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These two photos were taken approximately 60 years apart . Reggie beamed with pride in 1962 when she gained her certification. Now, 80 years old, she still beams with pride each day at work. 

If you were to meet Sarah Reggie and learn that she’s 80 years old, you might well think your eyes are deceiving you. You’d be wrong. The Certified Medication Aide (CMA) at PineCrest Retirement Community is taking care of residents who are otherwise her peers. The only difference is Sarah’s employment status, which she has no immediate plans to change.

“I’m so blessed to be still working at 80 years old,” she said. “I love taking care of the elderly.”

So, what’s her story? It dates to childhood, when she periodically cared for her aunt, who was paralyzed. That experience gave Reggie a passion for providing for others, and a dream to one day make this passion her career.

“I was only 10 years old at the time, but I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she recalled.

Reggie began pursuing that dream in the early 1960’s, eventually got married and has worked in the field ever since. “My first job was in O.B. and Surgery at Memorial Hospital,” she recalled. “All these years later and I still haven’t lost my love for it.” She admits the work can be trying at times, but says she “hangs in there, no matter what!” Just consider the advances she’s seen – in medicine and technology – over the course of her lengthy career!

Written by Jeff Bell

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