Salem honors its senior 'Platinum Club'
Ingram Senior Center members Roland Smith and Fred Archembald enjoyed refreshments and live Irish music during Wednesday’s Platinum Club Tea, a celebration honoring the center’s eldest members. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
The longtime Salem resident, one of 40 or so guests at Wednesday’s Platinum Club Tea event, admitted that life hasn’t always been easy, but every moment has been worthwhile.
Geared toward the most senior members of the Ingram Senior Center, the Platinum Tea was the first event of its kind for the Salem community, senior services director Patti Drelick said.
“We have members of different ages, so we try to offer something for everyone,” she said. “This is something I’ve been thinking about for quite a few years.”
About 23 nonagenarians and centenarians attended Wednesday’s tea, with some of them bringing a friend along.
Violet Jessel, 90, taught yoga classes at the center for many years. These days the Haverhill, Mass., resident prefers to be a student rather than a teacher, but she still hasn’t lost her Zen-ful approach to life.
At 97, Ruth Bourdarlais is an active participant of the center’s weekly line-dancing program.
“You’ve got to stay active,” Bourdarlais said. “That, and keep your brain going.”
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