“If you don't use it, you will lose it”, Iris’ advice after turning 100

23 June 2022
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A resident at MHA Homewood says the secret to long life is to keep active and “if you don't use it, you will lose it”

Iris Mitchell celebrated her 100th birthday and to mark the occasion a special party was arranged for her with guests coming from as far as Canada.

The home, which provides personalised residential care for our 50 residents, in purpose-built, en suite accommodation was decorated with balloons and banners to help get everyone into the party spirit.

Iris, who was born and raised in Coventry and has been living at the home for six years said: “It was a nice surprise and to see my family was marvellous.

“I want to thank Jackie for organising it all, and I had a great time.

“Not just me but the rest of the residents really enjoyed it, we had a good old sing and dance and everyone was smiling.

“The key to a long life is to stay healthy, keep moving and if you don't use it you will lose it.”

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Jackie Tudor, activity coordinator at the home said: “We had a great time celebrating Iris's birthday and it was enjoyed by all of us.

“Initially Iris didn't want a fuss, but once she saw what was planned she really enjoyed it, and the telegram from The Queen was very special.

“We had a sing song, her favourite singer Tony Sparks came and performed some easy listening music which was enjoyed by everyone.

“It was a great day, full of happiness and I was very happy to have organised such a special day.”

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