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Age Is Just A Number

Older people paintOn Older People’s Day, we want to champion achievement as we age. Many assume that our greatest success happens in our youth but these incredible accomplishments prove that age is just a number.

Publishing novels

J. R. R. Tolkien published the first volume of his famous epic fantasy series, “The Lord of the Rings” when he was 62-years-old. The book is thought to be one of the best-selling novels of all time, with over 150 million copies sold worldwide. The oldest recorded author was Louise Delany who published The Delany Sister’s Book of Everyday Wishom when she was 105-years-old in October 1994.

Winning medals

Oscar Swahn, oldest Olympic medalistYouth may be associated with sport but this bucks the trend. Oscar Swahn won Silver at the Antwerp Olympics in 1920 aged 72 for shooting. He won his first gold medal at the 1908 Olympic Games in London and collected three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in his career.

Performing gymnastics

At 86, Johanna Quaas from Germany was a regular competitor in amateur gymnastics competitions in Germany when her World Record as oldest gymnast was certified in 2012.

Graduating from university

Shigemi Hirata graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan aged 96. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in March 2016.

Lucky in love

Age is nothing when it comes to love! The oldest recorded bride, Minnie Munro, married Dudley Reid, 83, at the age of 102-years-old at Point Clare in Australia in 1991 while Harry Stevens is recorded as the oldest bridegroom when he married Thelma Lucas, 84, when he was aged 103 in Wisconsin, USA.

Posted by Sarah Key at 00:00 Saturday, 01 October 2016.

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