Dr Charles Eugster, who soon turns 95 believes the key to longevity is work, nutrition and exercise.
The 34 time World Masters Rowing Championship Gold medallist and three time World Strenflex champion views retirement as a ‘financial catastrophe and health disaster’, emphasising the importance of working along with good nutrition and exercise.
Dr Eugster believes retirement should be abolished, as older people could be healthier as a result of working. He didn’t enjoy retirement himself and refers to the Queen of England as an example, who still works hard at the age of 87. Whilst she might not be an avid exerciser her job keeps her healthy which he suggests is fundamental for longevity.
Even though working may help an individual to stay healthier, retirement can also be the start of a new chapter in life with older people leading active and healthier lifestyles as well as trying new hobbies and sports.
It’s clear that a positive attitude towards aging is also one of the most important factors for longevity and living a happy and healthy life, no matter how old an individual is.
Dr Eugster trains at the gym four times a week and sticks to the motto that the purpose of life is to have a purpose in life.
Yet another awesome example showing that age is not a limiting factor and that it is never too late to make a positive lifestyle change and try something new.
Adie Blanchard – Researcher