June 23, 2018

Retirees decided to recreate a Taylor Swift song and it’s arguably better than the original

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A group of seniors from a retirement village in New Zealand have recreated the cheerful video of the singer Taylor Swift for the song Shake it Off and it became a viral phenomenon.

The elders of the Julia Wallace retirement center in New Zealand set aside the canes, walkers and their bingo sessions to dance and sing one of the most famous pop songs of recent years, as The Guardian reported.

It was released on July 21, with the participation of senior citizens residing in the center as well as local employees and relatives of the residents.

The intention behind the project is to make both the elderly and those who accompany them understand that one is never too old to have fun and live life fully.


‘Just because we’re in a retirement village, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun,’ said Margaret Gregory, 72, who plays the part of Swift in the video.

‘We still have life and energy, and sometimes I feel I do more now than when I was younger because I have more time,’ she added.


This group of elders aged between 70 and 80, learned the lyrics of the song and the dance moves in one week, and they carefully recreated the costumes with the help of a local resident.

Their efforts were not in vain, because the video turned them into internet stars very quickly, and they eventually reached more than 8 million views. More than that, they successfully proved that age is nothing but a number.

This wasn’t the first time the group organized something like this. Two years before, they organized for 52 residents and staff from an Auckland retirement village to do their own version of Saturday Night Fever. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa