Dick Van Dyke reveals the secret to ‘living well’ as he dances into his milestone 98th birthday

Dec 11, 2023
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As the legendary Dick Van Dyke gears up to celebrate his 98th birthday on December 13, the Hollywood icon has decided to share the key to his extraordinary longevity and zest for life.

Known for his boundless energy and infectious charm, Van Dyke is more than just a beloved actor; he’s a living testament to the art of ageing gracefully.

In a delightful video posted on his Instagram page, the Mary Poppins star showcased his boundless energy by effortlessly executing a series of dance moves, all while gracefully wielding his wooden cane.

“Just keep moving,” he captioned the post.

He continued with “Dick’s secrets to living well” which he put down to “Positivity, don’t go down the stairs sideways” before reiterating to “just keep moving!”.

Adoring fans erupted with praise, marvelling at the legendary entertainer’s enduring vitality. Messages of appreciation quickly flooded in, with many expressing their amazement at Van Dyke’s ability to exude the same charm and enthusiasm that made him a beloved figure throughout his illustrious career.

“He looks fantastic! I like his philosophy. He is certainly doing something right. I have so much love, admiration and respect for him and all he’s done for the world. He is a bright light in a world that can be so dark. So grateful for the joy he brings to the world,” one fan said.

“Happy Birthday Mr. Van Dyke. You were one of the first celebrities I met when I moved to LA and started going to film school. You were super nice and offered me amazing words of encouragement! God bless you sir and have a great birthday!”

“I have always admired @official_dick_van_dyke – loved him in Mary Poppins and his tv show. His BDay is a day before mine. I pray for good health and longevity to you sir. Here is to another year around the Sun!”

“He is still absolutely fantastic!” commented another.

“He’s living the right way. Keep on moving. Always has a smile on his face.”

Van Dyke took the internet by storm once before when he inspired his fans with a video showcasing his new ukulele skills, in a true testament to the principle that it’s never too late to try something new,

The video shared on his Instagram, captured the actor’s determination as he strums away on the ukulele during a recent lesson, proving that age is truly just a number when it comes to pursuing passions and embracing new experiences.

“My first ukulele lesson with @getstartedplayingukulele. It’s never too late to start something new,” he wrote alongside the video.

Van Dyke continues to defy the conventional boundaries of age, showcasing an unwavering spirit and ensuring he remains the picture of health and longevity well into old age.

In addition to staying mobile and trying new things, Van Dyke recently attributed his longevity to his adoring wife. He tied the knot with make-up artist Arlene Silver in 2012.

Speaking with Yahoo, the Mary Poppins star was asked for the secret to his “energy and joy”.

“Genes, I guess, for one thing. Having a beautiful young wife half my age to take care of me — that works!” Van Dyke said at the time.

He also revealed the other element to keep energetic and fit with age.

“I still go to the gym three days a week and work out. And I advise everybody to do that because that’s what ages people — it’s just a stiffening up and not exercising their muscles and their lungs,” he said.

“Exercise is the answer.”

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