These women come from many different walks of life — teachers, ants, doctors, chefs, musicians, and athletes. Yet they all have one thing very much in common. As their lives advanced past age 60, they did not retire to reminisce about their glory days.
Their most glorious achievements may be yet to come. By refusing to accept the limitations that society puts on women of a certain age, these movers and shakers have embraced their age and challenged the status quo, and they continue to inspire women around the world, proving that your passion for life and ability to contribute to society don't end when you turn There is so much more life left to live! Judith Boyd has always had a passion for fashion. During her career as a psychiatric nurse, Boyd spent her spare time visiting vintage clothing shops.
For a while she owned her own hat shop in Denver.
When her husband, Nelson, was battling a rare form of terminal cancer inBoyd launched her blog, Style Crone. It was such a devastating and painful time, and the blog was a source of levity. Now 77, Boyd has more than 56, avid followers on Instagram and connects with fashion fans around the world.
For Boyd, in addition to the relationships she has created with other enthusiasts, fashion continues to be an extension of her mindfulness and personal health. As we grow older, we become invisible, and there was no way that I was going to allow myself to become invisible. As a survivor of domestic violence, Ida escaped her abusive marriage and the East Coast to start a new life in California with her two young children. Noticing that many other Californians were physically active, Ida began exercising as a way not only to cope with her struggles, but to set an example for her children.
After a few weeks, other people noticed my body changing before I did. When Ida turned 57, she entered her first bodybuilding competition.
Now 68, in addition to being a bestselling author, life coach, and television host, she is the winner of eight national bodybuilding and figure championships and the holder of two Guinness World Records in fitness. Ida knows the struggles older women face to become fit because she has lived them herself.
You have to put one foot in front of the other. Once I started moving my body, it changed my mind. Ida emphasizes that as you get older, you have to put yourself first. Have a reward for yourself and make it fun. At age 30, Diana Nyad set a world record by swimming miles in open water from the Bahamas to Florida and became an overnight celebrity. But she was so burned out from years of training in the pool that she decided to give up swimming to pursue broadcasting. When Nyad turned 60, her mind came back to a dream that had never died.
When she was 29, she tried and failed to make the swim from Cuba to the United States. Could she battle ocean currents, box jellyfish, and even sharks to do it now? But it hit me like an existential angst. What little had I done with my life? I became choked up with how little time was left. After four failed attempts, on the fifth try, at age 64, Nyad completed the mile swim from Havana to Key West, something no other swimmer has been able to accomplish.
Now, at 71, Nyad travels the world as a public speaker, inspiring others to pursue their impossible dreams. And though she fulfilled her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida, she has decided to dream even bigger. InNyad created EverWalka walking initiative aimed to get more than 1 million Americans walking to improve their health.
The question people have to ask themselves is, what do you want to do with these last vital years of your life? You may not be a CrossFit athlete or an Ironman triathlete, but today you can walk. And tomorrow, you can walk farther.
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As an 8-year-old, the Louisiana native Janice Lennard would dance around her house so often that her mother sent her to ballet school. As an adult, when Lennard moved to California, she never stopped dancing, continuing to study alongside the Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov and the legendary Hollywood actress and dancer Cyd Charisse. Later in life, a curiosity about other forms of movement inspired Lennard to take yoga and Pilates classes. After several years of practice, she was ready to help others learn.
Now 76, whether it is yoga, dance, or Pilates, Lennard teaches six days a week throughout Palm Springs, California. You do what you can do. Eventually, you will catch up to everyone else. I never believed in pushing people into yoga positions. Everything good that comes from this just takes a little bit of time.
For over four decades, Alice Waters has been at the forefront of the sustainable agriculture movement. As the executive chef, founder, and owner of the restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, Waters changes her menu daily, focusing on seasonal courses that feature organic ingredients.
When she opened the restaurant, inWaters began to create a network of local farmers so that she could use only the most local ingredients. A proponent of the slow food movementthe year-old Waters continues to well educating people about the importance of organic food a priority, especially when it comes to children.
With the Edible Schoolyard ProjectWaters works to make healthy school lunches available to all students in her community. Every day, Esther Perel embraces life. Her mother and father were both the sole survivors of their respective families from Nazi concentration camps. I owe them much of my perspective on life, as well as my belief in the power of will, the search for meaning, and the resilience of the human spirit. As a psychotherapist and bestselling author, year-old Perel helps people around the woman gain better understanding of their most intimate relationships.
In my work as a therapist, I see despair, entrenched patterns, loneliness in the presence of another, contempt, violence, lack of any physical touch; so many couples come to me way mature their due date. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Louise Cooper has spent a lifetime erasing boundaries in her mind. She is an ultramarathon runner and Eco-Challenge competitor, and she has built the highest summit on each of four different continents.
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At age 66, Cooper continues to teach kindergartners, and is the chief inspiration officer of Project Athenaan organization that helps women who have had medical setbacks get on their feet again. We saw how sports and having a goal really helped with the healing process. We train them, we coach them, and we give them a team experience. Doctors heal your body, but we try to heal your soul.
If people are willing to step out of their comfort zone, there is a world out there that is life changing.
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She is the niece of the U. Kennedy and U. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was the driving force behind the formation of the Peace Corps. For seven years, she served as First Lady of the State of California, working on behalf of families who were living in poverty.
Make it count. For more than forty-five years, Bonnie Raitt has been entertaining audiences with her unique mix of blues, folk, rock, and country music. At age 69, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer continues to tour the country, playing hits from her 20 albums. Once vulnerable to an alcohol addictionwhich troubles so many rock stars, Raitt gave up alcohol in the late s, and began to discover her greatest commercial success as an artist.
Throughout her career, she has also been a dedicated political activist, championing many environmental causes for four decades as a founding member of MUSE Musicians United for Safe Energy. Raitt often provides tickets for her shows to local nonprofit organizations that work on issues related to environmental protection and social justice.
As a physician, scientist, and expert in preventive and integrative medicinePam Peeke has been at the forefront of educating people on how their diet and activity can help them lead long and vital lives. Their bodies tested to be similar to someone 25 years younger. So if you want to whack a quarter century off your age, fitness and a healthy lifestyle is a great way to do it. As a Pew Foundation scholar in nutrition and metabolism and as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, Peeke travels around the country trying to help people better understand the science behind living well in your later years.
Her main message?
Life got in the way. They were raising children, holding down jobs. Now in their fifties and sixties, they are finding time to concentrate on themselves. The benefits of doing it are exquisite. After her two sons were murdered two years and eight months apart, Ida Keeling fell into a deep depression. At age 67, with the encouragement of her daughter, she started running.
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After her first 5K race, tired but thrilled to have finished, she continued racing. Nowshe still sets world records for her age group in the meter and meter races when she competes.
There's nothing wrong with you. Keeling says she gets tired a bit more quickly these days. If things or people in my life are not working outI cut them loose. I think people must do what they need to do, not what they want to do.