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Monarch Landing's Most Senior Resident Turns 100 And Draws Hundreds To Birthday Party

Crediting her longevity to good genes, a positive attitude, daily ice cream and a busy life, Virginia (Ginny) Geis was very excited to celebrate her birthday with family and friends. It was definitely an auspicious occasion. Although she appears to be decades younger, Ginny turned 100 on August 3rd, making her the most senior resident at Monarch Landing, a retirement community in Naperville, Illinois. She lives completely independently and doesn’t even use a walker or cane.

Ginny lived in her home in Naperville until about seven years ago and was frequently an invited guest at Monarch Landing marketing events. “I’d come over and they’d give me free lunch,” she said. For a long while, she didn’t really consider moving in, but enjoyed being wooed and fed. When she learned that some women she knew from Naperville had moved in and were loving it, she reconsidered. “I thought if it was good enough for them and they loved it, it was good enough for me,” she said. Ginny’s been delighted with her decision ever since.

Although she has some vision problems, Ginny is extremely independent and in excellent health. She’s also busy. “I play card games and when there are special programs, I attend. There’s a big fitness program that I’m involved with, and I’m a swimmer,” she said. If she’s not otherwise involved, Ginny’s likely to have some sort of puzzle book in her hands. She especially likes SUDOKU books.

The walls of Ginny’s bright and sunshine filled apartment are covered with colorful artwork. Years ago, Ginny took art classes at the College of DuPage. “Our instructor said, 'Never throw your artwork away. You may be famous some day,'’’ she recalled. “So, I kept putting all of my work under my bed. When I moved here, I decided not to throw it away. When I got here, I thought, ‘Now, what am I going to do with this?’ I decided to hang it on my walls.”

Citing what she loves best about living at Monarch Landing, Ginny said, “All of the people are so friendly. The residents and the staff; everybody. And the food is excellent.”

On August 3, 2015, Monarch Landing held a huge birthday bash for Ginny, drawing hundreds of residents and many relatives and friends. They served cake and, of course, ice cream and presented her with a punch card for one hundred free ice cream treats from the Marketplace Café. “If she credits ice cream for her longevity, we are happy to do our part to ensure many, many more happy and healthy years to celebrate,” said Sherry DeFillippo, lifestyle coordinator at Monarch Landing.

Monarch Landing is a continuing care retirement community located on a scenic campus in Naperville, Illinois, named “one of America’s best places to live and retire” by Modern Maturity and “the best city for early retirement” by Kiplinger. Monarch Landing offers independent living, promoting a vibrant lifestyle for active seniors. The Springs at Monarch Landing offers assisted living memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, thus providing complete continuing care for seniors. Monarch Landing is owned by Senior Care Development and managed by Life Care Services. For additional information, visit or

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