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The Oldest People Who Have.....Done Things You Wouldn't Expect Them to Do!

Updated on July 20, 2014

Do You You Have to Stop Living, Growing Because You Are Old?

Baby Boomers have been called the first self-indulgent generation. We are accused of not wanting to grow old. Well, who does want to grow old? We are just the first generation who isn't going to allow it to happen. However, the people you see here aren't Baby Boomers. Some of them are even older than the parents of Baby Boomers.

In my idealistic twenties I worked in a Senior Citizen's Program in New Jersey. I loved it and they loved me. However, when I came up with an idea to get some of them to go back to school, I was met with a lot of resistance. They saw school as something you had to do when you were young, but since it was just kid thing they thought that being freed of it was best. Of course, in my twenties, I also thought I knew what was best for them. Regardless, I was crushed.

Recently, however, while sitting in Newark Liberty Airport I noticed a huge banner that stated that the oldest college grad was 95! Wow!

I don't know if any of the people here had a formal Bucket List , but they sure live life to the ultimate, even well past 90 or a 100!

More About Nola Ochs, 95 Year Old College Grad!

My Best Years

This is an exert from the interview, but do yourself a favor and click the link for the whole story!

"When Vernon, her husband of 39 years, passed away in 1972. , she decided to

start taking community college classes. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Now Nola Ochs has made history, and even though she has been besieged with

offers for television appearances and media interviews, the gracious, beautiful,

witty trailblazer took time away prior to the graduation festivities for an exclusive

interview with"

Nola Ochs: The Oldest College Grad Ever!

Nola Ochs started college when she was 65. It took me 9 years to get my BA. I know how hard it is to keep going, stop and then go back. But 30 years of doing this really boggles my mind. That is as much of an accomplishment as graduating at 95.

Nola did some of her work on line, although not all. That wasn't even possible 30 years ago, when she began at age 65. She finished up, graduating with her granddaughter, living in an apartment on campus.

Nola Ochs is my hero!

Nola Ochs: Oldest College Grad

Who Is The World's Oldest Skydiver?

There seems to be some controversy about this. I found two that credited the record to two different 101 year old, but nameless, men. Before them Herb Tanner, 93 held the record. World's 101 Year Old Skydiver!

The picture here, from Alex Turner/AirAffair, is of Mary Armstrong , great grandmother of 9 who celebrated her 90th birthday with a 12,000 foot jump. But the record holders would have been too old for her to date when she was a teen.

I loved this honest Blog entry from a man who talks about the reality of jumping. As he states in Skydiving there is a Disneyland ride atmosphere about it, but it is dangerous, many times more so than motorcycle riding. He mused that it is not only unnatural for anyone, but certainly someone in his 100's, 80's maybe, but not 100's.

The Oldest Tandum Skydiver on Film

Eunice is far from the oldest, as we have seen, but this great video is inspiring as it shows how she gains confidence as she goes down.

Ninety Year Old Flies On Her Birthday

Ninety Year Old Flies On Her Birthday
Ninety Year Old Flies On Her Birthday

Ruth Hamilton: Oldest Blogger At 109 Years Old

Ruth Hamilton died just 3 months shy of her 110th birthday and she blogged to the end! I wonder if she had a Squidoo account? In fact I wonder who is the oldest Squidoor?

Ruth Hamilton

"She talked to the Growing Bolder Radio Show about her amazing life.

She started as a teacher, married a pro baseball player, became one of the first women to host her own radio show, came face to face with Hitler in 1937, taught diction to Hollywood starlets and became the first woman elected to the legislature in New Hampshire.

Listen to our conversation with this incredible 109-year old woman."

Please, please, please do yourself a favor and follow the above link. From there you can go to her last radio interview.

I had always thought I would live until 103. But heck, if I am like Ruth, and why not?, I can go another 49 years. I wonder how many Squidoo lenses I will have by then?

Scuba Diving at 93

I remember my uncle rushing to get his scuba license before a certain age, because it was illegal to get one after that age. Unfortunately I don't remember if it was 40 or 50. He did get his, btw.

