Fitness

Nola Ochs – 95 Year Old College Graduate

It’s time to honor another UpGraded Senior Superstar – another inspirational senior citizen. This time, it’s Nola Ochs of Kansas, who graduated from Fort Hays State University at age 95 in 2007, giving her the Guinness Book record as the oldest college graduate. Remarkable! But wait, there’s more.  As Nola herself said in the interview…

Words of Wisdom

There’s a lot to be learned from the accumulated wisdom of the ages.  Here are some of my favorite tidbits from ancient and contemporary thinkers. Aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you.   Henry S. Lodge, M. D.(1958 – 2017) Every man dies. Not every man really lives.   William Wallace(1270…

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…

Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics

A famous quote goes something like this: There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies and statistics. The quote is often attributed to Mark Twain, but Twain attributed it to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.  However, none of Disraeli’s published works contain the quote. But I digress.  Here’s a statistic that we shouldn’t be…