On Monday 8th July, the Arcare Caulfield community celebrated Marie Prince’s 104th birthday. Marie was surrounded by her family, friends, peers and personal support team as she blew out her 104 candles.
Marie gushed from all the attention, as Channel 7 and 9 News came down to interview her for her special birthday.
The lifestyle team had organised her dear friend and world-famous pianist, Alan Kogosowski to play her a special concert at her party.
Marie’s friendship with Alan was formed through Arcare. Since 2016, Alan has been volunteering at Arcare Caulfield and enjoys giving talks and performing for the clients.
The pair bonded over their love of classical music and have been doting on each other ever since. Alan has always been fascinated by Marie’s age and her wonderful life stories, and he was therefore thrilled to be invited to play at her 104th birthday party.
People travelled from all around to come, and celebrate with Marie. The room was overflowing, as everyone gathered around to sing ‘Happy Birthday’, as Alan played the piano.
In Marie’s own words, she has ‘lived a very full and simple life’ and credits her longevity to her fierce ‘independence’.
Marie is now the oldest client ever to reside at Arcare Caulfield, and is the second oldest client across all Arcare residences.
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