Meet Gwen Sharpe, resident at Ingenia Gardens Seascape

Dec 5, 2018

Q. What was the reason that you moved into an independent senior’s rental community and what do you enjoy most about living at Ingenia Gardens Seascape?
A. During 2018 I began to feel an urgent need to find a new home, a neighbour gave me a brochure containing information about Ingenia Gardens Seascapes. I came to inspect and found my beautiful new home. I enjoy every part of a daily living experience with friendly people an excellent manager robust nourishing meals and a beautiful garden setting that is close to doctors, shops, chemist and public transport. I am at peace, feel happy, safe and secure in my new home.

Q. What Activate activity do you enjoy the most?
A. I have readily joined in activate, including carpet bowls, walking and fun games with my fellow residents.

Q. What is your favourite meal?
A. The meal I enjoy most is roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and whatever kind of delicious sweet that is on offer.

Q. Who would be one person that you would like to have a conversation with and why?
A. There are many people who live in the village who have interesting stories to tell about their lives. People from different cultural backgrounds some who have travelled widely are always interesting to converse with as are people who have been through difficult times with illnesses such as cancer.

Q. What has been the proudest moment of your life?
A. During the late nineteen eighties – early nineties I was employed as a Senior Planner and Developing Officer for Older Persons Services with the Health Department in Victoria. As part of my role I undertook a review of district nursing services in country and rural areas.   I was also part of a group of community services specialists who developed and implemented a model of hospice care for terminally ill people. This model of care became the accepted model for Victoria. I applied for and was awarded the title of fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and was one of four recipients across Australia to receive the award at that time. This was for services given as a nurse which were considered over and above the call of duty. For me this was the proudest moment of my life as it epitomised the long and multi-faceted attributes of my nursing career.

Q. What does your typical day consist of?
A. My day begins from 5am and 6am (my cat is an early riser). A typically day for me is filled with many activities including walking, shopping, bike riding, sharing conversation with other residents over lunch. Other activities including social outings, gardening and painting are under taken. My day begin from 5am and 6am (my cat is an early riser).

Q. If you could have a day to do whatever you wanted what would you do?
A. I would make little if any change because the things I do every day give me a sense of happiness and well-being.

Q. What is your favourite quote?
A. Mother Theresa was asked once how she would respond to three negative situations her reply was whatever the situation:

1….”Be Kind”

2….”Be Kind”

3….”Be Kind”

That quote has stayed with me for a very long while and is something I try to incorporate into my daily living experience.

Q. What if your favourite season and why?
A. Autumn has been my favourite season for a long time. It represents for me the casting out of the old and decaying, while ushering in the beginning of the new during winter which manifest in spring and comes into fullness in summer.

Q. Your favourite song?
A. My favourite song is “Unchained Melody” sung by the Righteous Brothers.

Q. One country you would love to visit?
A. A visit to Canada is on my bucket list. I want to meet a wolf face to face.