LIVING a healthy lifestyle is the key to a long life, according to Norma Dunkin.
The Bupa Dural resident has turned 100, and she celebrated with an afternoon tea on Wednesday, May 17 with family and Berowra MP Julian Leeser.
Norma was born at a farm near Armidale and was the eighth of ten children.
Growing up, Norma loved dancing, playing the piano, and tennis.
She married her husband in 1947, and Norma and her husband moved to Sydney so that her husband could receive treatment before passing away in 1999.
Norma lived on her own, until moving into Bupa Dural in 2016.
Her daughter, Dianne Davidson, described Norma as someone who is keen to stay active and engaged with what is going on in the world.
“Norma is a very determined lady and was seen riding a quad bike at her daughters farm at age 93,” Dianne said.
“She keeps up to date with all the news of the day and reads the paper from cover to cover. She likes to know what's changing in the world of politics and has of course seen many changes in her lifetime.”
Norma said no smoking and alcohol, eating fruits and vegetables, and being surrounded by a supportive and loving family has been her recipe for reaching her 100th birthday.
Mr Leeser, who has become friends with Norma during his visits to Bupa Dural, wished her a happy birthday.
"I am delighted to help celebrate Norma's 100th Birthday with her,” he said.
“Every time I visit Bupa Dural, I am inspired by Norma's enthusiasm and zest for life.
“The love she has for her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was on display for all to see.
“I wish Norma many more years of happiness and good health.”