However, because of the pressure on the lungs, scuba diving is a sport for healthy, probably younger people. Yet here we have Burt. Sadly, his heart and kidneys gave way at 93, but fortunately for us, he has left behind a lot of stories. You can read more about him Bert Kilbride . Here are some great quotes:

"In 2004, for my 90th birthday, Guinness Book of World Records proclaimed me the "Oldest Scuba Diver" in the World."

"My wife, Gayla, and I have been working for about a year now compiling my stories beginning in my childhood. My next birthday, March 8th, I will be 93 years old. So you see, I have a few stories to tell."

"I have been a diver for almost a century now. My mom taught me to swim before I could walk. I can't remember a time that I couldn't swim!"

"I was bringing up treasures, in the form of rings and watches, from the depths of Lake Loraine in the 1920s. My mother made me a dive mask when I was only 8 years."

"I have been an inventor, a builder, a contractor, and an entrepreneur. I have bought and developed two barren islands, one as a Scuba Destination hotel. I owned a SCUBA Diving tour business for 30 years. I am a husband, a father, and I'm aiming to live to be 100. I have a date with Jean-Michel Cousteau to go diving in the BVI for my 100th birthday."

"In the 1960s I created the "Resort Course" for the beginners interested in Scuba Diving. It is now taught worldwide under the name of the " Introductory SCUBA Course". In 1987 I was awarded a NOGI Award for Diving Education for my Resort Course."

"I was made "Receiver of the Wrecks" by Queen Elizabeth in 1967 and called a "Pirate" by others in the BVI Government when I wouldn't produce a map of the wrecks I had found on Anegada Reef."

"In the 1990s the Governor of the British Virgin Islands called me a "Living Legend" in his speech on the radio."

Nun, 106 Voted for Eisenhower And Didn't Vote Again Until Obama

Sister Cecilia Gaudette is currently living in a convent in Rome, Italy. At 106 she is very active helping the convent record their archives.

She had not lived in the country for a long time, and had not voted since Eisenhower, who she supported. She had to go to a lot of trouble to vote now. The absentee registration form drop down for birth date stopped at 1905 and she was born in 1902. But she persevered and cast her vote for the candidate of her choice. How many young people go to that much trouble to vote?

In her words:

"I'm encouraged by Senator Obama," she said. "I've never met him, but he seems to be a good man with a good private life. That's the first thing. Then he must be able to govern," she adds.

As excerpted from the Times Online:

Sitting in her modest office in the convent where she has lived for the past 50 years, the diminutive nun appears uninterested in the row inside the American Catholic church over Senator Obama's support for pro-choice policies on abortion.

Asked about her hopes for the US under an Obama presidency, she says: "Peace abroad. I don't worry about the Iraq war because I can't do anything about it. Lord knows how it will end." "It is very complicated," she said. "Those Eastern people are not like we are."

Covered by the BBC

Frank Schearer: 100 Years Old And Water Skiing

I just saw an ad on TV showing an 81 year old woman water skiing. She was doing some pretty fancy moves and if we eat the product she does, we can too. Kind of like "Doc, will I be able to play the piano after the surgery? Good, because I couldn't before."

So I Googled her and discovered that the oldest water skier is actually a man named Frank Schearer who skis at 100 years old! "I just ski for fun," he said. "And it's fun out there in the water on a nice day." I can see him say this as if he were talking about talking the morning constitutional.

If you'd like to follow in the wake of these two you might want to check out National Centenarian Awareness Project . You can learn a lot about healthy living into old age.

But Schearer goes on to say, ""I think it has to do with the fact that I have been so active," Shearer said. "I've been active all my life, from one sport to the other sport -- snow-skiing in the wintertime, water-skiing in the summertime, hunting, fishing. And, especially in recent years, I've been doing some weightlifting regularly." in an interview for ABC news Also don't forget to look at my lens Is 60 the New 40? .

Bess Tancrelle: 102 Year Old Biker Chick

Bess Tancrelle: 102 Year Old Biker Chick
Bess Tancrelle: 102 Year Old Biker Chick

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What do you make of all this?

