Feeling bad about getting older. Don’t! These 7 superstar oldies but goodies prove that you can accomplish your dreams and overcome obstacles no matter what you’re age. As Sophia Loren once put it, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Read on to hear about these 7 truly inspiring stories.
At the age of 5 his Father died. At the age of 16 he quit school. He had already lost four jobs at the age of 17. At age 18 he got married, joined the army and washed out there. At the age of 20 his wife left him and took their baby. He became a cook in a small cafe and convinced his wife to return home. At the age of 65 he retired, felt like a failure and decided to commit suicide. He sat writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life and thought about how good of a cook he was. So he borrowed $87 fried up some chicken using his recipe, went door to door to sell. At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.
Retired British dental surgeon Charles Eugster is one of the most remarkable sportsmen of all time. He rekindled a love of competitive rowing he’d neglected for most of his adult life at the ripe old age of 63. If that wasn’t impressive enough he then took up bodybuilding at the age of 87. And at the age of 95 he started sprinting for the first time in his life, becoming World Champion at the 200 metre indoor and 400 metre outdoor. He is a world record holder for his age group in a number of sports, and has 40 Gold Medals for World Masters Rowing. Charles is also a published author, medic, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
THE POP STAR
Smoky Dawson, was an Australian country music performer who at the age 92 years and 156 days released a collection of original songs in an album entitled “Homestead of My Dreams” making him the oldest person ever to release a new album. Dawson’s achievements are extensive and his contribution to music has won him a wide range of awards. Through his high-rating syndicated radio and television appearances, comic books and songs he created the persona of a happy-go-lucky singing cowboy. He continued to perform and march in annual ANZAC day ceremonies right up to his death a month shy of his 95th birthday.
Our cover star Priscilla Presley is an American actress, business woman, mother and grandmother. She is the former wife of singer Elvis Presley as well as co-founder and former chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the company that turned Graceland into one of the top tourist attractions in the US. Priscilla also happens to be 72 years old and doesn’t in our opinion doesn’t look a day over 50. She has admitted to a bit of help to achieve her striking appearance but her flawless looks are testament to all women who are worried about growing old – you can (with the right budget!) look this good.
THE THRILL SEEKER
Bungee Jumping is one of the most intense things you can do to feed your adrenaline rush addiction. Young people tremble at the thought of tackling this death defying feat. And so did 96-year-old Mohr Keet but he still took the plunge and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest bungee jumper ever. As if that’s not enough, Mohr jumped from South Africa’s Western Cape which is one of the largest bungees in the world with a 708ft drop. The World War II veteran, who spent three years in prisoner of war camp in Germany, said, “I believe you just have to do things and live life to the full.”
Daljinder Kaur, a 70-year-old woman from India, welcomed her son into the world after two years of IVF treatment with her 79-year-old husband. Baby Armaan was born on 19 April 2016, weighing 4.4 lbs according to the National Fertility and Test Tube centre. The couple from Amritsar completed IVF in Haryana, to the north of the country in 2014, after Kaur started to lose hope of ever conceiving naturally. While it’s not advisable for women as old as grandmothers to be giving birth, her plight can give hope to women over a certain age of conceiving and having children.
THE ALL ROUNDER
At 93, Phyllis Sues does yoga, headstands, plays tennis, does gymnastics and still loves to dance the tango. She also loves swinging on the trapeze and jumping out of planes. The brazen New Yorker had a long career in ballet and dance from a young age and decided there was no reason why she couldn’t continue her very gymnastic, flexible pursuits well into her golden years. Phyllis has also remarkably taught and build a business around her love of the tango, and still sells DVD and does classes – proving that age really is just a number.