Alice Pollock celebrates her 106th birthday at Bupa Echuca


106 year old Alice says keeping fit and walking is the key to a long, health life.

Alice Pollock celebrated her 106th birthday with fellow residents, employees and her family at the Bupa Echuca aged care home this week.

Alice moved to Echuca from Sydney after her beloved husband Bernie passed away 14 years ago, to be closer to her family including her son, Bruce and his wife Elizabeth.

In her younger years Alice loved playing netball and tennis, and attending community hall dances, which is where she originally met Bernie.

She has always believed in daily exercise, whether it be playing sport, gardening or walking, which she believes is one of the reasons she’s lived such a long and healthy life. Even at 106, she prides herself on being able to touch the ground with her hands while standing.

Working as a seamstress and doing clothing alterations at David Jones in George Street, Sydney, Alice has always had a passion for fashion and crafts. At home, she made clothing for herself, her friends and family, as well as other items such as tablecloths and curtains for her house.

In her time at Bupa Echuca, Alice has made a real impact on the employees and her fellow residents, including her best friend Joy who she shares a lot of time with.

Always the socialite, Alice also loves to attend any events at the home, such as the Queen’s Birthday Bash held last weekend, in which she was named Queen for the day.

Sandi Lavin, General Manager at Bupa Echuca, said Alice is a much loved and active member of their home.

“Alice has a mischievous giggle that always puts a smile on our faces. We love her positive attitude, and the way she is always up for an event, particularly any that involve music. She’s always awake at the crack of dawn and rarely misses church on a Friday,” Ms Lavin said.

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