Senior center celebrates 90th birthdays

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Director Carla Mann, front, helped several local residents celebrate their longevity recently at the Carroll County Senior Activity & Wellness Center in Berryville. Pictured behind Mann are (front row, from left) Albert Smith, Cleva Smith, Clarence Smith, Eliece Clark, Bill Harvey; (back row) Charlie Hull, Imogene Hall, Maude Wilson and V Cooper. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)

The Carroll County Senior Activity & Wellness Center held its annual May celebration of 90th birthdays on May 19.

Carla Mann, director of the senior center, said that the center invited 38 senior citizens throughout Carroll County who were 90 years old or older or would turn 90 within six months to the celebration. She said health issues prevented some of those invited from attending.

"It's been a tradition for years. We celebrate May birthdays and 90th or above birthdays at this party," Mann said. "It's a way for us to honor them and the fact they've reached 90 years."

Gathered around the birthday cake with smiles on their faces were Albert Smith, 94; Cleva Smith, 98; Clarence Smith, 94; Eliece Clark, 98; Bill Harvey, 97; V Cooper, 89; Maude Wilson, 91; Imogene Hall, who will be 90 in two months; and Charlie Hull, who will turn 90 on Sept. 7.

Cooper, who is only 89 and a half, said she was not sure if she would attend the 90th birthday celebration at first.

"I wasn't gonna come, but they invited me. I'm not quite 90, so I cheated a little bit," she said.

Wilson said she is happy to still be in good health at 91.

"I'm in good shape. My doctor said I got a lot of miles left," she said.

Hull said it was a bit overwhelming to be nearing 90 years old.

"I wonder how much time I got left," he said with a laugh.

Clark said her goal is to make it to 100 years old.

"I've only got two years to go. I really think I'm going to do it," she said with a grin.

Mann said the senior center, which serves people over 60, has several people in their 90s who come in daily or on certain days of the week. As seniors get older, she said, they can suffer from dementia, loneliness, depression and a poor diet.

"This center kind of helps with all that," Mann said. "We go on trips, have bingo twice a week, have exercise centers and serve breakfast and lunch every day. It can help improve a senior's life in many ways."

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