Age ain’t nothing but a number! Just ask the residents at The Oaks at Northpointe nursing home in Zanesville, Ohio!
Earlier this month, a viral video showed 94-year-old Millie (pictured above) going down a slip-and-slide, having the time of her life!
On Friday, Jackie Altier — executive director of the retirement and assisted living facility — told People:
“All the residents loved it!… They said that the slip-and-slide event brought back their childhood. They said it reminded them of the good times that they used to have with their families and their kids, and when they were kids. They had a blast.”
According to Altier, 30 of the facility’s 98 residents participated in the slip-and-slide event — with the youngest being 62.
While Millie was the oldest thrill seeker, she did not let her age get in the way of some summer fun!
“[Millie] went down the slide three times! She loved it… I have three different videos of Millie on the slide and as she’s coming down she’s yelling, ‘I love it! I love this!’ She said… the only thing she’d change is she wanted to go down the whole hill, but we could only go down half of it.”
In fact, the entire extravaganza was Millie’s idea!
After the staff held a sledding event in February, the 94-year-old described to them what they interpreted as a water slide.
Though Millie actually meant parasailing, the employees were determined to throw a fabulous bash!
“We immediately started talking about how we could do this safely… We went with a duck because of the head, that would provide support for the people who wouldn’t be stable in a seated position without that support. We used gait belts. We chose a location close to the curb so that way we could transfer the patient onto the duck.”
As of this writing, the video has more than 8.3 million views.
Though Altier was surprised by the clip’s viral fame, Millie was NOT, and is totally enjoying her life as a celebrity!
“We’re completely shocked. I said, ‘Oh my gosh! Millie’s famous!’… One day when we were coming down the hall, [Millie] stopped me and she goes, ‘I don’t know if you know this, but I’m famous. So I’m gonna start charging for my signature.’”
Because of the event’s success, the facility is going to host another one next month.
“We’re doing a staycation at the Oaks in July, and they want the slip-and-slide to come back.”
Senior Health and Wellness Day was full of laughs and fun!
Posted by The Oaks at NorthPointe on Friday, June 14, 2019
[Image via The Oaks At Northpointe/Facebook.]