Rose joins 100 club

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

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!”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Michelle Juan Salmeri, Pam Suer­mondt, Rose Juan, Peter Juan and Diane Smith.

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