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ACH Group customers Bill, Peg and Charlie

Special Good Lives moment with three centenarians from ACH Group community

In a world that seems to be constantly evolving, where the pace of life quickens, and technology reshapes the way we live, there exists a remarkable group of people who have weathered a century of change.

Let us introduce you to three centenarians from the ACH Group community who came together to have a little fun, share their insights on the world, and reflect on their lives.

Bill Leaney, a resident of Milpara, was 101 on 1 October 2023, Peg Cousins, who turned 103 on 7 October 2023, lives in of of the ACH Group retirement villages, while Charlie D’Angelica, a home care customer, celebrated his 100th birthday on 22 September 2023.

Bill Leaney

What is the biggest world event you have experienced?

World War II. I was 18 years old and served in the Australian Army in New Guinea.

If you were Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing you would do?

Resign! I wouldn’t want all that responsibility.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I think Italy because I have been talking about the country with the Italians who live at Milpara with me.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

If I had a superpower, what would I do… I’d probably organise the maximum possible care for animals. I love animals.

What was your favourite decade to live in?

The late 20s and early 30s. I was a happy child in school in North Adelaide. Living at Milpara has been one of the most exciting times of my life, I’ve made so many new friends.

Peg Cousins

What is the biggest world event you have experienced?

World War II. I was in the army for three and a half years as a signal officer.

What technology has had the biggest impact on your life?

Bypass operation of the heart. It is a surgery I have had.

If you could travel anywhere in the world,
where would you go?

I prefer travelling in Australia. If I was to go overseas it would be Canada in autumn – that is a wonderful time of the year.

What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?

Strive for what you want but stay content. I think so many young people sacrifice a peaceful life for what they want.

If your life story was a movie, which actor would play you?

Vivien Leigh.

Charlie D’Angelica

What is the biggest world event you have experienced?

For me, it was moving to Australia – 90 years back! I went to Campbelltown School and couldn’t speak a word of English. I would get teased by the other kids, but I was smart and got through school and then owned a market garden.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would have gone to Italy if more of my family still lived there, but I’m pretty happy being here in Australia.

If your life story was a movie, which actor would play you?

Tyrone Power.

What is a superpower you would like to have?

To go back in time.

If you were Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing you would do?

I don’t think I’d change anything. I think we’re going pretty
right here. We’re lucky. Australia can change government, whereas other parts of the world – they can’t change government.

Good Lives Magazine

This article was published in Good Lives Magazine – Issue 12.

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