Posted: 1 February 2012
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Gran, 100, is Nintendo queen
Game girl ... Kathleen, who turned 100 last week, with her Nintendo DSSWNS .comBy STAFF REPORTERPublished: Today at 12:19
A GRAN who just celebrated turning 100 has revealed her secret to staying sharp in old age — she's an avid GAMER.22 comments
Instead of knitting or playing bingo, young-at-heart Kathleen Connell — known as Kit — spends at least two hours a day playing her Nintendo DS.
And the gran-of-one uses the console so often she even wore her first one out and had to replace it.
Kit, who turned 100 last Friday, said: "It's absolutely super, I don't feel a day over 80.
"I'll play it in the evening, then I'll have a break and a cup of tea, then I'll go back to playing my Nintendo.
"If there's nothing on the television I'll sit for an hour or two and try my hand on a game.
"I can't speak highly enough of it. I don't know what I would do without it."
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Kit has a stack of ten games — including Brain Trainer, Scrabble, Family Fortunes and Art Academy — and spends her evenings solving puzzles and painting pictures.
And according to Brain Trainer the spritely centenarian has a mental age of 64.
Kit's daughter Pam Stewart bought her mum the first console for her 96th birthday and says she has been stunned how easily her mother has taken to gaming.
She added: "I'm very proud of the way mum keeps active after all those years. It certainly keeps her sharp."
Young at art ... Kathleen plays a painting game as well as doing puzzlesSWNS .com
Kit, who lives in Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire, manages to live alone despite having had both legs amputated.
She said: ""When I got the first leg amputated I had to have a transfusion of two pints of blood and after that I began to feel younger.
"It must have been the young blood I was given and I told the doctors how much better I felt.
"The Nintendo has been a great help to me, it's absolutely amazing. If there's any secret to a long life it's to think positive and keep your mind active."