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It's been a tough year, to say the least. With Covid-19 isolating us from the people we love, 2020 has left many of us feeling anxious, scared, depressed and more isolated than ever.
One of the groups who have felt this the most is residents in care homes, who have often been prevented from seeing their loved ones for months on end.
But while they've had an unquestionably difficult year, they're also more qualified than anyone to tell us that all storms pass, and to put a smile back on our faces.
That's why we thought it was important to spread some Christmas cheer to round off this unprecedented year, and seek out some worldly thoughts from the elderly as we head into 2021.
Teaming up with Birmingham's Bourn View Care Home - which offers residential care and support for those with dementia - we asked a selection of their residents what message they'd like to offer for Tyla's readers, be it essential life advice or simply seasons greetings.
From pearls of wisdom like always being selfless and loving yourself unconditionally to cheery Christmas messages, this is what the Bourn View ladies had to say:
Rosie Boshell, well-being and activities co-ordinator at the home, located on South-west Birmingham's Bristol Road South, said: "We are one big family and our residents mean the world to us!
"We have such wonderful people living here at Bourn View and they have amazing advice that they give to the staff daily and we wanted to share their words of wisdom far and wide".
And however bizarre your festive season is this year, take Betty's advice and "always look on the bright side of life".
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