Paul Pariscos.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Paul Pariscos. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

Why 93-year-old 'bachelor' Paul prefers to keep his pad

PAUL Pariscos calls his unit at Maroochydore a bachelor pad.

The 93-year-old is not really a bachelor but has lived on his own since his wife went into a nursing home more than three years ago.

The couple moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane four years ago to be closer to one of their two sons and his family.

Mr Pariscos copes on his own with a little help.

"Two women come and clean every fortnight and my son comes and inspects it," he said.

Mr Pariscos visits his wife of 61 years for a couple of hours every day but notices many other residents do not get visitors at all.

"I go there for three-and-a-half years. I'm a member of the family," he said.

"Sometimes she recognises me and sometimes she doesn't but where's the humanity?

"I can see a lot of people dump their relatives there. It's terrible."

Mr Pariscos, a genial giant of a man, moves slower these days than when he was the owner of a busy Brisbane fruit shop and a chef.

But he still likes to go for a walk along the Maroochy River early every morning and is often found there again in the afternoon, taking in the scenery or having a chat to whoever is passing by.

When he is not out-and-about, he can keep up with friends and the rest of the world on either of two computers he has at home: one for Facebook and one for reading the news.

He is happy with his life and where he lives and sees no need to move into a retiremement village of other accommodation designed for senior citizens.

"Why would I want to move there? To meet somebody to talk to? I can talk to people here. If I want make a telephone call, I can talk to somebody," he said.

He may well have a lot of years left in his unit - his grandfather lived until 110.

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