The month of February is designated National Senior Independence Month. The cliché of seniors with walkers and canes is fast becoming a thing of the past. Everywhere we go these days we see active, vital, and adventurous seniors. The baby boomer population is redefining what it means to age.
Robert James Havighurst, a physicist, educator, and an expert on human development and aging, subscribed to the idea that satisfaction and happiness are the foundations for which we define successful aging.
Embracing who you are at any age is vital to living a fulfilling and joyful life. Below is a list of inspiring seniors.
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as “Grandma Moses,” began painting after her arthritis made it too difficult for her to hold an embroidery needle, she was 76 years old.
- Pablo Picasso, at the age of 87, produced 347 engravings in just one year.
- Susan B. Anthony was beyond the age of 80 when she formed the International Woman Suffrage Alliance.
- Nola Ochs became the oldest college graduate at 95 years old, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University, Kansas.
- Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the very ﬁrst African American woman, to reach the North Pole at age 75.
It’s never too late to achieve your dreams.
Looking to Travel?
Across the country there are beautiful national parks that make wonderful places to visit, you may opt for a walk along a peaceful trail, an invigorating hike or a week of wilderness camping. The national parks are truly a treasure. The National Park Service recognizes this and offers the National Parks Senior Pass. The price is $20.00 a year which covers entrance fees to 2,000 federal recreation sites.
Going back to school (for free) is Possible
In many states across the country, colleges and universities will waive the cost of tuition for senior citizens. In other states that do not allow tuition-free admissions for seniors, you may be allowed to attend classes for a discounted fee. Check with your local University.
Ever Dream of Completing in a Triathlon?
You don’t have to be an athlete to compete in a triathlon. People of all fitness levels are entering triathlons more and more every year. Baby boomers are top of the list for most involved in a triathlon. According to Margaret Hawkins, who manages the American Association of Retired Persons’ “Tri-Umph” triathlon series for people over fifty, say 30% of participants are between the ages 60-71 and most are in their 50’s.
Learn a Foreign Language
Think you’re too old to learn to be fluent in a foreign language? Think again, a recent study from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the ESRC states, that anyone can become fluent in any language, at any age. It’s not true that children learn languages faster and easier than adults. When different age groups were exposed to the same amount of instruction, the older age group actually did better, both initially and in the long term!
Adventures in life can always be discovered and rediscovered. Keeping your life fresh by trying out new activities, or challenging yourself both mentally, and physically can be exhilarating.
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