Arthur Berger

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Aventura
FL

Arthur Berger, a 92 year old WWII veteran and retired lawyer, has accomplished so much in the later parts of his life that it is almost as if he is aging backwards. He has authored several books, written and performed a play, and has become a respected leader within the community. When asked how he is able to maintain such a dynamic lifestyle, he describes his ability to train his mind to believe he is young again. “If you can create the mindset that you are youthful, you will feel mentally younger. Then you will find that your body has followed your mind.” Arthur’s dream is to become a motivational speaker to help the older population defy the aging process like he has. “I want to do more than just inspire. I want to give practical help to people who feel powerless against changes in their health. I am living proof that my method works, and I would love to share this message with the world.”

As the oldest person to serve as a city commissioner in Aventura, Florida, Arthur has remained heavily involved in community affairs throughout his life. One of his proudest moments was when he won a Distinguished Service Award for the creating the “Project Matchup” program, which paired students with older adults in the community. This became extremely popular and connected the young and old in ways they did not imagine. Both learned from each other and helped to narrow the gap between two distant generations. Arthur explained how important intergenerational programs are for our society. “These days it is less common for children to grow up in the same household as their grandparents. With Project Matchup, young people realized that seniors are still intelligent and active people just like them.” Project Matchup was also extremely cost-effective, and its success inspired other communities to adopt similar initiatives. 

With more than ten nonfiction books published after the age of 70 and the publication of his first novel in 2012, Arthur has set a record as the oldest living author in the United States to accomplish this. He is extremely proud of this, and claims his inspiration is simply his passion for writing. “I get a great deal of satisfaction from expressing myself through writing, and I believe that everyone can feel this way. There are those who don’t believe they are creative, but I don’t believe that’s true. Everyone can be creative in some way, whether it is dancing, singing, painting, or gardening. If you engage in any of these activities, your life will be one hundred percent better.” 

Arthur’s positive attitude is truly supported by his accomplishments and overall healthy way of life. He complements his time writing books by taking occasional breaks for walking and exercising at the gym. He also volunteers as an Ombudsman for Florida’s Department of Elderly Affairs and lectures for lifelong learning societies at nearby universities. Arthur represents the ideal example of creative aging, which has produced a significantly positive impact on his mental and physical health. He is confident that with a little coaching, he can guide others toward a similar lifestyle. “Growing old can often stop people from continuing to do beautiful things with their minds. But when you begin to reverse aging, the options are endless.”

 

Written By: Robyn Casper