Juniper volunteer Sue ‘young at heart’ at 75 - Juniper
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Juniper volunteer Sue ‘young at heart’ at 75

Keeping busy and embodying “young at heart” is the key to a good life for Juniper volunteer, retirement living resident, and grandmother-of-four Sue Scott, who just like Juniper is turning 75 years young this year.

“I’m still going – so I guess that’s a good thing!” she laughed.

An active and social resident at Juniper Elimatta Retirement Living Village, where she has lived with her husband Dave since 2015, Sue credits her fervour for life to “keeping busy”.

Sue said volunteering not only gives her a sense of fulfillment but also means she can give back to others.

Visiting Juniper Chrystal Halliday Residential Aged Care Home in Karrinyup most Thursday afternoons, Sue splits her time between the home’s three levels, often supporting lifestyle activities like bingo, as well as spending some one-on-one time with residents she has developed connections with.

“I really enjoy it – I love spending time with residents.”

While Sue doesn’t plan to make a big fuss over turning 75, she is honoured to share the milestone with Juniper, which will celebrate 75 years of serving older people in the Western Australian community in November.

“We are so thankful to have found Juniper Elimatta,” she said. “I love living in such a close-knit community – we get along with everybody.

“Whenever anything happens there is always someone who comes to your aid. There is a real sense of togetherness, and we’ve made many good friends.”

The Juniper value of ‘respect’ resonates most with Sue, who has always stood by the saying ‘treat others how you wish to be treated’.

“I just think we need to respect each other,” she said.

“With all the things happening in the world, I think it’s important that we all show respect to one another.”