PRESTONSBURG – Douglas Meador enjoys traveling, playing board games, singing and beautiful women with dark eyes and dark hair. The young 94-year-old drives over 20 miles a day five days a week from his home in Van Lear to spend time with his friends at Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center.
Meador, who says he loves meeting new people and good conversation, attributes much of his positive attitude and health to having a place like Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center to come to daily. Although he has been married twice, Meador was never blessed with children. Now, as a widow, most of his social interaction happens at Prestonsburg Senior Citizens Center. The other seniors at the center say Meador loves telling stories about his service in the military and the many countries he has visited.
“It would be easier to tell you what countries I haven’t been to,” said Meador.
He joined the military when he was 20 years old with a dream of one day becoming a pilot. Although he lacked the formal education to earn his pilot’s license, Meador served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and has visited Germany, Japan and Australia, among other countries.
Meador says it was in the military where he adopted a healthy lifestyle. Soldiers active in the military need to stay in optimal physical condition, according to Meador, who says he still exercises daily. Thanks to healthy choices and living a healthy lifestyle at the age of 94, Meador has never had a serious illness or health problem.
February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association encourages individuals to make healthy choices about diet and exercise. Studies suggest heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news? Heart disease can be prevented by making healthy choices.
Meador is a testament to what an impact healthy choices and a positive attitude can make in an individual’s life and he says surrounding yourself with pretty women doesn’t hurt either.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.