Volunteer Going Strong at 97

Volunteerism has been recommended as a great way for older adults to stay engaged.  Betty Groves says that "volunteering is the rent we pay" for a long life.   If that is true, you would be correct in assuming this 97-year-old does a lot of volunteering: every Saturday afternoon she can be found volunteering at the public library, and she also tutors three times a week.  This engagement might be what keeps her sharp; she still drives, does her own housework, cooks and bakes.  After a long life of traveling with her work for military contractors to places like the Artic Circle and the Mojave desert, Groves and her husband vactioned in Europe, Australia, Panama, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and Afghanistan.  Grove says that staying engaged "keeps you physically and mentally active." 
North County Times, May 31, 2011

Written By: Lola Sherman

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