Freda Greenwold retires... And? She is 98 years old

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

At the age of 98, Freda Greenwold can be forgiven for taking things a little easier.

After 20 years, the great grandmother has retired as a volunteer at Nightingale, the care home for older Jewish people.

Mrs Greenwold, who started out helping to serve lunch before working in the shop, tells People: "You only volunteer if you want to and I have always wanted to but it is a bit much for me now. I will still come to Nightingale to see everybody though. I haven't cut myself off completely."

Mrs Greenwold, who lives in Streatham, south London, attends the Nightingale South London Day Centre once a week. She has lived independently since her husband, Maurice, died 28 years ago.

So, what's the secret to reaching 98? "I don't know. Clean living maybe." She enjoys playing kalooki, reading and watching television, particularly quiz shows. "I like anything that makes you think." She has two sons, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Last updated: 3:37pm, October 28 2010