Doris Macken marks 105 with the mind of 18

Albury’s Doris Macken celebrated her 105th birthday with a party yesterday at her nursing home. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Albury’s Doris Macken celebrated her 105th birthday with a party yesterday at her nursing home. Picture: DAVID THORPE

“SEE you next year.”

Those were the parting words from Albury’s oldest woman, Doris Macken, as she marked her 105th birthday with a party at the Albury and District Private Nursing Home yesterday .

A sprightly Miss Macken has seen 25 prime ministers and two world wars, but said she still felt like an 18-year-old.

“I can’t run as fast though,” she said.

Miss Macken said she had no secret for her longevity but others joked it might be because she had never married.

“If I knew I’d patent it,” she said.

“I have just always kept myself occupied.

“I wouldn’t know what it’s like to be lonely.”

Miss Macken has always been interested in politics and despite having seen many of the nation’s leaders, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is her favourite.

She grew up in Balmain on a farm with three brothers and a sister and her happiest memories involve time spent with her family playing tennis.

Once she finished school she started a career in dressmaking and was an active member of the Dramatic Society.

Miss Macken especially liked the fashion in the 1940s and she made many of her own outfits.

She also reflected on the changes that had taken place in schools.

“I remember going to school and standing in a row before class while the teacher inspected our hands and nails and shoes, looking for holes in our socks,” she said.

Miss Macken’s age has not stopped her from enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

“I still go to bed late,” she said.

“It’s nice to get the best out of every day. The nights and days have never been long enough.”

Miss Macken moved to Albury in December to be close to her niece and great niece.

As she reminisced, she laughed and said she never thought she’d end up in a nursing home.

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