97-year-old gets her first manicure for Valentine’s Day


With less than 24 hours until from Valentines Day, you might be thinking about what you’ll wear or how you’ll do your hair if have a date. But some ladies got treated to manicures for the day of love.

Students at Washburn Tech’s Academy of Cosmetology were asking how their massages felt as they practiced manicures today on a vibrant group of young ladies from the Thornton Independent living like Buelah Meens who is 97 years old. 

“It was quite an experience,” said Meens. “I’ve never done it before and they look real nice.” 

You read that correct. She got her first manicure on Wednesday.

“I didn’t think it would be appropriate,” said Meens. That’s because she loved to garden. 

“Well I just loved with working with flowers,” said Meens. 

So for the day of treating yourself she chose a nice pink polish just in time for Valentine’s Day.  

But the day of pampering isn’t just about looking nice. It has more to do with feeling good. 

“A lot of people associate with touch holding hands,” said Tabitha Petefish of Thornton. “A lot of older seniors widows don’t have that sense of touch” 

Some are also remembering their loved ones on this Valentine’s Day.

“It was very relaxing,” said Bernadine Shively. “The therapy that she gave me on my arms and hands is wonderful.” 

Bernadine says she can’t remember the last time she got a manicure, but she says the massage was the best part. 

When asked if she had any beauty advice for Valentine’s Day she said to just smile and be happy.

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