Seven residents at Wheaton's DuPage Care Center are 100 or older

  • Theresa Galvin, 102, gets a hug from her daughter Carolyn Kalish, left, of Glen Ellyn during a party Monday to celebrate seven residents of the DuPage Care Center in Wheaton who are 100 or older.

      Theresa Galvin, 102, gets a hug from her daughter Carolyn Kalish, left, of Glen Ellyn during a party Monday to celebrate seven residents of the DuPage Care Center in Wheaton who are 100 or older. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Dawn Sullivan of Madison Wisconsin, left, looks on as her mother, June Wassell, 103, gets a flower pinned by recreation therapist Miriam Sheehan.

      Dawn Sullivan of Madison Wisconsin, left, looks on as her mother, June Wassell, 103, gets a flower pinned by recreation therapist Miriam Sheehan. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Queen Mason, 100, listens to her life story during a party Monday to celebrate seven residents of the DuPage Care Center in Wheaton who are at least 100 years old.

      Queen Mason, 100, listens to her life story during a party Monday to celebrate seven residents of the DuPage Care Center in Wheaton who are at least 100 years old. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/13/2019 6:58 PM

Centenarian residents at the DuPage Care Center in Wheaton had a special party on Monday.

There are seven residents at the center who are 100 or older and they celebrated with their families at a gathering that featured cake, punch and memories.

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Organizers said they wanted to do something special for National Nursing Home Week and the party seemed a perfect choice.

"We thought, what better thing than to celebrate our residents who are over 100," said Linda Gray, recreation supervisor. "We call it our 100 Club, a celebration of life."

June Wassell is the oldest resident of the seven at 103.

"I have no secrets," she said when asked about her longevity. "Some days I feel so good. I just take it one day at a time."

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