South Dakota nurse Alice Graber worked as a nurse for 72 years before she finally decided it might be time to retire at the age of 93.
She got her first job as a nurse in 1944, and kept doing it because she liked that she was helping people and "it was one way of doing something good."
Is doing something good the secret to staying alive and vital? She has spent the last 20 years of her career working in the Salem Mennonite home for the Aged. Some of her patients must have been shocked to be looked after by someone older than themselves.
Not only did Graber take care of countless strangers, she also raised two children who gave her five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Graber's daughter Sharon Waltner told ABC:
My mother is 93 and in her generation, nursing was a sense of identity, in addition to making a difference in peoples lives especially in the local community. She was with parents when there was a birth and a death. These were some of the meaningful experiences that carry through the years.
That sense of identity is probably what kept her going through seven decades of service. This is probably why we won't see any graphic designers working into their 90s. Memes just don't have that same quality of do-goodness.
And even though she is retiring, she will continue to do volunteer work by feeding residents at the home. Great job, Alice, you're really an inspiration. The other nurses at the retirement home must be relieved she finally agreed to slow down. Not just because at this point you deserve a break, but anyone who has worked with an overachiever can agree you're making the rest of us look bad.