Life needs to be Passionate for you to endure. Find your Passion so you can unleash the nascent Power you have, as these Elders have done. Follow their lead and you will find that later life can be filled with worthy challenges and endeavors. Make your life count and leave a unique Legacy.
Young wizard Harry Potter, in “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows”, is seeking to gain the tools for immortality and uses solutions that have a magical aire, but here are several more Amazing Elders who are really creating and living these dreams!
All are succeeding by breaking down the concept and barriers of Agism. Through their brave exploits, new avenues of societal thinking and self-concept can open to us. Aim to grasp a longer more useful life, too. You control your Legacy to the Future.
Who Is The Oldest Golfer To Get A Hole-in-One?
In April 2007, Elsie Mc Lean became the oldest person to hit a hole in one at a regulation golf course. In Chico, California, using her driver, she made her Ace shot at age 102.
Harold Stilson, at age 101, formerly held the record at a country club in Florida.
Who Is The Oldest Person To Fly A Loop-the-Loop?
Adeline Ablitt of Coventry, England accomplished this record in 1998, as a passenger in a glider at age 95. She now says she will ride in a hot air balloon. She had been one of the first women to ride a motorcycle in Coventry decades ago. Adeline says she does not believe in “old age”. At 102, Adeline jumped at the chance to take an Outward Bound survival skills course and completed the 3 day canoing trial with flying colors. As of January 2006, Adeline was still going strong at 103.
Who Are The Oldest Female and Male Astronauts?
They are female astronaut Shannon Lucid, at age 53, on the Space Shuttle mission STS 76 Atlantis in March 1996. She is the first and only woman to make 5 spaceflights.
John Herschel Glenn is the oldest male astronaut at age 77 years, in a 1998 reprise of his 1962 pioneering space flight. Of the original “Mercury 7” astronauts, only Glenn, Carpenter and Cooper survive.
Senator Glenn also used his achievement as a reminder for older people everywhere. “Old folks have ambitions and dreams, too, like everybody else. And why don’t they work for them? Why don’t they go for them? Don’t sit on the couch someplace,” he said.
Who Is The Fastest, Oldest Female Marathoner?
Mavis Lindgren, RN at 100 is the most accomplished elder marathoner I’ve found. She has run 75 marathons in competition, in a career which did not begin until she was 70 years old and spanned until she was 90.
She began a walking regimen at age 62 as she was beginning to have lung problems from just sitting around in retirement doing the “usual”, sedentary “senior” pastimes. She had 4 bouts of pneumonia in one year, and as a nurse, she knew this did not portend well, for what had been a less-than-normally healthy life previously, beginning with pneumonia and whooping cough as a child in rural Canada.
She was encouraged “to take responsibility for her own health” during a lecture by Dr. Charles Thomas of Loma Linda University in California.
Her doctor sauggested she try an Early Bird Walking Program organized near her home. Mavis stated, “After I started running, I never had another cold” and “I was never sick another day.”
Mavis is 5 foot 2 inches tall and 102 pounds now, but when she started her walking, it needed to be slow to help strengthen her weakened heart and skeletal muscles, and she was 20 pounds over-weight from her sedentary retirement lifestyle.
All that incapacity was changed, and she lost the 20 pounds, too. As the months and then years rolled by, she experienced a rebirth of her Health. She ran her way back to Health and showed that the symptoms of “aging” are all too similar to the consequences of “inactivity”. We are made-to-move, and it is the stagnation of inactivity which helps to cause illness.
Gradually, her endurance allowed Mavis to start “jogging”, but she found out that she really loved to run! So, gradually Mavis increased her time and built endurance, and by age 70 a Marathoner had been born.
She broke world records and blazed new pathways in the (26 mile) marathon for each age stage and for the 10 Kilometer race (6.2 miles). She trained an average of 50 miles a week.
Mavis underwent a series of tests performed at Loma Linda University’s Human Performance Lab to determine how much her body had benefited from the exercise. The [VO.sub.2] max test measures the health of heart, lungs and blood vessel fitness, and Mavis now showed that, at 80, she had the heart and lung efficiency of a normal 22 year old woman!
As far as her body composition was concerned, she tested out at 12% fat whereas a normal “healthy” college-age woman has 25% fat body composition and the average middle age woman has 32% fat.
