Raise a cup to long life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

THE long lives of 31 pa­tients aged over 95 were cel­e­brated at Gran­tham House med­i­cal prac­tice’s first af­ter­noon tea in Wem­b­ley on Wed­nes­day.

“I am one of the younger ones, but I still feel good be­cause I have all my fac­ul­ties, and it feels beau­ti­ful to be sur­rounded by so many peo­ple in my age bracket,” 101year-old Menora res­i­dent Leon Zeitlin said.

Mr Zeitlin stills swim 30 min­utes each day at his re­tire­ment home.

The tea was catered by prac­tice staff and at­tended by 11 pa­tients aged over 95 from sub­urbs in­clud­ing Floreat, Kings­ley, Hamer­s­ley and City Beach.

Staff at the prac­tice can­not pin­point ex­actly why they have so many pa­tients in their 10th and 11th decades of life, with the old­est at 108.

“I think it may be that there are a lot of peo­ple in that de­mo­graphic in our area, and our age­ing pop­u­la­tion, who are healthy and sup­ported at home,” Dr Maria Kailis said.

Many of the prac­tice’s doc­tors also brought older pa­tients when they moved to Wem­b­ley from north­ern sub­urbs in­clud­ing Wan­neroo and Carine sev­eral years ago.

The prac­tice is also long-lived, hav­ing been es­tab­lished more than 60 years ago by Dr Stan­ley Sav­age. Some cur­rent staff have worked at the Es­sex Street of­fice for up to 32 years.

One of Dr Sav­age’s first pa­tients was now 97-year-old City Beach res­i­dent and tea at­tendee Joyce For­rester, who first brought her two-year-old daugh­ter to see the doc­tor 64 years ago.

“It’s good be­ing here to­day with the girls, all with smiles on their faces,” Mrs For­rester said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483803

Nurse Jodie Scott, Joyce For­rester (97) and Dr Maria Kailis cel­e­brate peo­ple aged over 95.

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