Edythe Kirchmaier , a 105 year old woman who is the oldest person on Facebook and arguable the oldest driver in America and even the world.
In a world where the average mortality age is about 67, Edythe Kirchmaier who still talks well- with a great sense of humour-, walks and even drives is nothing short of amazing.
The Santa Barbara resident who has been on the roads for 86 years renewed her license the day after her 105th birthday this year, to become California’s oldest driver. Edythe has also never had an accident or gotten a driving ticket.
Fascinated by the great grandmother of 17, American comedienne Ellen Degenerees brought her on her show.
Speaking to Ellen last tuesday, she said: ‘I’m the oldest living driver in California and maybe the United States. I do have a secret – but if I tell it it won’t be a secret.’…and laughed.
When I learned to drive, there were no rules of the road,’ she told Fox News. ‘The roads were narrow and there were no signs saying 55 mph or anything like that.’
‘I think I’m a pretty good driver. I feel safe about getting my driver’s license renewed because I’ve never had an accident.’
‘I just couldn’t imagine myself without a car. It just didn’t feel very good.’
Mrs Kirchmaier moved to California with her husband Joseph. They were married for 70 years until he died in 2008?at the age of 98. She still volunteers for Direct Relief International, a charity she has given her time to for 40 years.
Mrs Kirchmaier now drives a 1997 Dodge Caravan and her license is valid until 2017.
Coming close to revealing the reason for her healthy age she said she had always been positive.
‘I’ve always been very happy,’ she told Ellen. ‘I had a happy marriage and have a wonderful family. I stay positive. If something happens and I can’t do anything about it – I don’t worry about it.’
I certainly will try to adopt Edythe Kirchmaier approch in the last statement above