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I’ve reached 100 by not talking to strange men and working with children to keep me young

  • Centenarian Olive Westerman, from West Yorkshire, has just marked her 100th birthday – celebrating at her care home with an afternoon tea
  • The 100-year-old spent her life travelling with her late husband Sam, and says that ‘avoiding talking to strange men’ has helped with her longevity 
  • Working with children is another tip, says Olive, because they keep you young 

A woman who’s reached her milestone 100th birthday says the secret of longevity has been avoiding strange men – and working with children to keep her young at heart.  

Olive Westerman, from South Kirby, West Yorkshire, spent much of her life travelling the world by the side of her late husband Sam, who worked as a writer and travel clerk, and lived in Singapore for three years.

The couple didn’t have children and dedicated their days to seeing the globe. 

Centenarian Olive Westerman, from West Yorkshire, has just marked her 100th birthday - celebrating at her care home with an afternoon tea

Centenarian Olive Westerman, from West Yorkshire, has just marked her 100th birthday – celebrating at her care home with an afternoon tea

When asked about how she’s lived such a long life, she also said that her job as a nursery nurse had kept her young at heart.

The centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday with an afternoon tea with her fellow care home residents.

And in a touching moment, staff carried on the tradition her late husband Sam started by gifting her a bottle of Estee Lauder perfume for the big day.

The 100-year-old spent her life travelling with her late husband Sam, and says that'avoiding talking to strange men' has helped with her longevity

The 100-year-old spent her life travelling with her late husband Sam, and says that ‘avoiding talking to strange men’ has helped with her longevity

Olive from South Kirby, West Yorkshire offered her words of wisdom for longevity, and apparently not speaking to men you don’t know is the way forward: ‘Avoid talking to strange men and you’ll be just fine.

‘I think that the best advice I could give is simply to be happy and content to be alive, and to make the most of what you have.

‘Over the years I have spent a lot of time working with children, and this will certainly help to keep you young at heart!

‘I actually can’t believe I’m now 100, but it feels amazing. I was absolutely thrilled to receive a card from King Charles and Camilla.’

Working with children is another tip, says Olive, because they keep you young

Working with children is another tip, says Olive, because they keep you young

Olive turned 100 on 16 January 2022 at Deewater Grange residential home in Chester and enjoyed a high tea at Inglewood Manor.

The centenarian is well known at the home for her sense of humour and love of travelling.

She said: ‘I have spent some time living overseas and my favourite place to live was Singapore – I loved it there.

‘It was such an interesting and exciting place to be, and so different from England.’

Olive added: ‘Me and my husband met at the local church we used to attend every Sunday. We got chatting one day after mass and we hit it off immediately.

‘What I loved about him most was his kind and gentle nature, and the fact he was always trying to help others.’

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