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99 years, 88 keys at Monadnock Adult Day Care Center in Jaffrey

  • Bernie and Louise Watson of Jaffrey provide piano music for the clients at Monadnock Adult Care Center in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Doris Titus and Elwood "Tite" Titus of Jaffrey celebrate Tite's 99th birthday at the Monadnock Adult Care Center in Jaffrey on Friday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Doris Titus and Elwood "Tite" Titus of Jaffrey celebrate Tite's 99th birthday at the Monadnock Adult Care Center in Jaffrey on Friday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 03, 2018 4:53PM

Bernie Watson of Jaffrey launches into the familiar tune of “The Birthday Song,” as Monadnock Adult Care Center Activities Director Mary Parovencher carries in a cake bearing four lit candles – though 99 would be more accurate.

“You’ve all been so much a part of my life,” said Elwood “Tite” Titus, when called upon for a speech. He patted the hand of Administrator Christine Selmer. “You’re good.”

Tite and his wife Doris Titus have been summering in Jaffrey since the 1930s, on Contoocook Lake. Though properly, Tite will mark his birthday on Sept. 20, the Care Center marked the birthday on Friday, before Tite and his wife leave Jaffrey to head back to their other home in Lexington, Mass.

Adding background music to his festivities were old piano tunes, played by Bernie and Louis Watson of Jaffrey, who sometimes come to the Care Center to play songs for those that spend their days here.

Appropriate for Tite, who has always loved music, said Doris. While before his retirement, Tite was an organic chemist at the National Institute of Health at Bethesda, he had a musical side to complement his scientific one. He played the trumpet and was a great lover of jazz.

“Music was always a part of his life,” Doris said.

“So many old memories,” Tite said, nodding his head to the piano music.

This is the first year Tite has been attending the Monadnock Adult Care Center during their summer visits to Jaffrey, Doris said, after he began to have memory problems. The Care Center operates with the goal of keeping adults in their own homes as long as possible, but providing care that includes on-site physical therapy, nurses and can help with dispensing medication and providing structure and programs for those that spend their days with them.

“We have places back in Lexington, but none so convenient. And none where the people are so friendly,” Doris said.