Mavis was one fit, lean runner who was proud that in every marathon, the organizers let her wear the jersey number which reflected her age that year!
At 90, about 10 years ago, she hung up her running shoes, and what shoes they were — Phil Knight, CEO of NIKE, had special “Air Mavis” shoes made for her, which he presented to Mavis before her last race!
“Amazing Mavis” ran her last official marathon in real style, and many adoring fans in Portland, Oregon remember the inspiration she gave them, too, to change their own Health by regaining their strength and endurance.
Recently, at 90 years of age, Jenny Wood-Allen of Dundee, Scotland completed her last marathon — the London Marathon — in 11 hours, 34 minutes. Each marathon is 26 miles, 385 yards! She ran her first marathon at age 71 and has completed more than 30 marathons now.
At one point she was the world-record holder for the over 70 group. Over the years, racing for charity, Jennie has raised more than $70,000.
She had scaled down her marathons to one a year, but she still runs 50 miles a week.
Who Is One Of The Oldest Decorated Heroes?
Every year the Carnegie Hero Fund, established by tycoon Andrew Carnegie, awards medals to ordinary people for extra-ordinary bravery. Until recently, the oldest recipient was Carolyn Kelly, who at 82 years old, jumped into a pond and rescued her fellow retirement-home resident Nina Hutchinson, when Nina’s car drove into the water.
Carolyn held Nina’s head above water until help arrived.
Ms. Kelley said she was surprised to find out that she was the oldest recipient at the then 99 year old award (this was in 2002), because she felt there are ‘many older, active people who are capable of such acts’.
Who Is The Oldest Known Person To Ski To The Geographic North Pole?
At age 77 years, 10 months, 13 days old, Canadian Jack McKenzie made history as he became the oldest person to ski to the geographical North Pole (which is located in the far north of Canada, and is also known as the Magnetic North Pole). He skied 62 miles in 5 1/2 days as part of the team to reach the Pole.
Jack joined the 9 member expedition in 1999 to celebrate the “International Year of Older Persons”. He certainly added to the increasing annals of senior accomplishments.
Jack and his wife had visited 6 continents in their retirement, and never repeated a destination. Since his wife died in 1995, Jack has continued to travel and has joined adventure expeditions which finally included Antarctica. He also took a more than 2400 mile journey across China. Now Jack has visited all 7 continents, and he continuing to travel.
A 52 woman walks to the True North Pole
In 2001, Jen Buck, a 27 year old Canadian nurse and Olympic rower, who went along on the same expedition with Jack McKenzie, above, co-led the first all women’s team to go to the True North Pole with 11 other women.
The co-leader, Josie Auclair, age 38, is married to famed Canadian Arctic explorer Richard Weber (who along with his partner, Misha Malakhov) are the only humans ever to have walked to the True North Pole successfully 4 times.
Richard trained Josee in the tactics of survival, as the True North Pole is only a piece of floating ice, found with the help of a skilled GPS locating technician (Jen), and within 5 minutes, the ice has already sent you drifting away from the real Pole.
The expedition is fraught with danger at every second, as the 3 meter thick summer Arctic ice “leads” break away constantly, and requires massive re-routing and the danger of floating into isolation or being smashed or drowned, by the power of an 18-wheeler truck crashing down on you. With the mandatory extra re-routing, time, energy and food run the risk of running out, too. And. cold is your constant companion, yet sweat is even more deadly.
The eight other team members included a 52 year old un-named woman (possibly it is Professor Sue Carter, one of the teams’ organizers). With 4 Canadians and 8 Americans, each paid $11,000 each to finance the expedition. On Josee’s first led expedition, the women opted to pull the sleds themselves rather than use sled dogs, and were not re-supplied. They took everything with them from the beginning.
Along with tents, gear, and fuel they carried all their food. They required lots of water and 5,000 calories a day, eaten as concentrated bacon on a stick, pate, cheese, crackers, jambalaya and of course, chocolate!
High-fat food rules, as it burns long and is calorie dense. They had a hot drink on the hour, every hour in the last 48 hour “push”.
Other more experienced Danish male guides, trying at the same time, did not get their expeditions to the Pole.
In the last 2 grueling days, with only 4 hours sleep each night, the team had to cover the last 21 miles. Only when they had crashed through all personal barriers and were within 6 miles of their goal did they have the luxury of knowing that they would likely reach their goal. They did. Attitude, rather than physical strength, is what ultimately defined the group and secured their success.
