100-year-old Glasgow Southsider shares secret to long-life as she celebrates birthday with family

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Italia Pagliocca shares the secret to a long-life as she celebrates her 100th birthday in a Glasgow South West care home

Italia Pagliocca, a resident at Chester Park Care Home in Glasgow’s south side has celebrated her 100th birthday, citing quality time with family - and a glass of red wine and homemade pasta at lunch - as the key to a long and happy life.

Celebrating her birthday on Saturday (6 July), Italia spent her day with fellow residents, family and staff members, with the team at the care home organising an Italian themed birthday party complete with traditional Italian food, drinks and a special guest performance from a locally trained opera singer.

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Italia, of Italian heritage, moved to Glasgow just nine years ago to spend time with her son Michele and his family. A proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Italia has two children, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren ranging from 3 years old to 21 years old.

Michele Pagliocca, Italia’s son, said; “We are incredibly proud that our mother has made it to this milestone birthday, not many people can say they have made it to 100 and I am so delighted we were able to enjoy the day together, and reflect on incredible memories through the years. 

“My mum has lived a life full of rich experiences; she travelled a lot in her younger years, cooked amazing food and invested so much in her family relationships that has resulted in a close, loving family unit that we all benefit from.


“My mum’s motto in life was to prioritise relationships and enjoy the small moments that make every day special. I think this positive outlook on life and surrounding herself with happy, healthy relationships is one of the reasons my Mum has made it to 100 – she just enjoys life.

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“She is from a working farm in Italy and so food and drink played a huge part in her upbringing. Meats, cheeses, wine and oils were never a miss at her table, and formed many of her delicious homecooked meals. She has such a talent in the kitchen, she could make something out of nothing and it was always delicious.”

Chester Park Care Home is set in the south west of Glasgow and cares for 85 residents. It offers nursing and residential care, as well as respite care for individuals. In addition to the quality care offered at Chester Park, there is also an in-home luxury Italian Cafe for residents to enjoy. Continuing the Italian theme, members of staff, and residents, at Chester Park have been learning Italian through a local language school in an attempt to ease Italia’s transition into the care home.

Sunita Poddar, chief executive officer and founder, Oakminster Healthcare: “We believe our care homes are an extension of our residents family homes, we want to make them feel special and cared for and we are thrilled that Italia and her family were able to celebrate with the rest of the Chester Park residents this weekend.”


Chester Park Care Home is part of the Oakminster Healthcare group that currently has five care homes in Glasgow City. They include Cumbrae House near St George’s Cross, Florence House in Govan, Oakbridge Care Home in Knightswood, Chester Park in Kinning Park and Oakview Manor in Pollokshields. 

For further information, visit Oakminster Healthcare.

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