Sylvia’s 102nd Birthday Party

Sylvia Landfield dreamed of having a fantastic celebration for her 102nd birthday. Though she suffered from coronary artery disease, Sylvia was an energetic, positive-thinking community member in Laguna Woods. She volunteered time in wellness and professional clubs, and at her church. She did what she called daily “laughter yoga,” and believed that every one of us is amazing.

SCHF helped make her final wish come true with an Angels-themed birthday party featuring a barbershop chorus, musical performers Forever Young (a group of singers in their 80s, 90s and 100s), and handpicked musical favorites. In attendance were the Laguna Woods’ mayor and more than 120 family, friends, church members, and neighbors.

When profiled by a local senior reporter, Sylvia said of hospice, “It makes me feel loved and cared for. Hospice is about making my days better and filling them with memories.” The Southern California Hospice Foundation was happy to be a part of making some of those special memories with Sylvia.

For more information on how SCHF helped make Sylvia’s wish come true, read our feature article in the 2018 SCHF annual report.