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7 Older Adults with Incredible Life Stories

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

Reaching the age of retirement does not necessarily mean life stops. For many seniors around the world, the fun and passion continues. These older adults serve as an inspiration for all. 

1. Elisabeth Davis 

In 2016, Ms. Davis celebrated her 80th year as the secretary for the Culver Academies prep school in Culver, Indiana. At the time, she was 99 years old. When she began her career assisting the dean of the school, she took shorthand and used a typewriter. She prefers using a typewriter today over a computer because digital files can become lost or deleted.

With some encouragement and assistance, seniors can maintain their independence, enjoy a higher quality of life, and accomplish great things. The Woodlands home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.  

2. Fauja Singh 

Singh enjoyed competing in marathons. His record for the 100-meter dash for his age group remains unbroken. He was one of the runners to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. This resident of Great Britain retired from competitive running at the age of 102. However, today, at age 106, Singh continues running for pleasure and charity events. 

3. Hiroshi Hoketsu 

Hoketsu’s love of riding horses took him to the Olympics in the 1960s. He continued riding competitively and became the oldest participant in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. Hoketsu wanted to compete in 2016 in Brazil. However, his horse Whisper is also aging and is no longer able to handle the stress of continual training. Today, at 76, he continues riding for pleasure. 

4. Jane Soeten

Being close to 90 does not stop Soeten from her love of playing basketball. She did not begin playing the sport until she was 65. She also loves track and field events. As a regular competitor in the National Senior Olympics, she won gold medals for the discus and hammer throws and a bronze medal for the javelin throw. 

5. Johanna Quaas 

Quaas fell in love with gymnastics and began competing in the sport when she was nine years old. Throughout her life, she took part in various competitions. She gained recognition in 2012 when YouTube videos demonstrated her amazing skills. Quaas was 86 years old at the time. Today, at 92, she continues enjoying the sport. 

Seniors who need assistance with pursuing their passions or managing daily activities can benefit from professional in-home care. Kingwood respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed.

6. Morgan Shepherd

Shepherd’s racing career began five decades ago. Even at the age of 75, he continues demonstrating he has a need for speed. Shepherd is a professional stock car driver and participates part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In addition, he serves as a lay minister to the drivers and crews of the racing industry. 

7. Willie Murphy

Ms. Murphy weighs a mere 105 pounds, but she can deadlift 215 pounds. She also regularly does one-armed pull-ups and push-ups along with fingertip pushups. In 2014, at the age of 77, she walked away with first place in the deadlift at the WNPF World Championships. Later that same year, she won first place in the bench press, the bench press repetitions, and the power curl competitions. This self-taught athlete strives to be an inspiration to women and says exercise is the key to health.

Older adults may need assistance with daily activities and making healthier lifestyle choices. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care North Houston, Texas, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver. If your senior loved one needs high-quality in-home care services, call Home Care Assistance at 832-412-1345 today.