Realizing Your Potential at Any Age: 102 and Still Going Strong

When 102-year-old Don Napier walks into the YMCA’s Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby Wellness Center, it’s like the mayor has just arrived. From the warm welcome he receives at the front desk to the good friends he chats with on the wellness floor, everyone knows and loves Don and his lovely wife, Carolyne. Together, the two are an inspirational team who represent what it means to live life to the fullest at any age. Active, healthy and independent, the couple joined the Y two years ago to stay fit and connected to their community. “We gave up golf when I turned 100. Since then, the Y has become a big part of our lives,” said Don, who attributes his longevity to never smoking and always challenging himself physically and mentally. “The worst thing you can do as you get older is to get s tuck on the couch.” Working with Y Wellness Director Kimberly Martin and Brittany Dixson, a Florida Hospital medical fitness professional who also works onsite, Don and Carolyne follow personalized fitness routines that include stretching, weight training and swimming. And to stay mentally and socially connected, they also take part in the Y’s weekly bridge club, where Don’s bidding skills are legendary.  “Bridge is wonderful,” said Carolyne. “We’ve made many good friends and really look forward to getting together with them. It’s another reason we love the Y.” “By joining the Crosby Y at age 100, Don Napier shows us there are no limits,” said John Cardone, YMCA Vice President. “There are only plateaus and we must always push beyond them. He’s a true inspiration, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he lives another 100 years.”