Today (21 April), most of the world is concentrating on the Queen as she celebrates her birthday. But at Contact the Elderly, we know there is another birthday today that is just as special.
One of our older guests, Joan from our Chelmsford group, shares her birthday with the Queen and will be turning the same age as her!
Joan, who has been going to tea parties with Contact the Elderly for five years, was featured in an article in The Observer about nonagenarians and shared her secret on being happy and healthy at 90 years old.
Joan said: ‘‘I’m being boastful now but a lot of people say ‘You don’t look 90.’’’
She also says her secret to staying young is ‘‘not to be shut in all the time.’’ Contact the Elderly guests are taken out to afternoon tea once a month where they enjoy tea, cake and sandwiches at the home of a volunteer host. The same group of people meet each month so friendships blossom and everyone gets to know each other.
Joan is a testament to that fact that regular outings with Contact the Elderly help improve general wellbeing and help ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation.
As Joan celebrates her birthday on Thursday 21, she will be turning 90 just like the Queen people are being encouraged to share birthday messages to the Queen via www.thequeensbirthdaybook.com
Contact the Elderly supports over 5,000 older people in communities across England, Scotland and Wales and we are always aiming to reach out to more older people who may benefit from our service.