BUSY BEE: Prize winner at the Grafton Show for her craftwork and Angry Birds fan Doreen Dean shows off her skills in her room at St Catherine’s Villa.
BUSY BEE: Prize winner at the Grafton Show for her craftwork and Angry Birds fan Doreen Dean shows off her skills in her room at St Catherine’s Villa.

New age retirement is fun

AT 89 years of age, Doreen Dean is proof technology has no age barrier.

In the past five years she has used her iPad and computer to write her life story, hone her Angry Birds skills and make it to level 85 on Candy Crush.

"The computer was easy to use to - I could get onto Google and do all sorts of things," she said.

"I don't get on that so much since I've got the iPad though."

The avid iPad user said she versed two other people in Angry Bird tournaments once a week, but had recently taken a break from Candy Crush to work on her other passion, craft.

"I don't play it too often now because I've been doing these coathangers," she said.

"These coathangers" won the St Catherine's Villa resident two first place ribbons in the at this year's Grafton Show.

She also won first place ribbons for two embroidered playing card holders, making it four for four.

While it took her longer than most to create the masterpieces due to her daily battle with Parkinson's disease, her hard work obviously paid off.

"I was pleased, I've never put any entries in Grafton before," she said.

"I've only got the finger and thumb on one hand to use, but there are very good people here.

"One of the craft teachers taught me how to do the card holders and coathangers.

"The staff here are marvellous to us - we have activates all the time."

Mrs Dean moved to Grafton from Wollongong five years ago to be closer to her daughter Lesley Turner, who said she was extremely proud of her mum's recent efforts.

"At 89 I hope I'm like her," Mrs Turner said.



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