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Mount Alverno Center resident Gladys Esposito celebrates 100th birthday

WARWICK (March 20, 2010) – Gladys Esposito, a resident of Mount Alverno, an assisted living center in Warwick, NY, was born in Paterson, New Jersey on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1910. And although she is proud of her Italian heritage, she decided to wear a green corsage and bonnet in honor of the patron saint of Ireland when she recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mount Alverno Center is a New York State approved Adult Home with an Assisted Living Program on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. Its goal is for each resident to maintain a maximum level of independence. Individualized care plans are designed to help residents reach their utmost daily potential. Services are based on a team approach and are provided by highly competent professionals dedicated to the comfort and safety of the residents.

One hundred years ago, when Esposito was born, the President of the United States was William Howard Taft. And while the Irish may appreciate that in 1910 George M. Cohan was producing Broadway shows, her Italian friends and relatives may also be proud that in that same year the well known Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, performed in a production by the equally famous Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1934, shortly after the birth of their daughter Norma, Gladys Esposito’s husband, Anthony, passed away. The couple had two other daughters, Teresa and Jean. And the burden of raising three children in those difficult times rested on her shoulders.

Esposito never remarried but spent most of her life working and raising her family, which now, after sadly loosing her oldest daughter Teresa, numbers two children, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.  

Esposito never smoked or drank alcohol and, extraordinarily robust and alert for someone her age, credits her longevity to a loving family and leading a productive life.

“I started out working for the A&P and later retired from Lord & Taylor,” she said. “But for many years in between, my father, who came here from Italy, owned a furnace oil business and I drove his oil truck. I loved that job.”

Seven years ago Esposito moved to Mount Alverno Center, where she is still an active participant in many of the activities and programs offered. “I’m very happy here,” she said.

When asked about her wish on this special occasion, Esposito replied, “My wish is for everyone in my family to enjoy good health. I have the best family in the world.”

Although it may still seem rare, the fasting growing segment of the population is actually people who have reached the age of 100 and beyond. Providing long term health care is one of the most important services offered by members of the Bon Secours Health Care System.

Additional information about Mount Alverno Center, Schervier Pavilion, Day-At-A-Time and St. Anthony Community Hospital is available on the Web at www.StAnthonyCommunityHosp.org.

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit www.bschs.org

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