ONE of the country’s oldest residents has marked another milestone by celebrating her 107th birthday – and has attributed her longevity to a daily gin and tonic and a hot bath!
Margaret Harper lives at Inchmarlo House Care Home at Banchory, Aberdeenshire, and recently celebrated the momentous occasion with a private celebration surrounded by her large family in the drawing room of the Royal Deeside facility.
One of five children, Mrs Harper was born in The Borders in 1909 and recalls her first memory as being the outbreak of The Great War – and its potential impact on a planned family holiday when her mother became concerned for her vacationing family’s safety.
Having lived through almost all of the 20th century’s most momentous occasions, Mrs Harper cites the invention of the car as the best invention of her lifetime.
Once married, Mrs Harper – who has three children and countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren – travelled to the North east due to her husband’s work and remained resident in the Aberdeen area until the age of 102 when she decided to move into Inchmarlo Care Home within the Inchmarlo Care Village which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Commenting on her special birthday, Mrs Harper said: “I’ve always been interested in people and enjoy keeping in touch with what’s going on in the world – I have always enjoyed reading and catching up with the news. Here at Inchmarlo House, I am very well looked after and provided for and there is a good atmosphere and very caring staff.
“One of the staff takes me for a walk every morning and I have a sherry when I get back. I enjoy a gin and tonic in the evening and end the day with a bath – but it has to be nice and hot or it’s no use.”
Inchmarlo House proprietor, Professor Charles Skene, added: “When Dr Norman Cooper and I decided to build the first Continuing Care Retirement Community in the UK at Inchmarlo, we did so because of official estimates stating that people would live much longer than previous generations.
“For 30 years our medical, social and care support, 24 hours a day, has enabled our homeowners to continue to live independently in their own homes whilst giving their families peace of mind that they are safe and secure.”
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