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  • Swing music and memories remembered at Heritage’s National Senior Citizens Day celebration

  • Residents at Heritage at Milford were whisked back in time with 1950s swing music and poodle-skirt clad employees during a celebration of National Senior Citizens Day Wednesday evening.
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  • Residents at Heritage at Milford were whisked back in time with 1950s swing music and poodle-skirt clad employees during a celebration of National Senior Citizens Day Wednesday evening.
    National Senior Citizens Day originated in 1988, after President Ronald Reagan declared a day to honor the contributions of our senior citizens, and this year Heritage realized the importance of the national celebration as well.
    “We realized it was very important to recognize our seniors and for the public to remember our seniors because they provide a wealth of information,” said Kelly Novak, director of recreation at the assisted living center.
    “We have walking history books here,” Novak said. “It’s your living, seeing history.”
    Not only are they a wealth of knowledge, but they also provide a unique perspective on how the world has adapted, Novak said.
    Three ladies were recognized at the ceremony for living more than one hundred years: Emma Jefferson, born in 1911, Kathryn “Kitty” Reynolds, born in 1909, and Gladys Dutton, born in 1911. All three lived in Milford before taking residence at Heritage.
    The centurions at the center experienced everything from the model T to battery-operated cars, and Heritage staff highlighted the importance of recognizing their experiences and lives.
    “Just to be able to engage with these ladies who’ve seen so much is truly amazing,” said Melissa Heverin, director of guest services. “We always try to do big events like this because it raises their spirits, but it’s about the memories they’re creating again.”
    Heritage resident Shirley Morrisey, of Dundalk, Md., said she remembers listening to music like that played by The Smooth Sound on Monday night when she would go to dances when she was younger.
    “Today I feel young again,” Morrisey said. “I just love being a senior citizen. There’s nothing wrong with being a senior. You still have lots of fun.”
    Morrisey, who was full of smiles as she finished an evening snack, danced in her chair to the sound of horn instruments playing in the front lobby.
    “I’m glad I came tonight,” she said. “Something like this just makes me feel young again.”
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