"Use it or you will lose it", says Leamington centenarian - The Leamington Observer

"Use it or you will lose it", says Leamington centenarian

A CENTENARIAN at a Leamington care home says the secret to long life is to keep active and “if you don’t use it, you will lose it”.,

Iris Mitchell, a resident at MHA Homewood, celebrated her 100th birthday recently with a special party arranged for her.

Guests came from as far as Canada and the home, in Woodcote Road, 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.”

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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