102-year-old man volunteers to improve the lives of fellow seniors
Carole Meekins reports that Ronald Schwartz is over 100 but working to help his community. Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Ronald Schwartz may be 102 Years old, but he's young at heart and has found a way to spread kindness and warmth.
Schwartz is a popular volunteer at St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee. He improves the quality of life of residents by being there for them. He meets, greets, and listens. Schwartz says volunteering is good for the soul.
"Find yourself some friends," he advises other seniors. "Be nice to your neighbors. Just be nice."
Schwartz is also on artist. On display at St. Anne's, incredible miniature homes Ron built himself. He loves sharing hobby work with others. Enclosed in a glass case, replicas of places Schwartz has lived during his long life. Including a detailed model of the farm where he grew up.
He says there's no secret to longevity, but he does eat sensibly.
"I start the day with a dish of oatmeal a glass or orange juice and a cup of coffee," he said.
Schwartz also rides his bike every day, and even enjoys a small glass of wine. He admits a positive attitude is crucial as you age.
"Don't get that down expression that you don't care for anybody else," he added.
As for a secret to longevity?
"There really is not a secret," he advised. "You just keep on and when the Lord wants to. He'll take you. And that's pretty close down the line!"