Ying Lam has been a resident at Regis Hurstville since March 2016. In the past 12 months, we have seen this determined and optimistic woman grow stronger, which shows that age isn’t a barrier to living a full life.  As it’s her 1st year anniversary at Regis Hurstville she agreed to an interview about her life at our aged care facility in Sydney, NSW.

Q: How have you found living in Aged Care?

A: At first, being in a state of semi-consciousness, I thought I would not have long to live. But after a month or so of living at Regis, my health returned and I was back to normal! I feel fortunate, and as such, I intend to make the most of every day!

Q: What does a typical day look like for you Mrs Lam?

A: First thing I do when I wake up around 6:30am is my daily Tai Chi routine. Then I shower, get changed and brush my teeth before breakfast. Some days, my friend Mrs Liu, comes and joins in with Tai Chi.

Cook prepares a special Chinese dish.

Q: Why Tai Chi?

A:  I feel that since I’ve started doing Tai Chi, it has strengthened me. It’s perfect in the morning when it is not too hot, especially with the lovely courtyard we have!

Q: And what happens after breakfast?

A: Most of the other residents would be awake by now, so during this time we start the daily group exercises.  We all have great fun in warm-up/dancing exercises before we get to more challenging activities. I wasn’t great with quoits the first time, but now I’m an expert!  Aside from the exercise, it’s a very good idea to gather us together as it gives us time to catch up. Otherwise, some of us would be too busy watching TV!  Activities vary daily after the exercises so we all go to our choice event.

Q: So of all the different activities on offer, what would be your favourite?

I think bus trips are very good. We always go some place different. For other people it might bring back memories of their younger years, but for me it shows me parts of Sydney that I have never been. I still remember going to feed the birds at the park. Mrs Lam enjoys playing the piano

Q:How do you find the food here?

A: I know Simon (Chef) and Rocky (Chef Manager) try hard to make us happy. This includes setting up Chinese dishes especially for us. As with most people, my personal preference is when I cook! I use a lot of oil, herbs and spices. The food here is good and varied and I don’t think I’ve gained too much weight since I’ve been here! I like it when they do take out nights; I never knew pizza could be so delicious!

Q: Variety is the spice of life.  And I hear every night you’ve been playing the piano. When did you start this habit?

A: It’s only been six months. The piano was newly donated, and so I asked Belinda (Music Therapist) to teach me. Slowly and steadily I learnt to play my favourite hymns. The visiting priests don’t speak Cantonese, although my own priest would come take me to the congregation monthly. I feel that I need to connect with God every day, and the piano helps me do that. I have a lot to be thankful for. To have managers and staff who understand what I need, I feel that it was fate for me to be here.  I’ve definitely done a lot more than I would have if I was at home.

Find out more about this aged care facility in Sydney, NSW by calling Regis Advice 1300 998 100.