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Maine nonagenarian makes cross-country journey

July 5, 2012

A 91-year-old Maine resident recently took active retirement to a whole new level. Bob Perdrizet recently completed the difficult 11,000-mile round trip drive from his native state to Alaska for no other reason than the fact that it was something he always wanted to do, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Perdrizet, an avid gardener, got the idea to make the trip when he became fed up with the constant rain that made it difficult to practice his hobby. During his journey, he got to experience some things few other people get to see. The drive through Canada brought him through mountains, glaciers and up close and personal with grizzly bears and moose. It may have been a long trip, but Perdrizet says it was worth it.

"I'm dumbfounded when I see old people retire and sit back," he told the newspaper. "There's no reason why they can't have an active life. If not physically, then mentally. I hate the word 'retire.' You retire to a new venture. A new hobby. A new anything."

Perdrizet is certainly not alone in his thinking. Many older adults have made staying active a crucial part of healthy aging, and for good reason. According to a recent four-year study, seniors who were physically active were 25 percent less likely to die over the course of the research.