It’s not every day that someone gets to celebrate their 103rd birthday. On Monday, The Peaks Care Center resident Virginia Magee will do just that thanks to a special celebration organized by the staff.

Virginia Magee is a resident at The Peaks Care Center in Longmont. (The Peaks Care Center/ courtesy photo)

“When I realized she was turning 103, I thought, ‘We’ve got to do something for this little lady,’” said Carrie Sladek, life enrichment director.

Sladek said the care center usually celebrates its roughly 55 residents’ birthdays by holding monthly parties. Since 103 is a significant milestone, Sladek said she approached Magee with the idea for a party just for her. Magee responded by asking Sladek if she was worth it, to which Sladek replied: absolutely.

Magee is very social, Sladek said. She has lots of friends at the facility and participates in plenty of activities, from reading groups to trivia sessions to painting.

“She’s so caring of others,” Sladek said. “She loves to sit by people and talk to them and know about them.”

Magee was born in Massachusetts in 1919 and has lived at The Peaks for about a year, Sladek said. When Sladek asked her what her secret is to a long life, Magee said it’s to “eat lots of peanut butter,” which she does every morning for breakfast.

All residents and staff of The Peaks are invited to attend the party. Magee’s son, who Sladek said Magee is very close with, will be there, as well.

“I can’t wait to see the look on her face,” Sladek said.

Sladek spearheaded the party and came up with ideas for Magee’s decorations and refreshments. The dining area of the care facility will be filled with “happy birthday” banners and balloons emblazoned with “103.” Sladek also made arrangements with the dietary manager to give Magee a carrot cake — her favorite dessert.

Sladek will also gift Magee with a faux newspaper from 1919 displaying significant events from that year, including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the founding of the University of California Los Angeles. Magee’s birth is also announced prominently on the page next to a picture of her taken by Sladek.

“It’s good to celebrate something every now and then,” Sladek said.

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Dana Cadey
2022-11-20 23:00:02
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