Life Care Center of Coos Bay, Oregon, celebrated a significant milestone on April 9, 2019, when resident Hilda Lopez turned a remarkable 100 years old.
Lopez was all smiles for her birthday party, which she enjoyed with both local family and family members from out of state, as well as her loving health care providers from Life Care. She was surrounded by beautiful balloons, decorations and people who love her, and she even wore a tiara as the birthday queen for the day.
It was the facility’s goal for Lopez to receive at least 100 cards for her birthday, a goal that was not just met but exceeded. Even people from the community who didn’t know her took part in the event by writing her birthday cards.
Lopez shared that the highlight of her party was when she was able to drink some champagne – “my birthday dream come true,” she said. She also enjoyed her favorite meal, pizza and cake, and had many giggles while she opened her cards and presents.
“Hilda is an amazing woman who raised two sons and worked many years as a secretary,” said Dana Wolfe, marketing and admissions director. “Both of her sons were at the party to celebrate their amazing mother and are very supportive and loving toward her.”
Lopez loves animals and enjoys when her son’s dog comes to visit – she calls the canine her grandbaby.
At 100, Lopez continues to be a very active person. She enjoys music, watching movies, reading the newspaper, collecting items and watching the facility’s pet fish in the aquarium. Her favorite activity, though, is bingo, which she attends twice a week.
“She seems to be a very lucky lady as she wins often,” joked Wolfe.
Many of the facility’s associates agree that it is a blessing to be able to care for Lopez during her special years, and she is loved by all.