You’ll reconsider after watching Bob Theobald talk about his life as he’s looking forward to his 100th birthday in May!
Please remember that I LOVE getting referrals to Aging Gracefully TV! So, when Pat Theobald suggested an interview with his 99-1/2-year-old father, he told me, “Dad’s mentally sharp and a lot of fun to be around.”
THAT was an understatement! Bob Theobald is amazing and SO entertaining!
As I arrived at Village of the Falls in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, with my video equipment, Pat’s father greeted me at the door with a smile and warm handshake. He welcomed me into a beautiful room nearby to enjoy a fireside chat and I was pleasantly surprised at his mental acuity immediately.
Bob Theobald maintains an incredibly active happy life and is truly aging gracefully!
He says, “They take pretty good care of me here.” Apparently so, as his life includes dinners out at local restaurants, Wii Bowling competitions, and pinochle with other senior friends.
Bob explains that it’s important to make adjustments as you age. For example, his TV and computer screens continue to get larger to accommodate his worsening vision, but he doesn’t fight it. He believes that technology should be embraced – with the exception of texting, especially when driving! He made me laugh when he gave his animated version of a young person texting and driving at the same time! (19:08 on the video)
Bob still visits his family in Pennsylvania and Florida each year, even though it’s more difficult than it used to be, but the effort is worth it. He looks forward to seeing his 103-year-old sister every year, whom he remains connected to and his younger brother who is 86! The three are the last of twelve children.
Bob is fortunate because he isn’t incapacitated, and he enjoys life fully. He mentioned to me several times that he looks forward to the scheduled activities and a full social calendar where he lives.
Additionally, since Bob doesn’t drive anymore, his family comes for visits regularly, brings him to family events, and helps him feel valuable and loved.
What makes life worth living? Feeling appreciated, respected, connected socially, and having things to look forward to.
You’re going to LOVE getting to know Bob Theobald!
Please offer your comments to Bob in the section below the video! He’ll be checking for your comments!
Which part of his story do you like best?
After getting to know Bob through this interview, do you agree with Pat? Would he be texting if his vision and finger dexterity were better?
Anything you’d like to ask Bob?
Village of the Falls is at 25920 Elm St., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138