Inspiration & Motivation

Fauja Singh – 100 Year Old Marathoner

I’ve run a few marathons, so on this one, I speak with authority.  Marathons are hard – very hard, even when you are young. So here I sit thinking about getting back to running after a long layoff, and wondering if I’m too old to run any more.  I do have that hip that sometimes…

96 Year Old Yoga Teacher

When I hear some of my contemporaries in their 60s and 70s complaining that they have gotten too old to be active, etc., etc., I always suggest that they spend some time with our Superstars.  Here’s the next one. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 96 year old active yoga teacher, who’s been teaching yoga for 56…

The Amazing Story of Cliff Young

This is truly the story of an UpGraded Senior Superstar – one named Cliff Young.  Cliff entered (and won) the Sydney to Melbourne run in Australia (544 miles) at age 61.  Oh, and he broke the record for the run in the process by almost two days. Not that it matters, but he ran without…

Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr.

People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s a state of mind that makes you old.  Age . . . gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy. So says Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr., my latest UpGraded Senior Superstar.  Sonny is a 70 year…

World’s Oldest Active Gymnast

OK, UpGraders.  Here’s another one – 86 year old gymnast Johanna Quass, the world’s oldest active gymnast in 2012.  The videos say it all (even if in German!).  And, for some of you doubters, hop on the parallel bars and try to duplicate the routines.  I’m not a gymnast, but I have been on parallel…

Do Mental Abilities Necessarily Deteriorate With Age?

One long held assumption regarding aging is that our mental faculties are in a steady state of decline beginning somewhere in the latter part of mid-life, but is that actually true? At the outset, I will admit that it is undeniable that age brings with it some easily observed decline in both mental and physical…

Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess

[Here’s a prayer we would all do well to commit to memory, regardless of our religious beliefs.  If you prefer not to think of it as a prayer, think of it as a meditation.  Apparently it’s not known who wrote the prayer, but it is believed to date to the 17th century.] Prayer of an…

Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion

Here’s another one for the “so, what’s your excuse” category. Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion, age 88, the mayor of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. Her record is modest. She’s only been mayor for 31 years. She only gets elected by 92% of the vote. Oh, and while every government body known to man or woman is…

UpGraded Senior Manifesto: Join the Revolution

Teddy Roosevelt summed up what could be a manifesto for living and for UpGrading Seniors as they struggle against the inevitable effects of time:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)

Imagine a Different Kind of Old Age!

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Bowling a Perfect Game (the Hard Way)

Here’s another entry for the “UpGraded Senior Superstars.”  Mr. Dale Davis.  What makes Dale a senior superstar you ask? Well, in 2008 at age 78 Mr. Davis bowled a perfect 300 game.  For the non-bowlers, a perfect game means rolling 12 strikes (all pins knocked down with one ball) in a row in a single…