Husband Still Volunteers at Age 97
by Betty Audet
(Palmerston, ON, Canada)
Both my husband and myself have spent a great deal of time as volunteers since we retired. We have done a great deal of executive work for senior organizations and from there helped to organize some health services such as Meals on Wheels, volunteer driving. We trained and have done work for Hospice. We have done a great variety of things for churches.
At 92, my husband was given a national gold medal by the Victorian Order of Nurses for the years of work he had done for them.
He is now 97 and has developed a severe hearing problem, which limits the work he can do. He still takes patients from the nursing home by wheel chair to the hospital for tests. He cleans the snow from cars for all the elderly ladies in our apartment building and they call him "the snowman". He puts me through my physical therapy exercises every morning and helps with a variety of activities. He keeps himself in shape by walking to stores etc.
The word so often used to describe him is amazing and it really is for he spent the entire Pacific war in a Japanese prison camp.
Wendy: Betty, your husband certainly is AMAZING!
Quite extraordinary, actually!
Thanks for sharing his story -- I hope readers who find this page will comment on this story so he can read them!
Wendy's other site... because Aging Matters!