We’ve all heard the expression, “I’m too old for that!” But as they say, age is just a frame of mind. Research has shown that those who think they are old and frail, will act old and frail, giving up physical and mental activities that can keep them healthy. Here’s a list of seniors who didn’t let age get in the way of their dreams and goals.
At 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became
the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.
At 73, Larry King celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting.
At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest
people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.
At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.
At 80, Christine Brown of Laguna Hills, CA, climbed the
Great Wall of China.
At 81, Bill Painter became the oldest person to reach the
14,411-foot summit of Mt. Rainier.
At 82, William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker,
crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire.
At 85, Theodor Mommsen became the oldest person to receive a
Nobel Prize in Literature.
At 86, Katherine Pelton swam the 200-meter butterfly in 3 minutes,
1.14 seconds, beating the men’s world record for that age group
by over 20 seconds.
At 87, Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science Monitor.
At 88, Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the
Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
At 90, Marc Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the
At 91, Allan Stewart of New South Wales completed a Bachelor of
Law degree from the University of New England.
At 94, comedian George Burns performed in Schenectady, NY,
63 years after his first performance there.
At 95, Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma.
At 96, Harry Bernstein published his first book, The Invisible Wall,
three years after he started writing to cope with loneliness after
his wife of 70 years, Ruby, passed away.
At 99, Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji.
At 100, Frank Schearer seems to be the oldest active water skier in the world.
Compiled from the book “Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People
Can Achieve Outrageous Success” by Daniel E. Waldschmidt.