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Retirement a dirty word for 98yo
Retirement a dirty word for 98yo

Retirement is a dirty word to Dick Scaddan, who came one step closer to his goal of working past the age of 100 with his 98th birthday on Saturday.

Mr Scaddan is perhaps the oldest West Australian in paid work, doing five mornings a week at Busselton's Callow Corner News.

The former hardware store worker did retire once in his 80-year career but couldn't stand it. "If you sit and do nothing you just rust," he said.

As well as work, Mr Scaddan plays competitive badminton two or three times a week and enjoys a quiet drink and chat at the sports club.

While many contemporaries are seeing out their days in nursing homes, he still lives independently. His one concession to advancing years was when he recently accepted help to mop and vacuum the floors.

"I do all my own cooking," he said

Mr Scaddan's secret to longevity is simple. "You have to keep your brain active and yourself active," he said.

Much of his good health could be down to genetics as he has a cousin who is 103.

The West Australian

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