50+ Weekly Post: Blind Daredevil, Disabled Climber Defies All Odds, Annie Lennox Receives Award

November 10, 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 second 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.

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Photo by niiicedave

72- Year Old Climber Defies All Odds

After a tragic train accident, Norman Croucher was left without legs, however, this loss never stopped him from enjoying his passion for mountaineering. He went on to climb mountains from all around the world, proving that his disability was not a disadvantage.

In fact, Croucher believes that not having his legs has actually served as an advantage in his climbing. He said to Daily Mail, that ” Because there’s less of me, and I have a shorter blood circuit, I oxygenate better…So I may be slower on the lower mountain but then among the first party at the top.” He also said, “Because there’s less body surface to lose heat from, I keep warmer as well so often I’m more comfortable than the others”.

Now, at the age of 72, Croucher was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer, however, this too will not stop him from enjoying his passion for climbing. In fact, Croucher plans to climb 30,000 feet next year to raise money for charity. He told Daily Mail, “Climbing is an addiction. I say, life’s like a muscle and if you don’t stretch it, it’ll waste away, and climbing for me is like stretching the muscle of life”.

He was recently awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), for his work promoting adventurous sports for disabled people.

52- Year Old Blind Daredevil

Being totally blind has proven not to be a hindrance to 52-year-old daredevil, Mike Newman. He has just broken the blind water speed world record by traveling at more than 93 mph in a speedboat. His latest record-breaking attempt means Newman is the first man to hold the blind speed records for land, sea and air.

He lost his sight at 8 due to childhood glaucoma, but only got into high speed activities in his 40s. His exploits help raise awareness and money for charities. In talking to CNN about his motivation, Newman said, “Being blind doesn’t stop me doing things. I don’t really think about being a role model or if I’ve broken down barriers. I’m just doing this to help other people in life”.

Honorary Award to Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox on the right. Photo by DFID

Annie Lennox on the right. Photo by DFID

Congratulations to Annie Lennox who was honoured in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British music and her charity work with the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award. The 58-year-old Eurythmics star is an HIV and AIDS activist and supporter of women’s rights.

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy 56th Birthday to Dolph Lundgren on November 3rd. He is well known for his role as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV and recently appeared in The Expendables 2.

Bodybuilding.com said “looking like a man in his 30’s rather than his 50’s, Lundgren is the poster boy of precise nutrition, supplementation and exercise application that he has practiced for over 35 years”.

Photo by Leah Mark

– Photo by Leah Mark

Happy 61st Birthday to Roseanne on November 3rd. Since partially retiring from acting, she has been running a 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, and ran for candidacy for president in 2012.

-Happy 88th Birthday to Doris Roberts on November 4th . Her career began over 50 years ago and she is best known for playing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.

-Happy 54th Birthday to Bryan Adams on November 5th! He became a father for the 2nd time earlier this year and continues to sing, tour, raise money for charities and work as a photographer.

Photo by Marco Maas

Photo by Marco Maas


-Happy 67th Birthday to Sally Field on November 6th. The award-winning actress has appeared in Gidget, Sybil, The Flying Nun, Norma Rae, Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump, Brothers & Sisters, and Lincoln. After being diagnosed with osteoporosis she raised awareness with the “Rally With Sally For Bone Health” campaign.

Photo by Kelly Huston

Photo by Kelly Huston



-Happy 58th Birthday to Maria Shriver on November 7th. She is best known for being the first lady of California during her marriage to Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is a part of the Kennedy family, and was an NBC journalist for many years. Shriver is also an author to six best-selling books.

-Happy 70th Birthday to Joni Mitchell on November 7th. Did you know that in addition to singing on her records, she is the sole record producer on most of her albums and she designed her own album artwork?

-Happy 64th Birthday to Bonnie Raitt on November 8th. One of her hit songs is, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
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