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      P Mohamed Ali 

      4 years ago from Oman

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      Liz Mackay 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm 66 and maybe I have another thirty or forty years to go. I hope I make good use of the time. Your lens is an encouragement to keep on keeping on.

    • Ash2013 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this lens. Unfortunately it is a growing trend, that the elderly don't get the credit and respect they deserve. To me, age has its own beauty, and that is wisdom.

    • geosum profile image


      6 years ago

      Still going strong at 76. Recently dropped over 80 lbs to a healthy weight and lifestyle.

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      6 years ago

      I don't think bucket lists make any sense. You can have one at 30, and it would be of no use when you are 90:) Just go with the moment and do what you want to do- I've heard about lots of people (and knew some) going in the university after 70. Extreme sports are another thing, but even the woman who voted at 105 is amazing though it's not skydiving. And yes, I would expect that from any older person- they've got more life in them than lots of too young people who are too lazy and uninspired:)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Very true. Excellent lens.

    • DvdMovieGirl profile image


      6 years ago

      Good lens. Age should not be a barrier to anything a person wants to donor alerts try to do.

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Old is perception - if you aren't feeling old, you're not.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this post!! One of my grandmothers lived to be 95 and was bowling 3 times a week when she was 93. One of my grandfathers lived to be 102 and golfed regularly up until the end. I come from great genes so I'm spending my life encouraging others to live into their greatness well into old age. This article was so inspiring. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! I agree with you. Live your life. Age--what age?

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      7 years ago

      Who is the oldest person to start a new business venture ?

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      7 years ago

      An update for oldest scuba diver: In Jean-Michel Cousteau's recent book published by National Geographic Society, My Father, The Captain (a biography about JYC), Jean-Michel describes diving with one of his father's original teammates, Philippe Tailliez, when 'Captain' Taillez was 95 years old. They dove in the Mediterranean. --CAPT Keven C. Reed, MSC, USN (retired)

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      Heidi Vincent 

      7 years ago from GRENADA

      I want to be this active when I am a senior.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These people are inspiring

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      7 years ago

      I really always love reading stories like these - thanks so much for reading! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Sky-lab LM 

      7 years ago

      We have a 83 year old lady who runs many marathons each year. She as well joined the NY marathon. Her name is Helena Zigon.

      There is another interesting person from my country, who turned 101 years and was totally fit until the end of his life. I hope you don't mind if I post a link to a short presentation form CNBC:

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      bilafond lm 

      7 years ago

      awe-inspiring and stunning. This was so informative as well. Thank you for showcasing these wonderful people

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      7 years ago

      I came back to bless this lens. It's awesome and inspiring.

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      7 years ago

      I just love this lens, just goes to show that one is never too old!

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      7 years ago

      Awesome lens. Actually, in our place there's an old women still studying in college because she didn't graduate at a young age.. sometimes you can't imagine that even in that age still they can achieve what they want to achieve as long you have a determination, you can achieve it!.

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      7 years ago

      Awesome lens. Actually, in our place there's an old women still studying in college because she didn't graduate at a young age.. sometimes you can't imagine that even in that age still they can achieve what they want to achieve as long you have a determination, you can achieve it!.

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      7 years ago

      It really is amazing what some of elders have done.

      I really enjoy returning here with a BLESSING! :)

    • tricomanagement profile image


      7 years ago

      great Lens - I laughed Chazz saying that he could no longer do handstands (are you sure that he could do them before??!!) Thanks for the insight

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      7 years ago

      Love it Margo. I just wish I had the guts (to try certain things) to got with my attitude!

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      7 years ago

      Love it

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      7 years ago

      At 67 I'm just a child. But hey, stay tuned. I'm just getting started (again). Thank you for publishing this lens. I found it inspiring.

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      7 years ago

      Terrific lens. Nicely done!

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      7 years ago

      Was in the neighborhood, so returning to be inspired once again, just blessed in January but was able to take the quiz, maybe missed that before.

