Claremont grandmother shows no signs of slowing down on 95th birthday


Pat Perkins (95) with gym buddy Dorota Monteiro (50). Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Pat Perkins (95) with gym buddy Dorota Monteiro (50). Picture: Andrew Ritchie

AT 95, Claremont resident Pat Perkins is showing no sign of slowing down.

The grandmother, who turned 95 today , was treated to a surprise birthday party on Tuesday at Kings Park’s Next Generation Health Club, where she works out four times a week.

More than two dozen ladies from the health club attended the surprise party, which was organised by Dalkeith resident and aquarobics classmate Dorota Monteiro.

“She is the oldest, but she is so amazing,” Ms Monteiro said.

“I have never seen anything like it; she is still lifting weights and she can run too.

“We organised a cake for the party and she blew out all the candles, no problems at all!”

Ms Perkins’ fitness regime includes visiting the gym twice a week and taking part in aquarobics classes twice a week.

She said regular exercise was one of her secrets to living a long life.

“I have 16 stairs at home, so I’m up and down all day,” she said.

Keeping the mind active was also very important, Ms Perkins said.

“Apart from going to Next Generation, I’m also involved in several groups, such as the Bridge Club and the West Coast Community Group.

“It keeps the brain ticking over.

“I’ll keep going (to Next Generation) and keeping busy for as long as I can.”