80-year old reshaping views of aging in China

In this blog devoted to living a long healthy life with a fully functional brain at the end, I just had to share this news item on “China’s hottest grandpa.”

Here is a link to the article in today’s New York Times.

I never thought I would be offering you a video with Chinese as the spoken language, but there is a sub-titled translation below it and you will have a chance to meet the sparkling Mr. Deshun for yourself.

“Determined to avoid mental and physical stagnation, Mr. Wang has explored new skills and ideas while devoting ample time to daily exercise. Last year, he walked the runway for the first time, his physique causing a national sensation. He takes obvious joy in subverting China’s image of what it means to be old,” Didi Kirsten Tatlow wrote in the Times.

I was not aware that old age in China begins relatively early. “The legal retirement age for women is 50 for workers and 55 for civil servants, and 60 for most men.”

Besides his healthy mental outlook, he carries on his avid interest in swimming managing a half mile a day. (my emphasis)

He says that he is not picky about food. He eats whatever he wants. Clearly, he is making good choices to be in such wonderful condition.

Tony

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Filed under aging, aging brain, China, New York Times, successful aging

3 responses to “80-year old reshaping views of aging in China

  1. I suspect that discipline is the secret to his physique…something people of age find lacking. Good read thanks!

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  2. He may eat what he wants, but I’ll bet what he eats is primarily REAL FOOD. I’ll also bet he walks rather than drives much of the time and doesn’t sit in front of a TV most of the day. He is the “product” of a cultural environment and an example other people should consider emulating.
    Enjoyed the video. Thank you for sharing.

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