There’s been a change in the air recently on the subject of what it means to grow old. Long gone are the attitudes of doctors who suggest slowing down as people reach mid their 30’s. Having to ‘act your age’ is a societal demand that’s being put to the test and is loosing, horribly. The major culprit in this shift is surprisingly a social media channel! Pinterest, an online service that allows you to share images through social networking has turned the stereotypes of aging on its ear!
Growing old has never been on anyone’s bucket list. People fight age. People fight time. Have you ever asked a child what they want to be when they grow up? The child will usually give you an answer like doctor, lawyer, video game designer, or even professional video game player. You can be pretty the answer will never be, ‘old’.
Because old wasn’t cool, till now. Now tattoos, grey hair with purple tints, body building Granddads, and stunning yoga GrandMums are showing the world that you’re just beginning to live at 50!
Here are some seriously savvy seniors who have taken Pinterest (and the world) by storm!
Age: 98 Passion: Yoga If you’re looking for evidence of yoga’s physical and mental benefits, we found it. Just look at Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga teacher who’s still overflowing with youthful exuberance. She started practicing more than 70 years ago while growing up in India. Before that, she was an actress, screenplay and documentary writer. Her personal mantra: “There is nothing you cannot do.” And from the looks of it, she’s practicing what she preaches. She founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982, collaborated with renowned yogi, Tara Stiles, on a yoga DVD and still holds workshops around the world.
Pat Gallant-Charette Age: 65 Passion: Marathon Swimming A retired nurse, grandmother and former self-described “spectator mom” from Maine, Pat Gallant-Charette has excelled at open water swimming since she took up the sport more than 15 years ago. Though she had no prior experience, Gallant-Charette began training when she wanted to compete in a local Maine ocean swim in honor of her younger brother who passed away from a heart attack. She’s now on her way to becoming the seventh finisher ever (not to mention the oldest!) of the Oceans Seven. To do so, you have to complete seven of the most challenging and longest open-water swims in the world. With only three swims to go, she was thwarted in January 2014 when, after 10 hours of swimming, intense tidal flows close to the coast of New Zealand prevented her from completing the Cook Strait. “I could have thrown in the towel, but it actually strengthened my resolve,” she says.
Paul Tetrick Age: 85 Passion: Cycling “Fast wheels are timeless, and so is my Grampy,” writes Alison Tetrick, a 31-year-old professional cyclist on the Cylance Pro Cycling. Her grampy is none other than Paul Tetrick. Paul has won more than 12 USA Cycling Time Trial Championships, a road bicycle race where cyclists battle the clock instead of racing at the same time as their competitors. In October 2013, both Tetricks had the opportunity to ride against each another in the Paula Higgins Memorial Record Challenge Time Trial. Paul confessed to Zipp News that he was afraid his granddaughter, who started 10 minutes behind him, might catch up. Though Alison won gold in the 40K event, she didn’t catch her speedy grandfather, who crushed his previous time trial record of 34:37.5 in the 20K race.
Jacinto Bonilla Age: 77 Passion: CrossFit Not many 77-year olds crank out Crossfit WODs and have one named after them, but Jacinto Bonilla does. The “Jacinto Storm,” a WOD created on Bonilla’s 69 th birthday, consists of 69 squats, 69 wall balls, 69 pull-ups, 69 push-ups, 69 kettlebell swings, and 69 deadlifts (using 95 pounds). The catch? Another rep of each exercise is added every year, meaning it’s due to increase to 78 reps next July. “Every year my friends are like, ‘When are you going to cap this?’ and I say if I live until 100 there’s going to be 100 reps,” chuckles Bonilla. Since August 2006 when he saw an article about the sport in Men’s Health, Bonilla has trained, coached and competed in Crossfit, a high-intensity workout program consisting of constantly varying functional movements. Though he got sidelined briefly while surviving and recovering from prostate cancer in 2008, he’s proven to be a formidable competitor in the Crossfit Games. A three-time competitor, he’s the oldest person to ever participate in the Games.
Linda Wright Age: 69 Passion: Fashion Trend-Setting This incredible fashionista has caught the attention of the creators of ‘What Not to Wear’. Here’s what they wrote about her: Wright is a true American in Paris. Born in Texas, the 69-year-old has called Paris home since 1978. She’s the owner of Crimson Cashmere, a boutique in the city, and she’s also taken to blogging and sharing her cool sense of style on Instagram. Linda has a knack for styling of-the-moment pieces (like killer Gucci loafers) in a way that feels especially timeless. Wright says about herself: “I want to think I am perceived as feminine,” she tells us, “while my attitude toward daily dressing is more masculine-feminine.” Although she shies away from using the word “style” when describing her outfits of choice, there is a narrative that connects each of her outfits. “Over the years, I have gravitated to a more pared-down look,” she says. And while she notes that she tries to stay away from anything too designer- heavy, “I continually have a desire to update my wardrobe with something new each season. Aside from the fact that I am passionate about fashion, my own business depends on it. My little boutique in the heart of Paris is a go-to destination when seeking basics in quality cashmere since its opening in 1984. However, it is imperative that the silhouettes stay updated. We are talking evolution and not revolution. I shall leave that area to the creative designers of the world. They have true talent, and I just have an idea. “
Do you know a fabulous senior who’s redefining the word, ‘old’? We’d love to hear about them and may even feature this person in one of our blogs!
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