn money. Her life at OCAV’s Braeside Park village in Berwick is a testimony to her willingness to make things happen, keep things going and get others involved.

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Model trains capture most little boys’ hearts and imaginations. But it seems grown men and a few grown women are just as interested.

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