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      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for an inspiring lens from someone who just hi can had a milestone birthday. You really made my day and lifted my spirits (even though I found out I can no longer do handstands.) Blessed and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," my tribute to the best lenses I've found since donning my wings.

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      7 years ago

      That was very inspiring! I actually looked it up to prove to my mom that just because she's 64 doesn't mean she can't do things anymore. Thank you!

    • ViJuvenate profile image


      7 years ago

      What fun! Youth should be enjoyed by those with wisdom. Won't be long and I'll have my youth back. Looking forward to it!

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      7 years ago

      Came back to bless this lens.. happy day!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      7 years ago from Wales

      I absolutely agree

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      7 years ago

      Great work and thumbs up for you!

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      7 years ago

      beautiful article, I can see why it was awarded a purple star, I *blessed* it too!

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      I am gunning for those guys and want to top some of their achievements, not all just some!

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      7 years ago

      On an angel flight and just have to bless your seniors doing amazing things!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I love to see older people hanging in and doing what they love to do. This is a nice showcase of examples.

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      7 years ago

      This is an amazing and Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing. Great work and thumbs up for you!

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      7 years ago

    • TheGourmetCoffe profile image


      7 years ago

      Very cool lens and encouraging to see how age and doing whatever you want at 80 or 90 are not mutually exclusive as long as you have health and determination to "live life to the fullest!" It is true: you are as old as you feel...

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      sarahrk lm 

      7 years ago

      So cool. I am 68 and want to keep living!

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      sarahrk lm 

      7 years ago

      So cool. I am 68 and want to keep living!

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      7 years ago

      I don't have time to get any older.....ha-ha! Excellent Lens!

    • Northwestphotos profile image


      7 years ago

      An amazing and inspiring lens for all of us oldies!

    • privresearch profile image


      7 years ago

      Very inspirational lens! Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! thanks for sharing!

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      BrianYoungBY LM 

      7 years ago

      Very Inspiring, It makes you want to go out and live.

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      Jim Sterling 

      7 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      What a great lens, an inspiration.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice! Interesting and entertaining. LOL. Liked it!

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      8 years ago

      would love to live an inspiring life like them when I am their age. thanks for this lens.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How inspiring.

    • Lemming13 profile image


      8 years ago

      My mum is 79 and she is fitter, more active and more involved than I am! Here's to the Golden Oldies!

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      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This was so fun to read. I am currently visiting a resthome and some who live there are very old but still have a zest for life. I hope that I can live with zest and dignity when I'm 100+.

      Well deserved purple star!

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      8 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem and add it to 'Living Articles on Squidoo.' Belated congrats on your well-deserved purple star. Take good care, Rose

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      whiteskyline lm 

      8 years ago

      I love this! I once read about the natives of the Abkhazian mountains, I believe in a Deepak Chopra book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, and apparently there are a number of them well over 100 still toiling in the fields and everything else. This was some time ago that I read this, but in essence. there seemed no dietary consistencies, where some still smoked and drank past the age of 100. He attributed it to an attitude that we only become better with age, no matter what age.

      Since reading that, I have additionally read in numerous other books claims of some humans living past the age of 150 and up to 400, and additionally, in numerous sources, that we humans 'could' remain in these bodies indefinitely. Is this true? I don't know. How would we know if we walked past someone who is 400 years old. We may not. It sure is a fascinating concept though. I don't like to place limits on something like age, I simply don't know, but I do know that this lens was thrilling to me, so inspiring!

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      8 years ago

      Great lens, I would love to feature this and include you in a kipsy soap opera drama lens I am working on. I think the moment you stop growing you start dying. All living things have a beginning and ending, and finding in between this ways to receive and give shelter and nourishment is what living is all about.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens . . sometimes I feel the freshest spirits in the world are the very young and the very old because they 'don't care what the rest of the world thinks.' How freeing, really. Thanks for sharing. Oh and yes 60 IS indeed the new 40. Take good care, Rose

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      I love this lens. It reminds me that I am really not that old, and there is still a lot I can do! I still want to snorkel the great barrier reef ... that's a LONG plane ride, though!

