50+ Weekly News: The Groundpounders Finish Marathon, Sharon Stone Receives Award

November 3, 2013

We continually find examples of people over 50 doing extraordinary things. Some people are breaking Guinness 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.

Photo by by Elvert Barnes

Photo by by Elvert Barnes

The “Groundpounders” Did It!

All four men known as the “Groundpounders” finished their 38th consecutive Marine Corps Marathon. The men who range in age from 67-75 are the only four people who have run every single Marine Corps Marathon and they plan on returning next year to continue their record.

Al Richmond 74, was the first to finish out of the four with a finishing time of 5:52.57.  He told Runners World that, “It was a perfect day…I didn’t push it”. He also said that he was surprised by how good he felt after the race! In talking about next year’s race, Matt Jaffe, 72 said to Runners World with a laugh, “The only thing that will keep me (from next year’s race) is death!

Paralympic Athlete Uses Disability to his Advantage with Innovative Halloween Costumes

Josh Sundquist, cancer survivor, Paralympic ski racer and motivational speaker is also a master of Halloween costumes. He says,  “My Halloween costumes are just metaphors for this idea that some of the negative circumstances that are happening to you, that have happened to you, may occasionally lead to unexpectedly positive outcomes.”

Some of his innovative costumes include; the gingerbread man from the movie Shrek, with his one leg bitten off,  the famous “leg lamp” from the movie A Christmas Story,  and one of his most spectacular costumes is a flamingo with a twist as his foot serves as the beak of the bird while he balances on his canes!

Sharon Stone Awarded Nobel Peace Summit Prize

Photo by Siebbi

Photo by Siebbi

Congratulations to Sharon Stone who was awarded the Nobel Peace Summit Prize by the Dalai Lama. The 55-year-old actress was recognized “for her activities that brought solidarity and new hope to the millions of people who have fought and are fighting against the tragedy of HIV/AIDS”.

Stone paid tribute to the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, who happened to be the first in Hollywood to ever take up the cause in the 1980s. She said that if it wasn’t for Taylor, “we would still be saying the word AIDs in a whisper, as if it was a secret.”

Too Much Time Online Has Dire Consequences

For every minute that is spent lazing on the computer, Americans spend approximately sixteen fewer seconds working, seven fewer seconds sleeping,  six fewer seconds traveling, four fewer seconds doing household chores, and three fewer seconds educating themselves.

These troubling facts were found by Scott Wallsten in a new research study , which attempted to show what Americans are missing out on when they spend too much time online.  The amount of time that people spend on the computer for their “leisure time” has increased over the last few years. One of the biggest impacts of this increased time online is the decrease in offline socializing, which has been cut by almost 5 minutes between the years 2003-2011.
Photo by Terence I.s.m

Photo by Terence I.s.m

Doctor’s Orders!

A new study says men need a minimum of two guys’ nights a week to maintain good health. Those benefits, in addition to general health, include faster recovery times when faced with illnesses and higher levels of generosity. Researchers recommend a very specific prescription for “guys’ night” including that “Men must physically meet with four friends twice a week to reap the benefits of male friendship”.

Researchers also recommend that men “do stuff” while they socialize. They say, “in addition to drinking beer and laughing together, men should try to play team sports”. Guinness, the makers of worldwide famous beer, commissioned the study, not surprisingly it recommends the benefits of drinking a pint or two with the boys!

Halloween Costume Ideas
At Impowerage, we believe you’re never too old to dress up, and some costume ideas get even easier as you get older! We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas for Halloween costumes on our Pinterest board. Although Halloween is officially over this year, it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s costume!

Celebrity Birthdays

Photo by Paul Boxley

Photo by Paul Boxley

Happy 74th Birthday to John Cleese on October 27. Comedian John Cleese is most famous for his work with the comedy group Monty Python, and for the popular British television series Fawlty Towers.

Happy 58th Birthday to Bill Gates on October 28. He has partly retired from Microsoft and focuses his attention on philanthropy. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world. They have already given over $28 billion to charity and plan to eventually donate 95% of their wealth to charity.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned 75 on October 29. She is the current president of Liberia and is the first elected female Ellen Johnson Sirleafhead of state in Africa. 

In 2011, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Happy 65th Birthday to Kate Jackson on October 29! She is best known for her role on Charlie’s Angels and is a breast cancer survivor.

Happy 68th Birthday to Henry Winkler on October 30! He is best known for playing “The Fonz” in Happy Days. In 2011, Winkler was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK.

gary playerHappy 78th Birthday to Gary Player (Aka. Mr. Fitness) on November 1. Remarkably he is predicted to make more this year alone than the $14 million he earned in his 60-year golf career. The money will come from his golf design business, sponsorships and licensing deals and real estate. He recently posed nude for ESPN and maintains a strict exercise routine he started in his teens. “Self care is health care,” he says. “You’ve got to keep moving.”
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