Living a Long and Full Life

March 15, 2013 by Morningside Ministries


Living a Long and Full Life

By: Jessica Belasco, Staff Writer for the San Antonio Express News

Joe Adams is a busy guy.

The retired engineer likes to play the piano, dance, exercise and do puzzles. He also enjoys chatting with his friends.

He has a full life for anyone at any age, but even more so for someone who celebrated his 100th birthday in August. Experts say that staying busy helps people such as Adams live longer and have a higher quality of life.

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“They stay busy with some meaningful activity,” says Dr. Robert Parker, chief of the division of community geriatrics at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, about seniors who age well. “They have a reason to get up in the morning.”

Adams, a resident at Morningside Ministries at Chandler Estate, is also careful about his health.

“I watch what I eat,” he says. “I exercise.”

Other seniors offer these keys to longevity:

“A body in motion stays in motion. I play tennis, I walk. I try to do something every day. You don’t have to walk real fast. Just get up to do it. You have to have the right mind-set. You’ve got to be optimistic. Always try to be positive.”

Leonard Stern, 88, competitive tennis player and race walker in the National Senior Games

“If anything hurts, I tell everybody, don’t talk about it. Some little something always hurts, but don’t say anything because it gets worse. I’m never depressed because I stay so busy. I’ve had a trainer for 12 years. I feel blessed that I feel good enough that I leave the house between 7 and 7:30 every day. I come to the office every day and I’m still on the payroll. My work is all with nonprofits. I’m not retired, I’m recycled.”

Rosemary Kowalski, 88, founder of The RK Group

“Find something you like doing and do it. Keep involved. I’ve belonged to the Elks Lodge over 50 years. I’ve belonged to the Masonic Lodge over 50 years. Mean something in the community. Do something worthwhile. I’m the only Pearl Harbor survivor left in this part of the country, so I’m always being called to talk about it, so that’s interesting and fun. Where there are places like our (Dietert) senior center (in Kerrville), take advantage of that. And Schreiner University is always sponsoring things that are available to us. We have the theater group, Playhouse 2000, which is amateur but very good. I couldn’t ask for a better life as a senior.”

Robert Brunk, 89, U.S. Navy veteran, Kerrville

“I just don’t worry about everything. I talk with people. I have many friends.”

Raquel Mathis, 101, resident at Morningside Ministries at Chandler Estate.

“Exercise. It keeps you from being too fat. Don’t carry extra weight. I swim and I also do exercise lying on the floor, ones that keep your body limber. I swim every day, for 40 years. I’m on 20 boards, which is like a full-time job.”

Edith McAllister, 95, philanthropist

Originally published by the San Antonio Express News. All original content may be found here.