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103-year-old doctor has no plans to retire

October 8, 2014

Picture this: You go in for an appointment for help managing your arthritis, and your doctor is a 103-year-old published author with a great sense of humor. That's the case for all of Dr. Ephraim Engleman's patients, reported Senior Planet. His mental sharpness is better than some who are half his age, and he attributes it to 10 quirky senior health tips that include staying intellectually active, choosing the right people to surround yourself with and easing up on self criticism.

The life of a 103-year-oldEngleman splits his professional time between treating patients three days a week in his San Francisco office and serving as the director of the Rosalind Russell-Ephraim Engleman Rheumatology Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, noted the source. He has devoted his life to arthritis treatment by studying the condition, helping those who have it and donating to organizations that conduct research to learn more about arthritis. One year ago, he published "My Century," a memoir of his life, and all of the proceeds went to arthritis research. 

Publishing a book and treating patients well into his 100s isn't the only way Engleman stays active, explained the source. In his spare time, he plays violin with his men's club four or five days each week. He also spends time with his wife of 73 years and tries to find humor in everything. He once imitated Mick Jagger in front of a crowd who gave him a standing ovation for his exceptional performance.

What you can learn from Engleman​You don't have to be a published author and notable physician during your retirement to enjoy yourself and stay active as you age. Engleman told the source that any form of mental activity, from poker to reading, can help you live a happy, healthy life. According to experts, this way of thinking is accurate. Prevention magazine explained that people who "flourish" - meaning those who have a positive attitude and feel a sense of purpose in their daily lives and activities - live longer, healthier lives than those who lack that feeling.

"We should strive to flourish, to find meaning in our lives," Corey Keyes, Ph.D, a professor of sociology at Emory University, told Prevention. "In Sardinia and Okinawa, where people live the longest, hard work is important, but not more so than spending time with family, nurturing spirituality and doing for others."

Whether it's volunteering, spending time with friends or playing the violin, find something that gives you purpose to maintain a healthy, happy life.