Centenarians Contest

AALC’s Supportive Living (SL) communities have many amazing residents who are living well past 100 years of age. We believe their lives should be recognized and celebrated. That’s why we’re awarding a special prize to SL’s OLDEST resident!

We called on our communities to let us know who their oldest resident is and provide us with brief overview of their life/hobbies. We awarded a special prize to the oldest SL resident that can be enjoyed by the entire community!  The winning community was able to choose either a Pizza Party or an Ice Cream Social from our wonderful sponsor



CENTENARIAN CONTEST WINNER 2018


Gladys Lafferty, 104 years young
Heritage Woods of Charleston


"Gladys' 104th birthday was covered by WAND TV station. There is a real nice interview with Gladys from her birthday party at Heritage Woods of Charleston. Here is part of the right up:

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND)- Neighbors, friends and other gathered to honor Gladys Lafferty as she turned 104 years old Monday, March 26, 2018.

They held Gladys’s birthday party at Heritage Woods, the senior community where she lives.

“We get to know these folks; they become extended members of our family,” said administrator Amy Neal. “It’s important that we celebrate them.”

The celebration for Gladys included live music, food and a plenty of birthday cards.

“I had no idea there’d be that many people there,” Gladys said afterward. “I just thought ‘Oh my goodness, they’re making a mountain out of a molehill.’”

Gladys grew up near Charleston and worked at Brown Shoe Company until she retired in 1979.

Gladys was crowned as Heritage Woods' Honorary Queen during the Homecoming in October 2017. She walks to and from the dining room every day for all three meals and is seen out sitting around chatting with others during special entertainment going on. She never has a complaint for anything. She is a wonderful lady and certainly knows her Cardinal Baseball team from St. Louis, MO. She watches every game that is televised. It is such an honor to be able to know such a loving person as Gladys. During her interview, these are a few of Gladys' words:

“I kind of think you should live every day is if it were your last,” Gladys said. “You have to be a friend to have a friend.”"


Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
601 W. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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