Some Inspiration by people older than you
We’re all aging at the same rate—one year every 365 days, and oh how quickly those days go by—but some people seem determined to prove that “getting old” is optional. In recognition of National Senior Citizens Day this month, we’ve rounded up a few stories about people doing note-worthy and inspirational things in their 90s and beyond. Enjoy!
- Nola Ochs of Kansas made national headlines when she graduated from college at the age of 95. At the age of 98, she earned a Master’s Degree and continued taking classes until she was 100. Nola began taking classes as a way to keep busy.
- Former pilot Fred Mack of Pennsylvania celebrated his 100th birthday by skydiving from 13,000 feet. He first tried skydiving when he was 95. He was also a competitive skier in his 70s and continued to ski into his 90s.
- John and Charlotte Henderson of Texas were declared the world’s oldest married couple in 2019 by Guinness World Records. He was 106 and she was 105. They had been married for 80 years, having tied the knot on Dec. 15, 1939. The hotel room for their honeymoon cost only $7.
- Harry Bernstein of New Jersey published his first book, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers, at the age of 96. He began writing as a way to combat loneliness after the death of his wife, Ruby. They had been married for almost 70 years. Harry went on to write three more books before he died at age 101.
- Harriette Thompson of North Carolina was the oldest woman ever to run a marathon. She attracted global attention in 2015 at a marathon in San Diego when she crossed the finish line at the age of 92. Her time was 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds. Earlier in life, Harriette was a Carnegie Hall concert pianist and a cancer survivor. Olympic medalist and long-distance runner Meb Keflezighi said of Harriette, “She has proven what music and exercise does for the body and soul.”