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Ray Chavez (Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor) – Age 104

Today, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day in the United States.  It’s a day of remembrance for the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor – “a date that will live in infamy,” according to FDR. More than 2,400 people lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. Ray Chavez was one of the lucky ones who survived.…

Ed Whitlock – 85 Year Old Marathoner

An October, 2016 article in Runners’ World magazine caught the eye of your UpGrading Senior-In-Chief. It was a story about yet another remarkable senior.  The headline read like this: At 85, Ed Whitlock Breaks Four Hours in the Marathon. I have run marathons.  For those UpGrading Seniors who have never been runners, let me tell…

Don’t Believe the Haters

There’s a reason the UpGraded Senior mascot (see icon in photo) has a sunburst behind him.  Sun exposure is good for you. Don’t believe the haters when it comes to sunshine. If you listen to some experts, you’d think that sunlight is a death ray and that you skin will turn into one large melanoma…

Benefits Of Broccoli

Did you know that there is evidence that broccoli can help reduce your risk of: Cancer Diabetes High blood pressure Arthritis & Kidney disease? Yep, this under-appreciated cruciferous vegetable is a powerhouse of nutritional, disease-fighting goodness. I know. Most people’s reaction to a steaming hot serving of broccoli is something along the lines of “YUCK!”…

Neal Unger – 60 Year Old Skateboarder

It’s time to add yet another “UpGraded Senior Superstar” to our ever-growing list of totally amazing seniors. Neal Unger – Skateboarder Our newest inductee is Neal Unger and he is a 60-year old skateboarder!  You don’t see too many of those now, do you? Most of us UpGrading Seniors would think skateboarding is a poor…

Legend of the Falls

This is an update of a previous post which I wrote in 2014 on the same topic and which richly deserves an UpGrade.You Can’t Handle the TruthRemember that famous line from the movie, A Few Good Men?Well, the truth when it comes to seniors and falling may be hard to handle too, but we as…

Ida Keeling – 100 Year Old Sprinter

Ida Keeling

Time for another installment of UpGraded Senior Superstars. Save Your Lame Excuses I live in a 55+ community and I can’t tell you how many times I hear some of us geezers excuse ourselves from exercising. In fact, some of those excuses may have come from someone very close to me (ahem). Oh sure, we…

Frances Woofenden – 81 Year Old Water Skiing Champion

There was a time when I fancied myself as a pretty good water skier.  Hardly a week went by during warm weather that I didn’t ski 4 – 7 times a week, but somewhere along the line I stopped. I guess the usual responsibilities caught up with me.  Work.  Family.  Age. From time to time…

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…