WALLINGFORD — Masonicare Health Center honored 14 residents more than 100 years old in a celebration Friday.
The residents had lunch designed from a 1918 menu with friends, family and Masonicare staff. Bethany Camputaro, event coordinator, said the honorees ranged from 100 to 103 years old.
“It’s unbelievable to see people living longer,” Camputaro said. “It’s just a tribute to good care, to quality of life, to having the community engagement to keep them motivated and want to continue.”
Camputaro said the group felt humbled by the gesture and were excited to be a part of a milestone they could celebrate with others.
Beverly Bryda, director of social work, said the group honored this year was the largest group of centenarians so far.
“It’s pretty amazing for them to be here and still be able to talk to you and give you stories,” she said.
Bryda said three of the honorees are 99, soon to be 100 years old.
Jane Thomson, who will be 103 in November, attributed her longevity to the fact that she does not eat meat and gardens as a hobby.
“I only ate a lot of vegetables,” Thomson said. “If a rabbit could eat it, I could eat it.”