To mark the most romantic day of the year, elderly care home residents have given their own relationship advice.
Pensioners from Care UK’s Colne View in Essex wrote their thoughts on boards, to share ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Razvan Stanbeca, manager of the home, explained that the task was a nice way for individuals to reminiscence and was particularly beneficial for those living with dementia.
And it’s safe to say there are plenty of pearls of wisdom.
Ron Hemsley, who was married for 50 years and has three children, says the key to love is patience. He also wrote on his board that ‘laughter makes a happy marriage.’
While 92-year-old Betty Wood wrote that you should never go to bed without having resolved a fight.
Her advice reads: ‘Give and take. If you do have an argument, make it up before you go to bed.’
Former civil servant Sheila Matthews – who married her husband Ronald at 33 – stressed the importance of waiting to tie the knot.
She wrote: ‘My secret to a happy marriage is don’t get marry too young, men are immature.’
Alternatively, resident Nell explains love is enough to conquer, writing: ‘The secret is love, loving each other. We didn’t have much money and we had lots of fights but we always knew we loved each other.’
But one 103-year-old woman recommends not marrying at all.
Margaret Warburton simply wrote: ‘Stay single.’
The pensioner, who never married, explained to staff that she decided to stay single so she could focus on herself and ‘be number one.’
Manager Razvan said: ‘We have some fantastic people living here at Colne View, who always have so many fantastic words of wisdom to share.
‘We learn a lot from their lifetime of experience each day, which is why their advice is so special – and often gives us all a good giggle, too.’
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