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102 year old celebrates birthday

Staying away from the doctor and armchair are the words of advice for a long healthy life, according to a Staffordshire resident who celebrated her 102nd birthday this week.

Nancy Pritchard, who lives at Deansfield House in Brewood, celebrated the milestone birthday with friends, family and staff at the housing with care and support scheme.

Representatives from Care Plus, which manages and provides care and support services at Deansfield House, and Brewood and Coven Parish Council surprised Nancy with a scroll, fruit basket and birthday cake.

Still active and healthy, Nancy walks into Brewood and goes to Wolverhampton once a week. She is a keen knitter and is active in the community as a member of the Brewood Darby and Joan and the Coven Forget-me-Not clubs.

Nancy still enjoys family holidays and is planning a trip over Easter to the family caravan.

With three children, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, Nancy has lived through two world wars and remembers the days of giving birth before the NHS.

“You had to pay for monthly check-ups by the doctor and their attendance at the birth. Things have come a long way, especially with technology. All these new modern computers, I’m not into technology and I’m too old to start now,” she said.

Nancy believes she is from a family of long living people with her mother living to 90, brother to 94 and one of her sisters to 97.

“Our family have got the right genes. But I tell people to keep away from the doctor and armchair, that will help you live longer and stay active.”

Janet Foster, supported living coordinator at Deansfield House, where Nancy has lived for 22 years, said: “Nancy is a remarkable woman, and is one of our most independent residents. She visits the village shops and still cooks fresh food every day and has an active social life both at Deansfield House and at various village clubs.

“Nancy has a daily reassurance call and only occasional visits as we see her most days of the week either at social events, coffee mornings, hairdressing, games night and bingo, or on her way out to the minibus for her social activities.

“It was a pleasure to be able to celebrate her birthday and I am sure she will have many more to come.”

Care Plus owns and manages 13 supported living schemes and three extra care schemes in South Staffordshire. A new flagship extra care scheme, Pencric, is currently being developed in Penkridge and is due for completion in spring 2014.

For more information visit www.care-plus.org.uk or call 01785 312000.