Care home resident celebrates 106th birthday thanks to special activities instructor

Samantha Dougan and Flo Smith
Samantha Dougan and Flo Smith

Flo Smith, resident at care home Antonine House in Bearsden, celebrated her 106th birthday with an extra special exercise class, designed by award-winning social enterprise, Oomph!

Flo is the oldest resident at Antonine House, a Meallmore care home, and celebrated her birthday with a lunch for 40 of her family and friends and a special class with music chosen by her. A former tennis player and ballroom dancer, Flo arrived at the home with good fitness and mobility and she now takes part in three Oomph! classes per week.

Samantha Dougan, activities coordinator at Antonine House said: “Flo really encourages the other residents when they are in the class even though she is much older than most. She really enjoys the dance elements of Oomph!, and the classes are helping her to maintain her social relationships and speak to other people.

“At Antonine House, we recognise the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle in later life. Exercise builds better circulation, singing stimulates memory plus the routines we practice improve dexterity, balance and grip. We’ve seen a huge increase in social interaction, particularly among residents who were previously reluctant to get involved in activities and a remarkable decrease in resident falls.”

Flo said: “ I love it because we have a great time doing it. Samantha makes it feel like a party and it helps me to keep mobile and feel better.”





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