She speaks six languages (German, Polish, English, French Italian and Russian), volunteered for the Red Cross during World War II and survived the Soviet occupation of Poland.
It’s no wonder Scottsdale resident Irene Tetzner, 83, was selected to share her advice with the world in author Mark Elliot Miller’s book "Advice for Life From the Mouths of Elders: 100 Ways to Grow Old Gracefully."
Miller surveyed residents ranging in age from 76 to 101 in more than 100 independent and assisted living communities in the United States.
Miller asked about a variety of topics, including religion, health and leading a fulfilling life. His inspiration for the book came from his wife’s grandmother, Mabel Car Porter, who lived 104 years.
Tetzner was surprised to be included, but she hopes young people will read the book and benefit from it.
Young people "are nice people and intelligent," said Tetzner, her crystal blue eyes shining as she pets her dog, Beau. "It’s nice to talk to them, but they should try to talk to older people and understand them."
Some of Tetzner’s advice: "Respect all people and help them within your means, if asked for help. If they prefer to be left alone, do not assist."
Other words of wisdom:
• "Don’t be in a hurry to get a boyfriend or girlfriend just to jump in bed. That’s not love — that’s passion. Finish school, educate yourself so you will be respected, and choose a partner in life that you will love."
— Fay Fannie Miriam Blum Pollack, 90, Bahia Oaks Lodge, Sarasota, Fla.
• "Eat good food, work hard, stay away from bad things in life and sleep well." — Harry Niedan, 95, Aspen Park, North Platte, Neb.