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John Travolta has nothing on these seniors

UNITING AgeWell Strathaven and Strathglen residents dusted off their white suits, flouncy dresses and dance shoes when the aged care centre was transformed into a disco fever party.

Uniting AgeWell Strathaven relived the 1970s atmosphere, complete with music, costumes, hairstyles and dance moves from the era to celebrate International Day of Older Persons.

Lifestyle assistant Jessica Bond said the day was about recognising long-serving staff and the residents reaching milestones, as well as the Uniting AgeWell community in general.

“After an activity like this, the residents thank us for providing so much happiness and joy,” she said.

“A lot of residents don’t go out anymore, so a big function like this really brightens up their day.”

Leisure and lifestyle coordinator Lina Sierra said the music was very popular among the residents, with many recognising songs and outfits from the era, triggering positive memories.

“Music plays a significant role in our lifestyle activities and this was a particularly fun time for many,” she said.

Resident Violet Murray said it was great to see everybody so happy.

“An event like this gives me the chance to meet other residents, listen to music, dance and break the monotony of sitting in my room,” she said.

Caption: From left, staff and residents at Uniting AgeWell Strathaven and Strathglen Bev Thompson, Violet Murray, Cheryle Bond, Terry Le May, Kay Hawtree, Jessica Bond, Angela Kaye and Ivette Escobar put on their disco.