'Men are not worth the hassle': 105-year-old wartime nurse says avoiding men is the secret to her long life

Retired wartime nurse Brenda Osborne has lived through two world wars, three monarchs, and 24 prime ministers


                            'Men are not worth the hassle': 105-year-old wartime nurse says avoiding men is the secret to her long life

A 105-year-old woman says that the secret to long life is simple: stay single. The retired wartime nurse Brenda Osborne was born in Mansfield, Nottingham in the year 1913 and decided to share some tips with the carers at her retirement home on her 105th birthday.

Brenda said that she had managed to reach her ripe old age by avoiding men, working hard, and also getting enough fresh air. She had taken only one sick day off in the 33 years that she worked as a nurse.

Brenda lived in her childhood home for around 93 years before she moved into the nursing home last year shortly after her 104th birthday. She shared the two-bedroom home with her two sisters Vera and Beryl and her nephew Ian before they all passed. 



 

Brenda told Mirror, "I would put my good health down to hard work and avoiding men. I loved celebrating my birthday although I was disappointed the Queen didn't come. I received my letter from her but I thought an appearance was the least she could do".

Brenda studied at the Carter Lane School and Queen Elizabeth's Grammar school. She started working at the Victoria Hospital in the year 1940 nursing Dunkirk veterans. She eventually became the assistant nurse in the year 1946 and then eventually senior nurse in the year 1953. 

Currently, she is living at the Brookholme Croft Nursing Home in Hasland and celebrated her milestone birthday with a big party. Her great-niece Marie Pollard said, "It was a lovely day for Brenda to celebrate with all her nearest and dearest. The care home did a wonderful job planning it and making the day extra special. My auntie living for over a century is no surprise to me as she’s always been fiercely independent. She only moved into the care home last year and jokes her secret to long life is avoiding men — 'as they aren’t worth the hassle'". 

Brenda has lived through two world wars, three monarchs, and 24 prime ministers.