50+ Weekly News: High School Diploma At 99 Years Old, 50+ Emmy Winners, Active Aging Week

September 28, 2013

We continually find examples of people over 50 doing extraordinary things. Some people are breaking Guiness World Records, others are quietly starting new companies, continuing to compete in sports or taking up new hobbies. We share these stories to inspire you to make the most out of your 2nd half of life. We also find relevant articles on travel, retirement, and health to share.

We share these stories and other relevant news on our Facebook and Twitter accounts daily and have compiled the stories from the last week in the following article.

Senior GraduateIt’s Never Too Late!

“I feel so much Smarter”, announced 99 year old Audrey Crabtree  after receiving an honorary diploma for her time at Waterloo East High School. Even with having only one credit remaining, Crabtree had to drop out of high school due to a swimming injury, and her grandmother’s need for care at home.

Despite Crabtree’s professional and family success, her one regret was not finishing high school. She voiced her regret to her granddaughter, Shelley Hoffman, who ended up contacting Waterloo Community School to help arrange the diploma ceremony. Crabtree says, “I wouldn’t advise anyone to drop out, I just have to say in my life the Lord has been so good.”

Banned Books Week

Did you know that September 22-28,2013 is Banned Books Week? The week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, and highlights the value of free and open access to information.

 

Active Aging Weekwalking

September 22-28 of 2013 is Active Aging Week which is, “an opportunity to promote and publicize the efforts of motivated organizations to reach older adults with the key messages of staying active, healthy and engaged.” The theme for 2013 is “Discover Your Community”, which is aware of the important role that older adults play in all types of communities, such as vocational, geographical or cultural.

Active aging weeks are planned locally, and are delivered in a fun, educational and non-pressure atmosphere and are free to those who participate ! Activates may include;  joining children or other groups on nature walks, adding a trash pickup to a routine recreational walk, fostering social interaction within the community through games or special activities, adding extra appeal to existing crafts or cultural groups, and/or holding open houses for the community.

50+ Emmy Winners

The 65th Primetime Emmys award ceremony was held on Sunday, Sept 22nd and there were a number of wins from 50+ actors and directors. Ellen Burstyn thanked writers “”who had the guts to write a woman over 65 who still had a lot of juice.”

Photo by David Shankbone

Photo by David Shankbone

Jeff Daniels, 58, had a surprise win over Bryan Cranston, 57, for his lead role in The Newsroom.

Veep star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 52, won an Emmy for her lead role in a comedy series.

77-year-old, James Cromwell was recognized as the best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in American Horror Story: Asylum.

The Emmy for best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie was awarded to Ellen Burstyn, 80, for her role in Political Animals

Steven Soderbergh, 50, won for directing Behind The Candelabra.

69-year-old Michael Douglas won an Emmy for his lead role in Behind The Candelabra.

Celebrity Birthdays

Photo by Canadian Film Centre/Jesse Grant/WireImage

Photo by Canadian Film Centre/Jesse Grant/WireImage

Happy Birthday to Nia Vardolas who turned 51 on September 24. She wrote and starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding which was the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time.

Happy  Birthday to Mythbuster’s co-host Jamie Hyneman who turned 57 on September 25.

Happy 84th Birthday to Barbara Walters on September 25!  Did you know she was the first female co-anchor of any network evening news and plans to retire next summer.

Photo by Joella Marano

Photo by Joella Marano

Happy  Birthday to Michael Douglas who turned 69 on September 25. Just days ago, he got an early birthday surprise when he won an Emmy for his lead role in Behind The Candelabra.

Happy 62nd Birthday to Mark Hamill on September 25, who is best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Do you remember watching Star Wars when it was first released in 1977?

Happy Birthday to Olivia Newton-John who turned 65 on September 26. She is best known for her role as “Sandy” in the musical film Grease. She is also known to have battled breast cancer in the 1990s, and through her music she helped raise awareness.

 

 

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