We all mourn our losses in different ways. When Johnnie Dimas, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, lost his wife of 67 years, he went on a journey of discovery, honoring her memory.
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In honor of Veterans Day, Art Shaffer recounts his recent tandem jump with 99 year-old, former paratrooper Jim “Pee Wee” Martin.
Barbara Beskind smashes stereotypes every time she goes to work. At 94, she is by far the oldest member of the world-famous, human-centered design team IDEO in Silicon Valley. Some of IDEO’s designs include Apple’s first mouse and the Pilates machine. Many of Beskind’s co-workers are 60 or even 70 years younger, but they’re soaking up her life experiences.
Each year for the past 13 years, George Etzweiler has taken on the challenging 7-mile Mount Washington Road Race, which takes runners to a height of 4,700 feet. And each year he sets another record. We get this amazing 98-year-old to slow down long enough to share his secrets of active longevity.
If you ever seek wisdom, make sure the person you turn to has it to give, like Annie Peters. Annie never had much money, but her life was full of adventures.
Meet the 77-year-old ballerina who still teaches classes and dances up to two hours herself every day. Madame Suzelle Poole reveals what she’s learned about staying active as you age and shares her tips for staying active and engaged for your lifetime.
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins didn’t start running until she was 100 years old, only to become the fastest female centenarian of all time. We get her to slow down long enough to discuss her newfound fame and learn what she wants other seniors to know about staying fit.
We love comeback stories. We love stories in which ordinary people are able to live extraordinary lives because they are curious, fearless and determined. At 99 and 101 years old respectively, Orville Rogers and Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins will not only inspire you, they just may change your life.
While Graham Johnston might be known as “the old fossil,” he is anything but petrified or prehistoric. This 85-year-old might be called one of the world’s foremost “aqua-tourists.” We catch him action at a swim meet, where he not only sets even more world records, he shares tales from the road and his fascinating life.
Have you ever felt like you are too old to do something? That will change when you meet a 90-year-old hockey player!
Now in his mid-90s, world-renowned artist Harold Garde not only still paints daily in his home studio, he sees his work as the ultimate act of artistic rebellion. He explains to Growing Bolder why he refuses to paint for the galleries, collectors, shows or museums, but is instead focused on pleasing one person: himself. Listen to him speak passionately on the art of aging, society’s focus on legacies and the privilege he thinks every aging person deserves.
Who are the Rock Stars of Aging? They’re living proof of what’s possible in life. See how the 106-year-old who danced her way through the White House inspires us.