Older Residents Gather for First Platinum Club Event

May 30, 2014

by S. Aaron Shamshoyan

The first gathering of the Salem Platinum Club brought about 23 area Nonagenarians and Centenarians together for lunch at the Ingram Senior Center.

Patti Drelick, Director of Salem Senior Services, said the event was held in honor of May being Older Americans Month, and she had been working to start the group.

“Today we have about 23 folks with us ranging in age from 90 to 100,” Drelick said during the event.

She recapped the history of the Boston Post Cane.  First introduced in 1909 by a newspaper, the cane was given to town selectmen and designated to be given to the oldest citizen of the town.

Over the years, Salem’s cane was lost, but a replica was created and the tradition continues.  Drelick said Charles Kimball was Salem’s first recipient and he lived until he was 89 in 1911.

“Salem has about 500 residents in their nineties,” she said, before passing the microphone so the group could introduce themselves.

Paul Carol, “The Irish Music Guy,” played music during the lunch.