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"Can-Do" Seniors

Great Feats & Personal Goals Can Be Achieved At All Ages

The story goes, you turn 65 and retire. Or does it? Even if you do retire, does that mean you stop being of value to society, your family or yourself? Absolutely not. There are too many things to do, places to go and people to meet.

Seniors continue to stretch the limits put on them by all age groups, including their own. Every day they play an active and vital role in society. And they will continue to do so for more years than in the past. Thatís because the average life expectancy continues to increase. In 2010 it was up to 78.7 years of age.

Have doubts? Take a look at the following list of feats accomplished by some amazing seniors who served society and/or fulfilled their dreams. And remember...they are not alone. They inspire many future retirees(?) to follow in their footsteps.

Picture This: Pablo Picasso painted for 78 years. During that time he finished 13,500 paintings and 100,000 prints and engravings.

Inspiring Retirees(?)

  • The Winner Is: Jessica Tandy won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Driving Miss Daisy. She was 80 years of age.
  • Tied The Knot: Harry Stevens was 103 years old when he married youngster, Thelma Lucas, in Beloit, Wisconsin. Thelma was 84.
  • Experience In The Classroom: Medarda de Jesus Leon de Uzcateg taught for 85 years in Caracus, Venezuela. She and her sisters opened a school in 1911 when she was 12.
  • Got The Urge To Write: Sarah Louise Delany authored her 2nd book, The Delany Sistersí Book of Everyday Wisdom, when she was 105 years old. It was co-authored by her 103 year old sister, A. Elizabeth Delany.
  • No Splits: At 86, Joe Norris became the oldest person to bowl a perfect game of 300.
  • I Need More Space: Senator John Glenn hitches a ride on a space shuttle and becomes the oldest astronaut at age 77.
  • Took A Big Leap: In 2004, at the age of 100, Estrid Geertsen of Denmark made a tandem parachute jump from an airplane at 4,000 feet.
  • Senior Power: Ronald Reagan was reelected president at 73. Senator Strom Thurmond retired at 87.
  • Lights, Camera, Action!: Movie director George Cukor put his last movie in the can in 1981. Rich and Famous was his 50th movie and he was 81 years of age.
  • Taking A Walk: In 2005, Philip Rabinowitz of Capetown, South Africa, was still walking competitively, entering races over 12 miles long. He was born in 1904.
(Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, Guinness Book of World Records)