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Siblings Carmen Wesala, 98, Lawrence Mallia, 90, Mary Cena, 92, Georgia Southwick, 93, and Lucy O'Brien, 85. (Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living)
An elderly US woman says it was her family’s enduring bond that inspired five of 11 surviving siblings to move to the same nursing home.
Over the past four years, siblings Carmen Wesela, 98, Georgia Southwick, 93, Mary Cena, 92, Lawrence Mallia, 90 and Lucy O’Brien, 85, and have all moved to the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Centre for Living in Peabody, Massachusetts.
Ms Cena said living under the same extended roof has enabled them to look after one another.
“We all have different health problems and medical appointments now, but we do always check on one another,” she told TODAY US.
“The 11 of us always got along. There was a lot of love in our family and you can see so much proof of that today.”
Ms Wesela was the first to arrive at the centre in 2012. She was initially joined by widow Ms Cena in 2013, followed by Ms Southwick and Ms O’Brien in 2015 and Mr Mallia in 2016.
Four of the five siblings previously worked at a family-owned grocery store until 1978, with many growing up together in either Peabody or in neighbouring towns.
Ms Wesala, her late husband, and sisters Ms Southwick, Ms Cena, and Ms O'brien, and a late brother, Sam. (Janice Regis)
Prior to moving in together, the sibling maintained regular contact, sharing a weekly bridge game together.
Ms Cena said her only regrets are not being able to share the same experience with her other siblings.
“We are all just so happy to be together again. I just wish my other brothers and sisters could have experienced this with us,” she said.
Ms Cena hopes her story while convey to readers the importance of appreciating and enjoying the company of loved ones.
“When you’re old and you think of the best time of your life, you think of those times when you were surrounded by family and friends,” she said.
“Those were the best times of my life. I couldn’t ask for anything better in the end.”
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