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100-year-old teacher continues to help students

November 3, 2014

If it's true that you get wiser as you age, students of Madeline Scotto are lucky to learn from one of the wisest teachers. According to DNAinfo New York, Scotto just recently celebrated her 100th birthday and continues to teach at St. Ephrem's elementary school in Brooklyn. As a math coach, she works three days a week to prepare her students for the math bee. She remains sharp, humorous and hard working, and said that those qualities are what keep her young. Here are some other lessons to learn from this inspiring woman.

Help others
Whether you're volunteering, working or lending a hand to a friend in need, you're practicing behavior that can positively influence others. Scotto told CBS New York that not only are you making an impact on their lives, but there are personal benefits to be had as well.

"When you're helping others, you're helping yourself," she said.

To get started on a healthier, more rewarding lifestyle, try volunteering at a charity that's important to you. If you're at an assisted living community, check to see if they offer any activities at local shelters that you can be a part of.

Surround yourself with loved ones
Your friends and family can make a major impact on how young you feel. Scotto explained to CBS New York that she has been fortunate to have a great support system. 

"I had a wonderful husband, I have a wonderful family and I have a wonderful school family life and you can't ask for anything more than that," she explained.

Reserve Sundays for family time, and try to meet with friends and neighbors as much as possible throughout the week to stay connected and social. Plus, it's never too late to make new friends! Attend a fun exercise class or join a local book club that can put you in touch with others who share your interests.

Don't keep track
Age is just a number, and you shouldn't put so much emphasis on it. In fact, Scotto told DNAinfo that she actually lost track of her age. As long as you feel great and you're keeping a healthy lifestyle, your age shouldn't prevent you from doing anything you want to do.

Don't worry too much
While it's easier said than done, try to keep stress at bay, as it can be damaging to your mind and body. By ridding yourself of worries, you can be healthier and happier as well as better enjoy life.

"I pray hard, I really work hard and I'm happy," Scotto told DNAinfo. "That's not my fault. All the people around me make me happy."