Weekly 50+ News: Cycling Record at 100, Restarting After 50, 85-year-old Graduate

July 6, 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.

100 Year Old Sets Cycling Record

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Robert Marchand celebrated his 100th birthday by cycling 24.25km in an hour and setting a world record in the process. This despite being short on training and limiting himself to rides under 100km. When asked why he decided to do the ride he said, ‘ I just wanted to do something for my 100th birthday.”  Marchand’s secret to his health and fitness level is looking after himself, he said, ” I never abused anything. I don’t smoke, I never drank much. The only thing I did in excess was work.”

How to Live to 100 and Thrive While Doing So

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It is predicted that someone already alive will live to 150. Scientists today are investigating ways to delay the process that leads to cell breakdown and death.   Approximately 25 per cent of a person’s lifespan is related to genetics, and the rest is determined by a person’s behavior and lifestyle in addition to the environment that they live in. As individuals we can optimize our chances of living longer and a more enjoyable life. Learn 12 strategies to live a longer and healthier life.

How to Hit Restart After Age 50

Diane Gilman overcame an abusive childhood, the loss of her partner at 50 and the resulting decade of depression to launch a hugely successful, $120 million dollar company selling jeans designed to flatter women over 40. Diane shares her three golden rules that helped her to jump start the second half of her life. She says, “You need to believe in yourself and trust in your ability to create your own reality”.

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Photo by reneir0492

Embracing the Japanese Approach to Aging

Japan is the world’s “oldest” country, with 21 percent of its population over age 65, compared with 13 percent in the United States. Researchers have speculated that lifestyle heavily influences the exceptional life expectancy of the Japanese, including the idea of life purpose, or ‘ikigai.’ Ikigai is the belief that ones life is worth living, and it guides the Japanese in what they do each day, from exercise to social engagement to productive contributions and engagement with their families and society.

Its Never Too Late To Learn

 Willadene Zedan started college at age 71 after the death of her husband. Now 85, she is graduating with a degree in theology and a new job. She originally started college to keep her mind alert and will now encourage others to be as physically and mentally active as their situation allowed.

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy  Birthday to Ricky Gervais, who turned 52 on June 25th. He is well known for creating and starring in The Office.

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Ricky Gervais. Photo by Thomas Atilla Lewis

Happy Birthday to George Michael who turned 50 on June 25th. George  is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

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Vera Wang. Photo by David Shankbone

Happy  Birthday to Vera Wang who turned 64 on June 27th.  Although she is well known for her designer dresses, she didn’t open her first boutique until she was 40. She was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Council of Fashion Designers

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