Meet Ted Mulligan – Age is only the beginning

At 102, Ted Mulligan is one of Home Nursing Group’s eldest clients.

Born over a century ago in 1916, Ted was raised just outside of Guyra on his parent’s property named Glenore. It was here that he discovered his passion for horses. Having to ride 12 miles to school every day on horseback, Ted became quite comfortable in the saddle.

When he was a little bit older, he began to compete competitively in campdrafts where he went on to win first prize 31 times at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. He also got to train the Queen’s horse and compete with it five times at the Show, which lead to him meeting her Majesty and the Duke in person.

Ted was also in the Army for six years, where he served time overseas in Papua New Guinea and Japan as a light horseman during World War II. After the War, Ted came home to the family farm where he met his wife and had his six children.

Ted has achieved many great things in his life; one of those accomplishments was  being awarded the Order of Australia Medal. Modest and unassumingly, Ted says, “I didn’t do anything special, I reckon they just pulled my name out of a hat.”

When asked what life was all about, Ted responds, “If you live it well, do all the right things, help other people to the extent you can, I think you’ll achieve something.” His greatest passions in life are his family, horses, and cricket – in that order. When Ted was young, he played cricket competitively and was even asked to represent NSW. However, the War had just begun, and times were tough, and he couldn’t afford to leave the farm.

 

Ted has lived an extremely healthy life and believes that the key to living to one hundred is staying fit and working hard. However, in 2016 Ted was in an accident where he was hit by a car. When asked about this, Ted responds very casually and, in a way, that only an old Australian bushman would, “wasn’t his fault, I shouldn’t have been walking there.”

Always seeing the silver lining, Ted says he was lucky to be hit by the car because when he was at the hospital, the doctors discovered he had Leukemia. Getting diagnosed with cancer at 99, the doctors didn’t hold much hope. Nevertheless, Ted’s years of healthy living paid off. He was fit enough to undergo treatment and is now the oldest person in Australia to have ever gone into remission.

It was after this that Ted joined Home Nursing Group. He quite candidly states, “I know I can’t do all the things I used to be able to do. After the accident and chemo, I needed a bit more help.”

Although his family is extremely involved in looking after him, having Home Nursing Group come every morning to help out gives them peace of mind. He believes that Home Nursing Group has played a major role in his reablement and has allowed him to get back into doing the things he loves, like going to watch the cricket or visiting his great-grandchildren.

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