100-Year-Old German Woman Starts Political Career
"I want to go into politics so that I can finally do something for young people. All the good things for them are disappearing," German senior citizen Lisel Heise said
“I want to go into politics so that I can finally do something for young people. All the good things for them are disappearing: the swimming pools are closing and they have nowhere nice to go and spend time together outside school,” Heise said.
Heise has been focusing her campaign on reopening the town’s outdoor swimming pool, which was closed in 2011. But she found, as an older woman, her opinions were was often ignored. Now she hopes to turn age to her advantage.
“I personally think you can take on responsibilities no matter how old you are…The important thing is that you’re dedicated, you say what you want and it comes across. Whether you’re 18, 80 or 100 doesn’t matter a bit,” Shopkeeper Syliva Kasper-Stuber said.
“Older people are often pushed aside. It makes a real difference that she has the courage to say ‘we’re still here too,'” local resident Edeltraut Becker said.
A grandmother and great-grandmother many times over, Heise’s main hope in running for office is that she could finally do something for young people. And what of her wider political views?
“Brexit should never have been given a platform. And I find it splendid that young people are trying to tackle climate issues. One can only wish them every success in that undertaking,” Heise said.
Heise says her secret to living long include looking after your health, doing sports, eating well and training your mind – certainly an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps.