See how vanity changed this 97-year-old's attitude to strength and fitness. He is striving to change perceptions of ageing and the elderly. Charles Eugster feels society has put an expiry date on the elderly, and sees being old as an inexorable path to inactivity and physical decline. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Indeed, as we live longer, our pension deficits get bigger and our health services struggle to cope, we must change.