At a Fairfax retirement home, growing older doesn’t stop a trouper, and residents find that one way to stay active is to get in on the act.

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At a Fairfax retirement home, growing older doesn’t stop a trouper, and residents find that one way to stay active is to get in on the act.

By Fredrick Kunkle
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 21, 2007; Page B01

Jack Moe, sitting at a desk with a fedora slung back on his head like some Hollywood detective, leaned hard into a microphone and filled a voice mellowed by 82 years of use with all the film noir muscle he could.

“So everyone, adjust your radio dial, sit back and enjoy,” he said, clutching a script in his fist. “This is WEZQ, 6251 on your radio dial.”

Sheila and Joe Gildea perform in
Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Summary: Performance by residents Caption: Sheila and Joe Gildea during the presentation. (Gerald Martineau – The Washington Post)
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Heroes, heroines and villains tramped to the microphone as a melodrama, “The Tribulations of Tabitha,” unfolded.

Alice O’Keefe — who is “89 and three quarters” and a mother of six — danced a little soft-shoe number, fluttering a white top hat and cane. She steadied herself on the back of a chair just a moment before shooting a Rockette-like kick into the air.

Frances Groover, 82, sang:

Cadillacs and cataracts

And hearing aids and glasses,

Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,

These are a few of my favorite things!

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