If you had a crystal ball and could look into your future, what would you be doing if you could see yourself alive and well at the ripe old age of 103? If you said “working” you’d be in the minority, but that’s exactly what Loren Wade is doing even as he celebrates his 103rd birthday as Walmart’s most famous centenarian.
Walmart’s oldest employee works at the Winfield, Kansas Walmart where he’s been a faithful worker for the past 32 years. It doesn’t take a math whiz to calculate that Mr. Wade started working at Walmart in his 70’s (yes I realize that’s enough to make many of us feel inadequate) proving that it’s never too late!
Walmart’s Oldest Employee
In a recent interview with The Today Show, Wade told Sheinelle Jones; “I like to meet the people and being here I get to talk to a lot of people, I like being occupied. I usually keep very busy, one thing or another. They see to it that I do.” These are literally words-to-live-by, at least as far as Loren Wade is concerned.
Proverbs 17:22 reads; A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Mr. Wade seems to embody the spirit of that excerpt to it’s fullest. Perhaps the key to longevity is found in the way Mr. Wade lives his life. To be healthy, one must live healthy, exercise daily, and it seems more and more critical that it’s necessary to stay active in “your community” (whether that’s with your friends or your co-workers).
I keep thinking that when you’re 103 why don’t you quit? And then I think – well, as long as you’re able to work why don’t you just go ahead and work? – Loren Wade, Walmart’s oldest employee
Recent Alzheimer’s research has found a correlation between an active lifestyle (including aerobic exercise) and a decrease in mild cognitive impairment. As we learn more and more about dementia and other cognitive diseases, we should remember what it takes to maintain a sharp edge… even at 103! Happy Birthday Mr. Wade. May you have many, many more.