Nursing Home Celebratres Oldest Resident- Age 104

Residents at one nursing home held a party to celebrate the upcoming start of a new year and to honor the nursing home's oldest resident, who just turned 104. The special resident was born on Dec. 27, 1905, and a new year's party in her honor was planned by staff at the nursing home.

 It was a late night, according to the nursing home recreational director. When the home held its holiday party earlier this month, the resident was dancing to a live rock band until 11 p.m. The resident said she's not much of a dancer, and that when she does dance, she's usually taking another person's lead.

During an interview Monday, she said she exercises daily. She also said she was born in Brooklyn, had siblings and is Irish "from top to bottom." She said she grew up on a farm and worked with vegetables.

She gets out of bed every day and walks with a walker. She's also a member of a singing group and attends Mass on Thursday, said the activities floor supervisor. The nursing home staff say the resident is caring, calming, patient and independent, and sometimes holds the hands of other residents if they're feeling anxious. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.