Rose joins 100 club
KEEPING your mind active, mixing with people and a couple of whiskeys a night is the secret to longevity, according to 100-year-old Rose Juan.
The centenarian has spent most of her life living in the South Perth and Como area and has been an active participant in community activities, often giving back to the people she knows and loves.
Rose says her connections through charity work and local clubs has kept her mind sharp over the years.
“I think playing sport and having an interest in everything is what has kept me healthy over the years,” she said.
“Keeping in touch with friends, performing a lot of charity work and going out, and family are, of course, all very important.
“If you have a wonderful group of friends and a family such as I have had, that makes all the difference.”
Rose says her message to young people, particularly in today’s age of modern technology is to make sure you get out and about.
“I do feel you should keep active and keep interested in things in your community which keeps your mind active. Keep mixing with people, do not get isolated and do not think you are ever too old to be interested in becoming active in your community.
“I don’t feel any different now to how I was five or six years ago and I am still interested in everything, but not as active as I’d like to be.
“I’m still independent but not as independent as my family will admit. I’m still considered a nuisance!”
Rose also has a remarkable memory, something that astounds her children and grandchildren.
“I was born in 1915, when the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli and to me that meant a starting point in life because I grew up in the war and I can remember it quite well,” she said.
“My parents were the official caterers for the officers’ mess at Blackboy Hill, where they trained the soldiers in World War I before they went off to war. I remember a lot of terrible noise – it was the guns they were training on. It is quite a thing to think that the year we went to Gallipoli was my birth year,” she said.
According to Rose’s daughter Pam Suermondt, it is Rose’s individuality, her wicked sense of humour and her generous spirit that has kept her feeling healthy and happy.
“Mum has always been involved in local charities and clubs, whether it has been raising funds for the South Perth infant health centre or the local kindergarten through to volunteering for the Royal Perth Hospital or as president of the Como Probus Club. I think the many friendships and activities she has been involved in have very much kept her going,” Mrs Suermondt said.
Even though Rose likes to keep active and in contact with her family and friends, there is one tradition she says she will never break.
“I have two whiskeys a night, but only after 5.20pm. People often ask me what has kept me going in my latter years and I always say two Johnnie Walkers at night!”
Michelle Juan Salmeri, Pam Suermondt, Rose Juan, Peter Juan and Diane Smith.