90’S CLUB—A CELBRATION FOR A GROUP 47 STRONG
AT THE VILLAGE AT GLEANNLOCH FARMS
SPRING, TEXAS, AUGUST 3, 2012: It’s not every day that you find 47 people 90 years old or better all living in the same place. The Village at Gleannloch Farms just threw a 90’s Club party to celebrate this admirable number of smart, funny and interesting men and women who have unlimited life experience to share. The celebration included a special musical performance by 90-something Harvey Sheppard. The active aging community also recognized the baldest, oldest, youngest and longest married couple. The idea to organize a 90’s Club actually came from one of the residents.
“I like to keep busy, so I don’t always think about the fact that I’m 94,” laughed Kap Becker, resident and organizer of the 90’s Club in Independent Living. “I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to get the 90’s-plus people together. There are things to talk about if you look back. Some of us came from the same end of the country and some of us have similar life experience.”
Becker has three children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She
has lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, and Texas. The former school teacher loves
to be with her family, and she enjoys reading. She believes her age has something to do with her genes.
“I had a mother who lived a long life,” said Becker. “I think part of the secret to living a long life is just being satisfied with what you are, what you have and what you’ve done. I’ve just had a wonderful life. I’ve enjoyed everything and still enjoy everything. I think it’s nice to be 94!”
Lavonne Crim, 92-year-old resident of The Village at Gleannloch Farms, stays young at heart by exercising and line-dancing every week. She is also a proud member of the 90’s Club. Crim has two children, one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren. Crim likes sharing stories and items from the past with her family. She has fond memories of her life and her ancestry. She displays a trunk in her home that her grandmother brought from Norway.
“I don’t have any good genes from my parents—my father died at 52 and my mother died at 70. I don’t know why I’m living so long, I haven’t figured that out,” said Crim. “One thing I have learned, it is important to patient and tolerant.”
Staff members at The Village at Gleannloch Farms believe in celebrating their residents’ milestones. Mimi Collins, lifestyles director at The Village at Gleannloch Farms, invited the 90’s Club members, and all of the other 90 plus residents to a huge bash.
“Reaching age 90 is definitely something to recognize, and our residents love a party! We showed them that being 90 or better is something to be proud of,” said Collins. “Everyone enjoyed sharing stories and we all had a good time.”