Ruth Haugens

By Morgiana Correa, activity director


Life Care Center of Tucson, Arizona, celebrated our long-term care resident Ruth Haugens’ 100th birthday on June 6, 2016.


All morning, Haugens beamed as associates and residents wished her a very happy birthday. Activities staff members interviewed her prior to her birthday and learned she grew up in Rockford, Minnesota, and for 20 years worked as a bacon packer. Haugens and her husband had one son, Robert, and were married for more than 50 years.


Haugens and her son later moved to Tucson, Arizona, and for the past two years, she has been a resident at our facility.


When Haugens was asked for advice for how to reach the age of 100, her reply was simply, “Everyone has to figure it out on their own.”


We ordered a beautiful sheet cake for Haugens’ party, and we had live music. At each table, the activities department placed facts and trivia about events that happened in 1916, the year she was born.


Haugens proudly wore her birthday tiara and graciously accepted presents and cards from her family and friends. Her granddaughter took her to each table to thank everyone for attending and gave guests the opportunity to personally wish Haugens a happy birthday.


After we sang “Happy Birthday” to Haugens, we handed the microphone to her, and she said, “I love everyone! Thank you all!” which drew laughs and applause from all in attendance.