30 May Northern beaches local Nadier Milham to celebrate her 100th birthday
Northern beaches local Nadier Milham will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday 26 May, and is still living independently in her own home thanks to the support of her family, a strong local community and vital Easylink community transport services.
Nadier, who has lived in Seaforth for over 65 years in the house built by her husband, Bert, during the 1950s, said the key to her long life has been a close loving family who continue to support her.
Her son, Peter Milham, and his wife, Lynne, live just up the street and often help her out around the house, while her neighbours always look out for her.
“Her neighbours are great. Every few days they will pop in to check how she’s going,” said Lynne.
Easylink’s group shopping bus is a highlight of Nadier’s fortnight, as not only does it help her maintain her independence and enable her to get her shopping done, but provides fun and a social network, which she may not otherwise get, as she doesn’t drive.
Easylink bus driver, Tony, said that in the five years he has been driving on the shopping trips, Nadier has only missed one outing.
“Tony always has a smile on his face – he drives to my house and comes to my entrance to pick me up, and when we’re done, he helps me bring my groceries to the door,” said Nadier.
“All of us on the shopping trip have become friends, and after the shopping is done, we get coffee together.”
An active member of the community, Nadier has contributed to the Manly-Balgowlah branch of the War Widows Guild through her volunteer work, receiving a volunteer’s award at Parliament House in 2008 for her compilation of a book celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Guild.
Nadier is looking forward to celebrating her birthday at Seaforth Bowling Club on Sunday 28 May with friends and family, with some travelling from Queensland to celebrate the momentous occasion.