They say you are never too old to learn . . . and three centenarians at a Kirkby care home are living proof of that.
Eva Quincey, Rex Deller and Millie Leivers, who all live at Kirklands care home, have been enjoying a host of activities including aromatherapy, seated tai chi, giant skittles and hula hoop games, smoothie making and art sessions delivered by Sutton Community Academy.
The scheme, which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, provides courses at care homes, libraries and day centres across the county - but Eva, Rex and Millie are among the oldest people to take part and they are certainly proving that age is no barrier to learning.
Care home manager Suzanne Dawson said that the residents have enjoyed the workshops.
She said: “Sutton Community Academy have come in to do the sessions and we’ve done all sorts of things like seated tai chi, relaxation, aromatherapy and hand massages.
“It’s helped with their breathing and it gives them a bit of exercise.”
Millie, who will celebrate her 101st birthday on 15th October, also said that she has enjoyed taking part in the aromatherapy sessions.
“It was very smooth and it smelt nice,” she said during a game of inflatable skittles.
Meanwhile, Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture at the county council, said that the courses helped to improve people’s quality of life by keeping their brains active.
“People are now living longer and longer and it’s not just about living it’s about quality of life,” he said.
There is an emphasis on the enjoyable aspects of learning which promote increased relaxation.
Added Coun Knight: “They are supposed to be fun and informal. It doesn’t need to be off-putting - it’s about learning.”
The sessions are managed by the county council’s Adult and Community Learning Service (ACLS).
For further details about the scheme visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/atoz/a/adult-and-community-learning-service or call 0115 977 2185.
To see a video of Eva, Rex and Millie enjoying a game of inflatable skittles at Kirklands on Friday morning, visit www.chad.co.uk.
The trio also make an appearance in our Longest Day video which is available on our website.