UpGraded Longevity

Jack LaLanne, Age 95

Jack LaLanne

Most of you have heard of Jack LaLanne.  You might even say he was the original “UpGraded Senior.” Mr. LaLanne died at age 96 in 2011, so this is a posthumous induction of Mr. LaLanne into the UpGraded Senior Superstars. He is referred to as the “Godfather of Fitness” and for good reason. He was…

Robert Marchand, Cycling Records at Age 105

Robert Marchand

These UpGraded Senior Superstars just keep raising the bar. Record keeping organizations are having to create new categories and age groups. That was the case when Robert Marchand, age 105, set the world 1 hour cycling record for the 105+ age group. Apparently, no one had ever attempted a record at that age before. For…

Emma Morano, Age 117

Emma Morano

Raw eggs, ladyfingers and brandy.  Could that possibly be the secret to living longer than anyone else on the planet? Enter Emma Morano Emma recently turned 117, and is the oldest person alive today. What’s her secret? Well, since she was a teenager she has eaten 3 eggs a day – 2 raw and 1…

They’re Saying Your Grandkids Won’t Live As Long

Grim Reaper

I just used that headline to get your attention.  Sorry! New statistics from the National Center For Health Statistics released this month indicate that a baby’s life expectancy at birth actually declined for the total U.S. population from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015. This is the first such decrease in more than…

On the Shortness of Time (and Its Misuse)

Time has Flewn

Home Be Inspired Laugh Get Fit Live Longer Read the Blog Eat Better Have Fun Get Smart UpGraded SeniorLifestyles for Active Seniors! On the Shortness of Time (and It’s Misuse) “You may delay, but time will not.”  — Benjamin Franklin As we get older I think our appreciation of time increases.  We are more mindful…

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.…

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!”…

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…

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…

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…