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      8 years ago

      Age is a state of mind in my opinion!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Knowing life with a chronic illness I have to say that you are limited by your physical age rather than your cronilogical age <----Pardon the spelling please. Physical and mental health is a valuable treasure at any age and a much under appreciated commodity.

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      Linda Pogue 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      Great lens! Makes me think of my mom. In her seventies, she has earned her ham operator's license and joined with the weather watchers in her area. She is my inspiration!

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      8 years ago from Corbin, KY

      i'm getting there too

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      8 years ago

      Great lens!

    • artshock profile image


      8 years ago

      Awesome lens. I plan on being just as exuberant when I'm up there!

    • pheonix76 profile image


      8 years ago from WNY

      These stories are truly an inspiration. My grandparents are in their 80s and they are so full of wisdom and great stories. There's no limit to what older folks can accomplish! Two thumbs up. :)

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      8 years ago

      I hope I am old enough to make it to the list. Keep well!

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      8 years ago from UK

      Love this! I enjoyed reading this so much and found it very inspirational. Thank you for sharing this:)

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      Linda Hahn 

      8 years ago from California

      Excellent! Lensrolling to I'm Surprised We Don't Take Them Out Back And Shoot Them.

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      what a wonderful positive lens I love it

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks! Great to have this reminder to reach for all you can be!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! Probably they did that because that's on their list before they leave this earth.

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      8 years ago

      So touching, so positive and so brave! I am feeling more alive now.

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      Rockett LM 

      8 years ago

      This is SO very inspiring. You found some amazing examples and stories of people who are living EVERY day of their lives.

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      Bella Stella 

      8 years ago

      Really encouraging! These people can be nothing less than teachers for the youngers!

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      mattseefood lm 

      8 years ago

      Really inspiring! Definitely worth the star :0

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      8 years ago

      what a great idea for a lens & a great tribute to these people!

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      8 years ago

      I love this lens! I've always felt that chronological age is a very poor yardstick to measure people. I've known people who seem old at 40, and others who are still young in their 70s. It's about being open to new things, and accepting changes rather than allowing yourself to be defined by them. The people in this lens are an inspiration.

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      Ellen Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      Way to go, Margo!. I love your lens. At 64 I feel like 60 is the new 40.

    • DeterminedDolphin profile image


      8 years ago

      I love to see old folks showing us how we can still have fun and do sooo much more than society will lead us to believe!

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      8 years ago

      Very inspirational lens.

    • Krafick profile image


      8 years ago

      Getting old can be fun, as I've written in Brain fitness in old age, contrary to the "Help! I'm getting old." I've read in someone's lens.

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      8 years ago

      This is just astounding

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      Wedding Mom 

      8 years ago

      So very cool what we can do if we put our minds to it. congrats on the purple star.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      Sweet! Love seeing the oldest Squidooers on this list. Featured on Blessed by Tandemonimom!

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      8 years ago

      Lovely lens.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      8 years ago

      Most enjoyable and encouraging. It's true what they say: 'you don't stop playing because you grow old but you grow old because you stop playing'. Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens! Elderly people also should enjoy their lives. I think it shows a deep love of life when someone goes skydiving or obtains a college degree at the age of, say, 90. I respect them for their love of life. By the way I also tried skydiving, but I was only 17, back in 2003. It was a tandum jump.

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      8 years ago

      ps....lensrolled to my New Year Fresh Start goal lens.

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      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Age has nothing to do with what you want to do in life. I added my name to your list above.

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      8 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I am not the oldest Squidooer, but most likely the oldest who cycled from Amsterdam to Prague and back (2500 kilometers). (I retired only recently)

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      8 years ago

      It just goes to show us that we are never too old to do the things we have always wanted to do. This really is an inspiring lens Margo. ~ Time to get some things done that I want to do.

      Congratulations on the Purple Star and LOTD!

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      8 years ago

      oldest blogger? like that!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Hey, I so needed this! Thanks.

    • InnaTsv profile image


      8 years ago

      respect to those people! what a shame that today the youth is sometimes so lazy!

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      Joan Hall 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Love this!

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      8 years ago



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