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The Birthday Wish of a 105-Year-Old Activist

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The Birthday Wish of a 105-Year-Old Activist

“I want to tell you about an extraordinary woman, most people have never heard of…”

So begins a video chronicling the story of Edythe Kirchmaier—a truly unique woman.

At age 105, she is Facebook’s oldest registered user, California’s oldest licensed driver and the University of Chicago’s oldest living former student.

Luck, laughter and aging well

Most people are not as fortunate as Kirchmaier, who has witnessed the birth of 17 great-grandchildren, and is still able to live independently.

Luck has undoubtedly played a role in helping her maintain her health and independence.

Just a few weeks ago, serendipity intervened in a powerful way when an observant neighbor saved Kirchmaier from being crushed beneath a falling tree branch while fetching her Saturday morning paper, local news outlet, 3 KEY News, reports.

In a January 24th interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Degeneres implored Kirchmaier to divulge the secrets of her successful aging.

“I do have a secret,” she says with a smile. “But if I tell it, then it won’t be a secret.”

Kirchmaier eventually gave in, citing a positive attitude, a sense of humor, supportive family and friends, and a tendency to just let things go, as key to maintaining her health as she got older.

Read on to learn how Kirchmaier’s birthday wish could benefits millions–and how you can help make it come true…
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By Anne-Marie Botek, Editor

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6:03AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

I can imagine vampires and Time Lords going, "105? That is so young she is practically a newborn!"

5:35PM PST on Mar 1, 2013


8:26AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

What an incredible lady!!! I am off to 'Like' her charity on Facebook. Thanks for sharing this great story!

6:29PM PST on Feb 10, 2013


3:32AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

it's the positive attitude that helps people live long and full lives. when i used to be a carer in the community, one of my regular clients i helped out was 103 years old. she still lived by herself and only needed help with washing her back, opening the milk and doing the weekly shopping as she couldn't carry a lot. she always had a smile on her face and was always looking forward to tomorrow and what surprises it would bring. interestingly, diet also plays a significant part as well, as another client, although only 98, said she never drank or smoked and it was only due to being deaf in one ear and from having some fingers cut off from an accident in the factory she once worked at; that she actually needed any help! and i believe it's china which has the most people who live beyond 100!

11:37PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

I love her. Awesome woman!

3:51AM PST on Feb 4, 2013


8:57PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

LIKE X 1,0000000000000000000000000000000000000000!

12:29PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

What a rare gem

12:06PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Happy Birthday! Kolejnych 100 lat w otoczeniu przyjaciół.

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