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London’s Older Generations Share Their Secrets To Self-Love At Any Age

From telling someone they’re beautiful to taking pride in your appearance, residents at Brookwater House in London have shared their heartwarming secrets to finding self-confidence to inspire younger generations. 

During a glamorous day, residents enjoyed a pamper session, complete with manicures and hairstyling from local beauty students at Barnet Southgate College. Followed by a photoshoot and social lunch where they shared their pearls of wisdom with younger generations.

With an average age of 86, residents at Brookwater House have watched beauty trends come and go over the years – and certainly know a thing or two about celebrating individuality.

Here are the timeless secrets to finding self-confidence from the residents at Brookwater House Care Home in Enfield:

  • ‘Beauty isn’t just on the outside, it’s on the inside as well’, shared Teju (61-years-old)
  • ‘You are born unique for a reason. It’s important to accept it’, shared Ray (88-years-old)
  • ‘Treat your body with respect’, shared Meryll (97-years-old)
  • ‘Feel good about yourself’, shared Audrey (88-years-old)
  • ‘Remember to treat yourself’, shared Frances (98-years-old)

61-year-old Teju, a resident at Brookwater House, had plenty of words of wisdom to share with younger generations when it came to finding inner beauty. 

In a world where social media often takes centre stage, comparing yourself to others is easier than ever. However, Teju believes it’s important to celebrate your individuality. 

She shared, “Don’t look at others. Be yourself and be confident in who you are. Don’t try to be somebody else – you are unique.”

88-year-old Ray, another resident at Brookwater House, also believes self-acceptance and celebrating your individuality is the key to self-confidence.

Ray proudly shared, “You are born unique for a reason. It’s important to accept it”.

He believes taking pride in your appearance can boost your self-esteem, and “a good haircut, fresh shave, smart shirt and compliments” make him feel good. 

Ray gets his haircut weekly in the salon at Brookwater House and jokingly shared how his beauty regime is like that of Prince Charles or President Biden – keeping him looking like a gentleman at all times.

Meryll (97-years-old) also had plenty of life lessons in finding inner beauty to share with younger generations. 

She believes “beauty is all about your energy”, and the key to spreading positive energy is ‘listening to your body and treating your body with respect”.

Meryll’s highlight of the day was the photo shoot – and she was a natural in front of the camera. Growing up, her uncle was a photographer, and throughout her childhood, she had many fond memories captured on camera. 

Meryll emphasised that candid pictures hold a deeper meaning and that younger generations today often place too much pressure on themselves to look “perfectly posed” in every photo they share.

“In a digital world, it’s easier than ever before to have an insight into other people’s lives through social media. As a result, we often compare ourselves to others more than ever before.

The timeless wisdom and advice shared by the residents at Brookwater House is not only a reminder that there are so many lessons we can learn from older generations but also serves as a perfect example of how true self-confidence is nurtured through experiences, embracing uniqueness and treating others with kindness.

The pamper day and photoshoot perfectly capture the essence of this confidence, reminding us all that beauty comes from within and radiates with age”, shares Hannah Karim, Senior Care Expert Manager at Lottie.

“That’s why initiatives like this one at Brookwater House not only inspire but also bring generations together, creating a sense of belonging, and it has been truly heartwarming to be a part of”, concludes Hannah Karim.

Daniela Danciulescu, Care Home Manager at Brookwater House, shares the joy had by everyone involved in this intergenerational activity:

“As we age, staying connected to others and your local community is really important. That’s why it’s a pleasure to be able to bring generations together through activities like these at our home. 

Our residents truly cherished the opportunity to share their life experiences and wisdom with younger generations, offering invaluable advice on finding self-confidence. It was so lovely to see younger generations inspired by the words of wisdom shared by Audrey, Meryll, Frances, Ray, and Teju.

The combination of a pamper day, followed by a glamorous photoshoot and social lunch, brought joy to everyone involved and created a memorable and empowering experience for our residents.”

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About Brookwater House: Part of the award-winning Hamberley Care Home group, Brookwater House is a luxury purpose-built care home located in Palmers Green, Enfield. Brookwater House Care Home offers residential and nursing care in a warm and friendly environment with plenty of state-of-the-art facilities, including a cosy cinema room and on-site salon to a spacious bistro and private dining room for friends and family.  The dedicated team are committed to delivering exceptional standards of care, enabling residents to lead fulfilling lifestyles. About Lottie: Disgruntled by their own experience of finding a care home for their grandmother, brothers, Chris, and Will Donnelly launched Lottie in July 2021 – a digital elderly care platform that connects care seekers to the UK’s best care homes at a fair price. Blending smart technology with market-leading human expertise, Lottie makes finding the perfect care home for yourself or for a loved one less stressful, quicker and more affordable.  The care homes listed on Lottie are handpicked and have been vetted by Lottie’s team of care experts based on their care quality, home culture and ethical practices. From outstanding care ratings and 5* customer reviews to luxury facilities and thriving home experiences, Lottie partners with the UK’s best care homes that offer an enhanced resident experience and home culture like no other. Chris Donnelly, a Forbes Europe 30 under 30 alumni, previously founded and successfully sold luxury digital agency Verb Brands, while Will Donnelly spent 5 years at CBRE, where he advised on £2.5bn of healthcare transactions and established himself as one of Europe’s leading M&A advisers in the health and social care markets.  The company’s pre-launch financiers included Tom Blomfield (Founder of Monzo), Victoria van Lennep (Founder of Lendable), Jacob Haddad (Founder of AccuRx), Jamie Bolding (Founder of Jungle Creations) and Dominic McGregor (Founder of Social Chain/Fearless Ventures). The digital marketplace is leading the global transformation to a modern and sustainable care sector, where care home living is designed to support people in their later years to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled later life. Choose a Lottie care home today via

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