International Day of Older Persons is on 1st October and aims to challenge the misconceptions and stereotypes of older people and is a day to celebrate the important contributions that older people make to society.

At Abbeyfield, we celebrate all of our residents and older people in our communities throughout the year; and have so many inspiring residents who have accomplished some remarkable achievements and undertaken incredible activities across our homes - check out our selection of residents' stories below.

Read some of our amazing resident stories

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Adeline Franken, a resident of Cove House at the Abbeyfield Silverdale Society, has broken the British record for the oldest female skydiver ever after jumping out of a plane from 15,000.

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Anne and Betty

Residents of Whiston Court, Anne and Betty ladies love to keep busy and after taking part in a few activities within the house and getting some feedback from other residents, they decided to start their own Social Club.

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Abbeyfield Wendover resident Beryl Hunter took a train and two buses by herself from Buckinghamshire to Marylebone, to show her support for Richard Ratcliffe's recent protest at the Iranian Embassy.

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There are many famous figures from the world of football to have a trophy named after them. However, the Chris Nicholl Trophy was named after resident of Speedwell Court, Chris, a former player and manager.

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Resident of Westbourne House, David, shares his long-term hobby of sketching on his iPad to create resonating portraits of his fellow residents and members of staff.

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Ridgway Court care home in Farnham, is home to 87-year-old Edna Jones, who has been creating some rather special gifts to brighten up the lives of children and adults alike in her local neighbourhood.

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Having won the Gold award at Farnham in Bloom for the third year in a row Frank is encouraging residents to enjoy relaxed exercise in the beautiful gardens. Frank hopes his passion for gardening will inspire generations to come.

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John, a resident at The Firs Complex has been awarded ‘Member of the Year 2019’ by the gym he attends.

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Lorraine, resident at St Mary’s House, is a multi award-winning thrill-seeking volunteer with an extensive history of caring for and volunteering with both the elderly and adults who have disabilities.

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Peter Robinson, a resident at Abbeyfield Court in Locks Heath, has given 50 years to help UK charity fighting global poverty, Christian Aid.

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Peter, resident of Abbeyfield Clifton House, is using his passion for gardening to help transform the outdoor spaces at the house and the local community – even creating a Hotel for Bugs!

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Speedwell residents

Residents of Speedwell Court take part in this year's Motitech Road Worlds for Seniors — a unique championship that allows older people and people with dementia to take part in a global sporting event from anywhere.

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Captain Tom 100

Residents of Abbeyfield took on a range of challenges to ‘Get to 100’ as part of the Captain Tom 100 campaign. People were encouraged to take on anything they like – from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters – as long as it was based on the number 100. 

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Speedwell Court's resident artist, Sheila, runs regular classes for her fellow residents, members of staff and the public.

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Meet Valerie (Val for short) she's far from your stereotypical 70-something year old, with pink hair, her own knitting group and a great deal to share.

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Residents at Westfield House

The residents of Westfield House in Loughborough are celebrating receiving an award from the Royal Horticultural Society and East Midland in Bloom.

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