Karinya Place seniors glam up for special celebration

Residents of the Carinity Karinya Place aged care community in Laidley have dressed to impress for their annual Seniors Night.

The Puttin’ on the Ritz seniors’ soirée was held as part of Queensland Seniors Week celebrations.

Following an afternoon of being pampered and having their hair and make-up done, residents and several generations of their families enjoyed supper and live music and entertainment.

“Residents attended the night in their finest attire and enjoyed the supper and fine beverages while being entertained by Tamsin Sutherland from Star Powers Production,” Carinity Karinya Place Diversional Therapist Therese Crust says.

The evening also doubled as a celebration of Carinity turning 70 years old.

“We have a Seniors Night every year to celebrate Queensland Seniors Week and this year it just happened to coincide with Carinity’s 70th anniversary celebrations,” Carinity Karinya Place Residential Manager Tuttu Mathew says.

“We celebrated Carinity’s 70 years by having Ivy Clark, the oldest resident of Karinya Place at the age of 105, cut a special birthday cake.”

Therese says Seniors Night is an example of how Carinity is enabling some of Lockyer Valley’s most senior residents to live with purpose.

“Residents made wrist corsages during the months of July and August which took pride of place on their wrists during the night,” she says.

“Each resident and their families had official photos taken as a keepsake and it was wonderful to see the glow on the residents’ faces.”

Tuttu says there have been a number of big celebrations at Carinity Karinya Place in the past few years.

“In 2018 we celebrated 50 years of caring for seniors in Laidley and several of our residents have turned 100 in recent years,” Tuttu says.

Photos by Kathy Foster Photography.

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