Life’s story not over yet for Bethanie Geneff resident

Ron Fort seen here holding his life story, as recorded by Kingsway College students.  Picture by David Baylis
Ron Fort seen here holding his life story, as recorded by Kingsway College students. Picture by David Baylis

INNALOO resident Ron Fort has lived and worked as a pharmacist in the City of Stirling area for most of his life.

The spritely 99-year-old said he was still as fit and healthy as ever.

“My doctor gave me the once-over and said I had another good 20 years in me yet. I pinch myself every morning when I wake up,” he said.

Mr Fort recently had his life story recorded by Kingsway College students as part of Dementia awareness month.

Students from the school visited aged care centre Bethanie Geneff and interviewed residents to write their life stories.

Mr Fort said he felt embarrassed yet flattered that the students had written his story.

He said a highlight was living in a house he built in Scarborough in 1944 that he bought for about “1000 quid”, which back then was “paying through the nose”.

Mr Fort said he would celebrate his 100th birthday in a week’s time with his five children, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

“It’s going to be a busy week; the whole mob is getting together but I don’t want too many parties for me,” he said.

Bethanie Chaplains co-ordinator David Van Leen said the activity had been invaluable for the students and the residents.

“It is a fantastic learning opportunity for the students to get a better understanding of dementia and how to communicate with those who are living with it,” Mr Van Leen said.