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They may have had a combined age of a little over 4800 years, but there was no stopping members of Christchurch’s oldest Flashmob.

Residents from three of Ryman Healthcare’s Christchurch villages delighted lunchtime shoppers with their funky modern moves at The Palms in Shirley on April 10.

The Flashmob included 61 residents from Ryman’s Diana Isaac, Anthony Wilding and Ngaio Marsh villages.

The mean age was 78, and the oldest dancers were 92. Their combined age was 4802 years.

Bob Nurse, a 92-year-old from Ngaio Marsh village, had been practising for six weeks ahead of the performance.

“It’s not that hard really,’’ he said.

“It’s easy when you really enjoy it, and I do. I love the classes, I never miss.’’

Ryman’s activities and lifestyle manager Nicki Brown said the Flashmob proved that it is never too late to tackle a new physical challenge.

“Flashmobs aren’t just for young funky people, they’re for older funkier people. There’s a serious point to this though – the fitter at any age or stage, the healthier and happier you will be.’’

All the participants are regulars at Ryman’s Triple A (Ageless, Active, Aware) classes.

“Our residents credit their agility to the Triple A classes. Without it they wouldn’t have dreamed of taking part in something as adventurous as this.’’

More than 2500 residents follow Nicki’s regime each week at Ryman’s 27 villages.

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HAPPY: The Ryman Flashmob struts its stuff at The Palms.


About Ryman Healthcare: Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies.  The company owns 27 villages and serves over 7,500 residents in New Zealand and Australia.  Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.


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