March 8, 2019

You Should Know This Lady

Marie Spitzberg

Marie Spitzberg

If you live in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood near UAMS, maybe you have attended one of her “know your neighbors” front porch watermelon festivals.

If you exercise in the Ottenheimer Fitness Center at Reynolds Institute, you recognize her as that “incredible 90-year-old woman who works out just about every day.”

And if you are Paul or Irving Spitzberg, you know her simply as “Mom.”

The “Sptizberg boys” recognized that their mother, Marie instilled an unwavering set of values with her guidance and personal example. She advocated for many groups including school integration, feeding the hungry and promoting the rights of older Americans. Marie Spitzberg is truly a woman who stands up for what she believes.

Marie sets a high standard for aging well and living better. She limits her driving and enjoys the convenience she finds at Reynolds Institute on Aging. Not only is she concerned about maintaining her physical independence and uses the fitness center regularly, she also sees a geriatrician in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Center and attends educational offerings. She could be the spokesperson for healthy aging!

“I hope and continue to believe that we can all live peaceful and full lives in our world,” Marie said, “but in order to do so, we must tackle issues like aging with complete information and civic action.”

It is no wonder that many of us are envious of her incredible energy, passion and empathy. Marie Spitzberg is the real thing.