Not everyone can age as gracefully as Frank Shearer: He's strapping on water skis at 100 years old. Shearer, a retired physician in Washington state, might be the world's oldest water-skier."I just ski for fun," he said. "And it's fun out there in the water on a nice day."He also rides horses and can be seen atop a steed on the cover of this month's National Geographic magazine, which features him in an article about longevity. So what is his secret to keeping such a long and healthy life?
"I think it has to do with the fact that I have been so active," Shearer said. "I've been active all my life, from one sport to the other sport -- snow-skiing in the wintertime, water-skiing in the summertime, hunting, fishing. And, especially in recent years, I've been doing some weightlifting regularly."
Water-skiing was a different sport when Shearer first started in the early 1930s.
"These were homemade ply boards," he said. "A friend turned the ends up, and we put some straps on them, and he brought them out to the lake, where we were playing around."