Monday, May 8, 2023
This 100-year-old Ohio man is the world’s oldest practicing doctor — and says retirement is ‘the enemy’ of longevity. Here are his 3 top tips to live a long and happy life
Dr. Howard Tucker of Cleveland, Ohio, says meaningful work is the secret to longevity. Tucker was born in 1922 and received his medical degree from The Ohio State University in 1947. He practiced neurology for 75 years, earning the Guinness Book of World Records title for World’s Oldest Practicing Physician.
While Tucker admits “good genes and a bit of luck” have helped extend his life, he belays a few key elements have boosted his health and happiness. One major piece of advice is to learn something new every day. Tucker went to law school at night while maintaining his medical practice in his 60s and passed the Ohio Bar Exam at age 67.
Another factor is maintaining a healthy diet, not smoking, and consuming alcohol in moderation. The centenarian loves to swim, jog, hike, and maintain an active lifestyle, although he is not as active as he once was.
However, his most significant and controversial advice is to work as long as possible, as he considers retirement the enemy of longevity. Having a job he loves made waking up daily and having fun staying alive easier. While some jobs may be too demanding to work into old age, Tucker advises anyone to find a hobby to stimulate the brain daily.
For more information see Bethan Moorcraft “This 100-year-old Ohio man is the world’s oldest practicing doctor— and says retirement is ‘the enemy’ of longevity. Here are his 3 top tips to live a long and happy life” Yahoo! Finance, April 29, 2023.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.
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