Art of Ageing: Meet billiard Betty
BETTY, 87, is an everyday senior who represents the wonderful diversity of NSW's older residents.
Her story reflects an Australia unique to its older generation - a contrast of values, emotions and personality in an ever-changing landscape.
Their stories can also be glimpsed in a 30-image exhibition that will be touring NSW throughout 2018 and 2019.
The story of billiard Betty
"They call me 'Billiard Betty', which makes me laugh! I'm 87 years old, healthy and fit as a fiddle. Every day is a wonderful day. I love everyone and they all seem to love me in return.
"I have my own room in the low care section at a nursing hostel in Taree and enjoy it here so much. This is where I discovered an unused billiard table.
"The staff informed me that they've never seen a resident ever play on the table before - only visitors and their kids. Well, this has changed! I play up to six or more games a day. I find it great fun and it seems to entertain the other residents who laugh when I tell them or they ask me who's winning. Of course it's me as I'm only playing myself.
"My husband (who died three years ago) and my five children all used to play on our table that we had at home, many years ago. But for some reason I never ever had a game with them - I don't know why. But I'm making up for it now, that's for sure.
"I love my life and enjoy every day and am so grateful for everything."