Oscar’s amazing story (and many others) were found as I read a fascinating book Centenarians: The Bonus Years
by Lynn Peters Adler, J.D.
Like most all of the other Centenarians, I researched, Oscar has his shares of difficulties. He could have easily given up when he was in a near-fatal car accident in his eighties while driving through the Colorado mountains. FYI he was actually on the last leg of a 10,000 mile solo journey. He recalls that he must have blacked out and gone over the edge into a ravine. When found several hours later, he was given up for dead. “I fooled ’em” says Oscar.
After intensive surgeries and rehab (learning to walk again), he bought another car (maybe similar to this one) assuring his son that it had just been the altitude that got him and that he would be more careful.
This man was a fighter and he had a vision. There were more setbacks. At 90 he had a heart attack and was not expected to live. He decided to completely change his diet to a more healthy way of eating. He also exercised regularly. At 97 he had a stroke and became partially paralyzed on one side. This didn’t stop him either. He could not longer write his monthly-hand written correspondence each month to his family and friends. After physical therapy, he made a few adjustments and taught himself how to type so he could keep up with his correspondence. He also began typing his autobiography as he anticipated his 100th birthday. (I wonder if he finished it?)
At 98, Oscar began planning his 100th birthday celebration. After booking the local Hilton, he invited over 200 people. Another setback at 99: pneumonia. He became worried he might not reach his goal. He decided to move into a small group home and bought himself an oxygen tank to keep handy. He even resorted to buying hearing aids and new glasses.
“I did everything I could to take care of myself and tried to get information on the latest developments in vitamins, and all those newfangled devices to help with functioning, short of a wheelchair — I draw the line there.” ~ Oscar Wilmeth
Yes, he achieved his goal. ” On his 100th birthday, Oscar was triumphant. He greeted each of his 200 guests and spoke to them on and off for four hours, giving the highlights of his life. When he cut his birthday cake, he jokingly introduced a woman sixty years his junior, a personal friend whom he called upon to share in this ceremony, as his girlfriend. “That shook things up a bit,” he said, chuckling.” ~ Lynn Adler
Oscar’s Advise to Us
“Looking back over the years of my life, I would say that maintaining one’s health is the most important thing to do with one’s life. All too often we put it aside to earn a living or to care for others. I’ve been lucky. But not everyone can depend on luck or good genes to get them through to a “ripe, old age!” I think it’s wonderful to see younger people taking such an interest in health and exercise and diet. I’m all for it— for people of all ages. It’s never too late to take good care of yourself!” ~ Oscar Wilmeth
Oscar died of old age at a very old age.
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