MONTHS of hard work and elbow grease have finally come to fruition for the Uniting AgeWell Rosetta community.
The Strathaven aged care home was transformed into a 1950s diner as part of a special Grease party, which saw Uniting AgeWell residents, staff and family dress the part and participate in a range of Grease-themed activities.
A number of highlights from the event included dress up, professional hair and makeup, a three-piece band, Rock N Roll dancers and a photo booth.
Residential services manager Denise Hallam said the Grease theme was all about evoking fond memories and having a good time.
“No matter what your age, I think Grease is something that all generations can relate to, whether it be the movie or the time period,” she said.
“All our staff and residents have worked hard to bring this event together and they have really gone all out, from the decorations to the hair, makeup and costumes.
“Hosting events such as these which brings together the Uniting AgeWell Rosetta community really builds a sense of community and working towards a common goal.
“And it’s a perfect way of celebrating age and seeing it in a positive light – that just because we’re getting older doesn’t mean it can’t be filled with fun, laughter and joyful times.”
Strathaven resident Evelyn Spencer, who dressed up as Sandy in a nod to the occasion, said she was looking forward to the activities to be held across the day.
Although more of a jazz and classical music fan, she said she always enjoyed participating in the wide range of activities Uniting AgeWell offered its residents.
“I don’t mind dressing up, having a bit of fun and making a fool of myself,” she said.
“I always look forward to the activities on offer and attend all the theme nights and special dinners.”
The Grease party formed part of the ‘Celebration of Ageing Well’ initiative, in which Uniting AgeWell celebrates and formally recognises the achievements of its clients, staff and residents.
Across the Strathaven and Strathglen residences, 25 staff members were recognised for varying years of service and six residents were acknowledged for reaching their emerald birthdays.
Among the staff to be recognised was Jillian Murfett for 35 years of service at Strathaven.
Strathaven and Strathglen are part of the Rosetta services, which form part of Uniting AgeWell.
For more information about Uniting AgeWell, visit https://unitingagewell.org/
Caption: Strathaven resident Evelyn Spencer, middle, with Uniting AgeWell staff at the recent Grease party.