Youville Centenarians Celebrate Life & Longevity

Youville centenarians Charlotte Taylor, Roberta Macdonald and Sumiko Jarmain-Otani toast to life and longevity at Youville House.Did you know that Youville House in Cambridge has three residents that are over the age of 100? A few weeks ago, we paid tribute to our three centenarians with a special “100-year Happy Hour.” Seated at the table of honor were Sumiko Jarmain-Otani (102 years old), Roberta Macdonald (101) and Charlotte Taylor (101).  Accompanied by family members, staff and fellow residents, the three centenarians were in good spirits as they enjoyed champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a room full of friends.

As the theme was “celebrating 100 years of life,” Dinah Olanoff, Youville’s Senior Director of Marketing and the Master of Ceremonies for the event, recounted historical events from the last century. She asked each centenarian if they had any advice to share about living a long life. This exercise proved that there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to living a long and satisfying life. Sumi claimed that she had always “taken things easy,” whereas Charlotte remarked, “I don’t think I’ve ever taken anything easy!” When it came time for Roberta to offer advice, she seized the moment (and the microphone), delivering a heartfelt speech on the importance of family. “The thing about family is that they are always there, and they are all yours!” she said. She also touched on the importance of avoiding unnecessary anxiety: “You can worry yourself to sleep at night over something, but when you wake up, your problems will still be there.” 

We hope you enjoy these pictures from the afternoon!