We have a plethora of activities that take place every week here at Adira at Riverside but our favorite events are those that celebrate our residents.
Residents like Gladys Ricketts who recently turned 100 years young!
We celebrate all of our patient and resident birthdays with monthly parties but milestones of this magnitude call for an extra special shout out.
Gladys came to our facility in 2015 and has been a vibrant member of the community ever since. We know that she enjoys helping others, loves a good cup of coffee (or two) and she really loves dancing. However, with one hundred years of life under her belt, there is obviously more to Gladys’ story.
I had an opportunity to speak with Rev. Hynes, Gladys’ guardian and one of the ministers at the Church of God in Yonkers, where Gladys has been an active parishioner for many years. He gave us a look at more of Gladys’ story.
Gladys was born on December 24, 1917, in Jamaica, West Indes and immigrated to the United States in the early 1960’s. Over the years, she became a U.S. Citizen and spent decades working in the healthcare field as a Certified Nursing Assistant. As a retiree and widow of Christian faith, she remained a dedicated and active member of the Church of God in Yonkers, serving in many offices of the church. In addition to being church secretary, she sang in the choir and was a devoted prayer group leader.
We were lucky to celebrate her 100th birthday with her but we weren’t the only ones.
On December 23rd, along with a dozen friends from her church, Gladys was awarded a proclamation from the City of Yonkers Mayor’s office.
Congratulations, Gladys! We are lucky to have you with us and look forward to celebrating 101!