These Seniors Are Rocking Retirement
These 10 seniors prove that you’re only as old as you feel. They will inspire you to get out and get moving no matter your age!
When most people think about retirement, they imagine it will look a little something like this:
Rest. Relaxation. Maybe a crossword or two?
That’s just the seniors retirement stereotype that photojournalist Vladimir Yakovlev wanted to debunk with his series, The Age of Happiness. And so, he packed up his camera and traveled the world to find retirees that would put this common misconception to shame. And boy, did he strike gold!
1. Meet Montserrat Mecho Who Proves Age Doesn’t Stop This Daredevil
At 78, Montserrat dares to stare death in the face! Forget the rocking chair on the porch. This fearless lady is happiest when jumping out of an airplane, high above the ground. But the thrills don’t stop there. She also enjoys down-hill skiing, wind surfing, diving and has even broken several records in swimming!
“I smile a lot, ” says Montserrat. “The fact that I am able to do what I want to do makes me utterly joyful.”
2. Meet Yvonne Dole the Ice Wonder
This ice granny has been skating for years! And she’s not about to stop now! In fact, at the age of 80, her doctors suggested she give up this hobby after she received a major concussion following a car accident. Now, at 86 years young, she not only continues to skate, but even participates in competitions. And she has the best attitude, saying,
“If I ever get in a bad mood, I look at my peers with their oxygen bags, put on skates and smile.”
3. Meet Lloyd Kahn A Skateboarding Retiree
This rad retiree spends his time surfing sidewalks! He stepped on his first board at 65, and promptly fell off, injuring his hand. He could have abandoned the sport and opted for channel surfing. But instead, he invested in plenty of protective gear and got right back on his board! Now 78, this gnarly dude rides the pavement most every day. He’s not in it for the sick tricks that the kids like to do. He just enjoys the ride, saying,
“I try not to go to fast, so that I could always jump off and land on my feet.”
4. Meet Nina Melnikova and Antonina Kulikova An Amazing Martial Arts Seniors
No one messes with these martial arts mavens! At 70, these pals decided to give aikido a try, a Japanese martial art that focuses on redirecting the momentum of an opponent’s attack. Now 75, the duo trains at least twice a week for 3 hours at a time. I feel sorry for the poor chump foolish enough to try to take of with one of their purses!
5. Meet Ruth Flowers Not Your Stereotypical Senior
When Ruth, then 68, lost her husband of 40 years, she knew she couldn’t just sit at home and sulk. So, to the surprise of all who knew her, she set her sights on becoming a club DJ. And she did just that! Under the stage name “Mamy Rock,” Ruth spent the next 15 years honing her craft and rocking nightclubs in London, Ibiza, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. She proves that you’re never too old to chase a dream!
“…I expect I’ve got friends who think I’m quite insane but they can do what they wish, and I’ll do what I wish. If you can’t do what you want to at my age, when can you?” Ruth says to Telegraph UK reporter.
6. Meet Pat Moorhead The Skydiving Duo
Pat (pictured on the right) decided he was going to celebrate his 80th birthday in the most epic way. Instead of cake and candles, he spent his special day performing 80 parachute jumps in a row. . .no breaks allowed! Now that he literally has a lifetime of jumps under his belt, he spends his time jet setting around the world with this lovely wife. The couple has traveled to over 180 countries. There’s no taking it easy with this pair!
Pat reflected: “What I’ve understood with age is that you can’t let anxiety and fear rule over your life. Many people believe that their dreams can’t come true once they’re beyond fifty, and stop doing anything. It’s so sad that people give up. I persuaded myself that everything is possible.”
7. Meet John Lowe A Tap Dancing Extraordinaire
John spent his entire life wishing he could dance. So at 80 years old, he decided to stop wishing and start doing! Now 92, this guy has got moves! His favorite type of dance is ballet, which he practices at home every day and at the theater 3 days a week. Not one to sit idle, John breaks up his dance schedule with rollerblading. He’s so spry, that at age 90, his family made him promise to stop leaping and doing 360 degree turns mid-air. As John amusingly puts it, they are fearful that, if he falls, they won’t be able to put him back together. And so, he settles for just plain leaping (no crazy turns)!
“Find something that will completely change your life. It’s hard, I may have gotten lucky. But, I think everyone can come up with something. Ballet enables me to keep my spine straight and to trick time,” says John.
8. Meet Johanna Quaas A Strong Gymnast
Johanna (pictured on the right) is in incredible shape. That’s because she took up gymnastics at 56 years of age. Now 30 years later, she’s just as devoted (and limber!) at 86.
Johanna tells Daily Mail: “I’m an early bird so my morning routine is running up and down the stairs.”
9. Meet Duan Tzinfu A Real Life Gumby
Before retiring, Duan spent nearly 50 grueling years working in a glass production plant. By the time he stopped working, he could barely walk. So, at age 60, he decided to start exercising, with a focus on stretching and relaxation. When he began, he couldn’t even bend down to touch his toes. But now, at 73, you’d almost swear Duan was made out of rubber!
“It’s important to stretch and to eat less tasty foods. Then, you’ll be healthy and happy,” says Duan Tzinfu.
10. Meet Lynn Ruth Miller Who Proves Life IS A Caberet
This sweet lady is a hoot! Rarely seen without a smile on her face, Lynn decided to spend her “golden years” entertaining. At 81, her attitude matches the title of her cabaret show — Not Dead Yet. She’s one of the oldest performing comedians, and is sure to have you laughing.
“Doing comedy has changed the way I think about myself, and my body”, says Miller. “Do I feel old on stage? No! I don’t have time to.”
These folks are living proof that the “twilight years” are what you make them. They can be just as exhilarating as any other part of your life. There’s a bad habit of thinking of retirement as “the end” or as a time to slow down. But it’s just the beginning of a new chapter. There are still many adventures and brand new experiences to be had. A world of opportunity awaits!
h/t: Sunny Skyz
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