More than 60 years ago, Barbara Giacino left Syracuse University a few credits shy of her degree in order to get married and raise her family. At 84, she decided she really wanted to finish up her coursework, so she did. This week, she returned to the Central New York campus to, at long last, receive her diploma.
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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.
Kenneth Cooper, M.D., is a pioneer of preventive medicine and the man who coined the term “aerobics” in his landmark book of the same name. Now 86, he’s still practicing what he preaches with daily workouts and a commitment to healthy living.
Carl Reiner is a living legend who has entertained audiences since World War II. Now in his mid-90s, he’s still as creative and vibrant as ever, and he’s also teaching us all a valuable lesson in the art of longevity.
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.
Connie Curry laced up her first pair of skates at the age of 60, only to become a championship figure skater by the age of 77. She explains how it’s just the latest thing she’s learned to do throughout her life, including not learning how to read until she was in college due to a serious health challenge. She’ll inspire you to keep growing!
With her rainbow swim cap and megawatt smile, swimmer Charlotte Sanddal is hard to miss in the pool. Then when you discover she’s not only a national champion, she’s also 94 years old, you realize you’re never going to forget her.
She stands just 4 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs just 83 pounds, but Ida Keeling is a true heavyweight. Fresh off her world-record run at the Penn Relays, the 100-year-old runner talks to Growing Bolder about the power of attitude.
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.
A record number of runners and walkers gathered for the historic 39th annual Winter Park Road Race, but there was one runner everyone wanted to meet — 86-year-old Ann Kahl. She gives you a pep talk for incorporating movement into your life.