They were also the first team to reach the True North Pole, whole, with no substitutes; in fact, no substitutes were allowed. The women went for 2 years of training — most just being ordinary women who believed they could do extra-ordinary things! They had a 5 day training in Siberia and then started their 2 week, 200 kilometer trek, slogging with the sleds over miles of house-high ridges. The whole expedition lasted one month, as they were marooned afterward at the camp at Ice Station Borneo.
Michigan State University journalism professor, Sue Carter, and Frida Warra, a documentary film-maker, initiated the idea for the all-women Quest. Their professed desire was “to foster in women and girls a sense of empowerment about themselves and their abilities”.
Who Is The Oldest Person To Graduate From University? Meet A True College Senior!
In May 2007, Nola Ochs, at age 95, became the oldest person to graduate from University. Not only that, but Nola is also the person who took the longest to complete her degree. Amazingly, she started her bachelors degree in 1930, went back to school at 75 and completed her degree 20 years later.
Her grand-daughter Alexandra, graduated with her, which is yet another record. And you can bet that her 3 living of 4 sons, and their spouses were all there for the occasion, along with 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, to see the Governor of Kansas present Nola with her diploma, to the applause of thousands.
Nola had to move the 100 miles from her farm and live on campus, in a dormitory for non-traditional students. There and elsewhere on campus, she made lots of friends. Nola said she was just like any other student, but Joleen Briggs, Nola’s college advisor says “she is the poster child of a life-long learner”.
Nola says that “I lived on a farm. I was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I had plenty to do. But, the yearning didn’t go away.”
Along the way, Nola studied for her General Studies and History degree on campus, then by correspondence, then on the internet and finally, went back on campus again.
Other students were fascinated when she could give them first-hand, witness views of the History they were studying.
Now she plans to start on a Master’s Degree on campus at Fort Hays State University this fall.
Nola says she ‘wants to accumulate as many degrees as I can’. And, then she plans to get a job, on a tour ship so she can see the world!
The previous world record holder was Mozelle Richardson who completed her degree at age 90, in 2004 at the University of Oklahoma.
Brava! And my sincere congratulations to both of you.
Use It Or Lose It – Intellectual Health Is Possible If You Continually Use Your Mind and Brain.
Who Is The Oldest Nobel Laureate?
At age 88, Raymond Davis Jr. of the United States, received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2002, for his pioneering contributions to Astrophysics, especially for his detection of cosmic neutrino particles.
There are 9 Nobel Laureates in their 80’s who have received the Nobel Prize in their fields of chemistry, economics, medicine, physics as well as 2 more recipients of the most highly-regarded Nobel Peace Prize.
Now, You Can Help History Happen — Yes, You Can!
Gabrielle Simpson is a 64 year old Australian grandmother who hopes to become the oldest circumnavigator of the world while sailing as an officially chosen crew member in the Clipper 07-08 Round The World Yacht Race.
She still needs to raise funds, and you can help her on her website at www.gabriellesimpson.com .
Gabrielle is embarking on a 10 month voyage after an initial 2 months of intense training in London before the race begins. She has not been a yachting sailor before, but she has a huge affinity and love for the ocean.
Gabrielle will tackle 35,000 miles in this singular race available to non-professional sailors. The race will start from Liverpool, England on September 18, 2007.
Her yacht will be the Quindao Clipper, captained by veteran sailor Marcus Cholerton-Brown.
This single mother has already accomplished a great deal in her life — being a dental nurse for Australia’s world-renowned long-distance Flying Doctor Service, a model in England, and starting over at University, as a mature student, to earn another degree in Arts and Drama. She has already had a major art exhibition in Adelaide, Australia. Gabrielle was also an Olympic torch-bearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Gabrielle personifies what the Race selector panel says is the spirit of this world’s longest sailing race — “it’s all about ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things”.
And, as I said at the start, we don’t need to live in the magical worlds of Harry Potter (although that’s fun and has its imaginative place in our psyche). We are powerful Be-ings who create or co-create our own lives which can be steeped with as much wonder and challenge as we can dream of, at any stage of our life!
Go for it!
Next time, we’ll begin to learn the “secrets” which some of these seniors share as the reasons they are able to accomplish all they have, and we will learn more about the science which is helping us understand lots more about longevity and having a quality life at any age!
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