50 + Weekly News: Senior Olympic Champion, Cancer Patient Completes Triathlon, Oldest Facebook User

August 31, 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.

Cancer Patient Successfully Completes Triatholon

Photo by Micheal Foley

Photo by Micheal Foley

50-year-old Sindy Hooper completed the Subaru Ironman Canada, despite being in the middle of chemotherapy and missing half her pancreas and stomach.

She completed the 3.8-kilometre swim, 180-km bicycle ride, and 42.2-km run in 16 hours and 24 minutes with her husband by her side.

She had signed up for the event before her pancreatic cancer diagnosis and decided to try anyways. Along the way she raised $20,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

98-Year-Old Senior Olympics Champion

Despite sore knees and tennis elbow, 98-year-old Jim Kales won 6 medals in the Senior Olympics in long jump, javelin, triple jump, shot put and tennis. He didn’t start competing until he was 90 and trains by dancing up to 5 times a week, playing tennis 6 days a week and bowling.

Oldest Facebook User Gets Surprise

Edythe Kirchmaier holds two records. She is California’s oldest driver at age 105 and has a perfect driving record. She is also Facebook’s oldest registered user. In fact, they didn’t even recognize her birth year of 1908 and had to recode their system.

Recently car trouble prevented her from being able to volunteer with the Direct Relief Charity like she has for the last 40 years. An anonymous donor donated a new car in order for her to continue her volunteer work.

Photo by liz west

Photo by liz west

A Letter From Fred

Don’t watch this video without some tissues nearby. After recently losing his wife, a 96-year-old man wrote a song and sent it into a radio contest.

Although he was supposed to submit the song as a music video on YouTube, he instead sent the lyrics by mail. The radio station was so touched by the song that they decided to record the song with professional singers.

“Oh Sweet Loraine” is dedicated to his partner of 75 years, who was the prettiest girl he ever saw.

 

Unemployed

Photo by James Lee

Older Unemployed Struggle To Find Jobs

A recent NY Times article details the troubles older, unemployed workers have finding jobs.

According to recent statistics, the re-employment rate for 55-64 year olds is 47 percent, and 24 percent for those aged over 65. For those aged 20-54 years, it is 62 percent. Finding another job also takes twice as longer for those aged older, as compared to their younger counterparts.

According to Mr. Seigel of the Labor Department, “It’s easier for younger workers to bounce back…They don’t have many financial obligations. Older workers are supporting families; they may be supporting parents. They can’t afford to spend two years going back for a degree to retrain.”

 

Celebrity Birthdays

Photo by Stuart Crawford

Photo by Stuart Crawford

August 25: Sir Sean Connery celebrated his 83rd Birthday.Connery is best known for playing the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.

August 25: Happy 52nd Birthday to Billy Ray Cyrus!

Sister Theresa

Photo by Túrelio

August 26 would have been Sister Teresa’s 103rd birthday. Despite her poor health in later years, she continued to help the poor and the hungry well into her 80s.

August 31: Happy 64th Birthday to Richard Gere. He continues to act and is a dedicated activist for human rights in Tibet, AIDS awareness, and ecological causes.

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