POSITIVITY is the secret to a long life according to a Warwickshire resident who recently turned 102.
Birthday celebrations were in full swing at Care UK’s Ambleside, in Stratford, when resident Joyce Edwards celebrated the big day. She revealed the secret to living to this impressive age is her positivity – and ‘enjoying the things you like’.
Joyce celebrated in style with a traditional birthday party, featuring a game of carpet bowls, complete with cake and a visit from her family.
The former Rolls Royce secretary married her late husband Frank in 1942, and had two daughters. In addition to her positivity and upbeat attitude, Joyce prides herself on her love of sports, and played tennis, golf and bowls in her younger years. She also asked her son-in-law to teach her how to windsurf when she was 70.
Joyce, who has lived in California, shared memories of visiting her daughter when she lived in Africa, where she encountered wildlife from boars to hippopotamuses. She’s also a keen painter, a hobby which she has continued since moving to Ambleside care home in 2016, and her work is displayed around the home.
Home manager Julia Joy said: “We always like to throw a party for important milestones, and Joyce’s 102nd birthday was no exception. The last year has been challenging, but it is important for us to maintain a normal routine for residents where ever possible – and continuing to celebrate birthdays is a big part of life here at Ambleside.
“Joyce brings a very special energy to the home – she’s always positive and has a million of incredible stories to tell. It feels like there’s nothing she can’t do, from wind-surfing in her 70s to continuing to wow us with her paintings. She’s a big part of our Ambleside family, so we really wanted to organise something special.
“There aren’t many things Joyce likes more than bowls, so it’s safe to say the event was a triumph! We’re looking forward to celebrating many more milestones with her.”