Every Tuesday morning, Rabbi Martin Hinchin visits local hospitals to check on injured or ailing members of Temple Israel.
Most clergy make hospital visits every week, but Hinchin isn’t like most clergy.
“I’m not as young as I used to be,” Hinchin told Stacy Vogel Tuesday morning as she sat in her bed at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
“How old are you?” asked Vogel, recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured disc.
“I’m 94. I’ll be 95 next month,” said Hinchin, who visited four rooms on three floors at a pace that would test anyone over 65.
“No. Seriously?” Vogel responded. “You look great.”
Hinchin, who “retired” 25 years ago, smiled. “You should have seen me yesterday when I was younger,” he said.
The way Hinchin is going, he might be younger tomorrow.
In fact, the rabbi — who was born during World War I and ordained just after World War II — is a member of America’s fastest-growing age group, according to the National Institute on Aging.
The number of people over 90 has nearly tripled during the past three decades, reaching 1.9 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Over the next four decades, the number of people over 90 is expected to nearly quadruple. By 2050, 10 percent of people over 65 will be over 90.
What’s their secret?