This centenarian loner certainly doesn’t need a man.
Olive Westerman, 100, shares the secret to her long and happy life — and it’s likely to offend lecherous guys who covet ladies.
The senior celebrated her milestone birthday last Monday, offering surprising feminist advice for other women seeking longevity.
“Don’t talk to strange men and you’ll be fine,” said the bachelor cheekily as she celebrated with girlfriends at a high tea in Chester, England.
Westerman – who was born before women had the right to vote in the UK – also shared other life advice.
“Just be happy and content to be alive and make the most of what you have,” the grateful great-grandmother told the South West News Service.
While Westerman now avoids all advances from men, there was one man who managed to win her heart.
She enjoyed a long marriage to her late husband, Sam, who passed away several years ago.
“My husband and I used to meet at the local church that we attended every Sunday,” the widow recalls. “One day after mass we got talking and it clicked immediately.”
“What I liked most about him was his kind and gentle nature and the fact that he always tried to help others,” she added.
Sam was a writer and travel executive, and the adventurous couple even lived abroad for several years – long before the practice was relatively common.
“I lived abroad for some time and my favorite place to live was Singapore – I loved it there,” Westerman gushed. “It was such an interesting and exciting place to be, and so different from England.”
Westerman’s girlfriends even honored her late husband at her birthday party by presenting her with Lindt chocolates and Estée Lauder perfume – something Sam gifted her every year.
Unlike many women of her generation, Westerman was a working mother who cared for children in a local nursery.
She also believes that being around children is an important part of maintaining her happiness and enthusiasm.
“Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time working with kids, and this will definitely help keep you young at heart!” said the elderly.
While Westerman hopes to celebrate many more birthdays, she’s making sure to enjoy every minute of life in the meantime.
“I actually can’t believe I’m 100 now, but it feels great,” she said.