Don’��t worry, be happy�� the key to a long life

Don’��t worry, be happy�� the key to a long life

NOT worrying so much may be the key to longevity.

Medical professionals have been talking for years about the benefits of reducing stress and 99-year-old Georgie Dwyer swears it is the key to her long life.

“My father had a saying, ‘If you have a problem face up to it – if you can do something about it, do it, but if you cannot, put it out of your mind’, so I don’t worry about anything,” Mrs Dwyer said.

The Rossmoyne resident says being active is another way she keeps her mind sharp and her body healthy.

“I like anything that keeps my brain going, such as cards, scrabble and painting and I believe in being positive,” she said.

The retired nurse will turn 100 on June 12 and says the younger generation are often amazed to hear what life was like in her childhood.

“It was a vastly different world when I was young – we had no TV, no electricity and no cars,” Mrs Dwyer said.

“We used kerosene lanterns and then we had incandescent lights and we didn’t have flushing toilets – you had a dunny down the shed and you had to run out rain, hail or shine and a potty under the bed,” she chuckled.

Mrs Dwyer says she finds it funny that things like growing your own food has come back into vogue as it was a necessity in her day.

“Food was very different – there were no IGAs or anything like that in those days, the grocer came to your door with a horse and cart, as did the butcher and the milkman,” she said.

“We used to raise our own chickens and we were self-sufficient and we grew our own fruit and vegetables and most people would make their own bread, it was much nicer and much healthier.”