Weekly 50+ News: Oldest Female Sailor, Benefits Of Running, Martha Stewart’s Book

July 13, 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.

Photo by H. Michael Arrighi

Photo by H. Michael Arrighi

Oldest Female Sailor to Sail Around the World Solo

70-year-old Jeanne Socrates left the Victoria Harbour in October 2012 and just returned this week, making her the oldest female sailor to sail around the world solo.

This grandmother and retired teacher raised money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care, a British program that provides free home nursing for terminally ill cancer patients.

Socrates had made two previous attempts to sail solo, non-stop around the world, but both were unsuccessful. Not only was this attempt successful, but she arrived several days prior to her anticipated arrival date.

Nine Surprising Ways Running Helps Your Body

Photo by Walker

Photo by Walker

Most of us are aware that running is healthy, but are we aware of all the benefits?  Running increases cartilage production,  increases hearing, eases anxiety, lowers your risk of cancer and improves cognitive function.


Happy Birthday to Sliced Bread
85 years ago, Missouri’s Chillicothe Baking Company made history by selling the first wrapped package of sliced bread in history.  Although its the “greatest thing” now, bakeries did not catch on right away, and sales were quite slow at the start. Bakeries were skeptical about the public’s acceptance of pre sliced bread, and didn’t think people would really buy bread that would get stale faster, just so they wouldn’t have to slice it themselves. To their surprise, pre sliced bread went national when Wonder introduced it to the country in 1930.
Photo by Buttontree Lane

Photo by Buttontree Lane

Martha Stewart

Would you take aging advice from Martha Stewart? Her newest book, Living the Good Long Life is a practical guide to taking care of yourself and others through her 10 golden rules. We have to admit she looks amazing at age 71 and must be doing something right!


Celebrity Birthdays

July 8th–  Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon who turned 55 on July 8. Kevin is an American film and theater actor and musician whose notable roles include National Lampoon’s Animal House, Diner, Footloose, Flatliners, Wild Things, A Few Good Men, and many more.

July 8th- Happy Birthday to Anjelica Huston who turned 62 on July 8. Anjelica Huston is an American actress. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, for her performance in 1985’s Prizzi’s Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston.

Photo by David Shankbone

Anjelica Hutson by David Shankbone

July 9th– Happy Birthday to Tom Hanks who turned 57 on July 9th. He’s only the 2nd actor to ever win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for his roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Other notable roles include Big, Green Mile, You’ve Got Mail, Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Cast Away, and Voicing Sheriff  Woody in the Toy Story movies.

Sela Ward by Greg Hernandez

Sela Ward by Greg Hernandez

July 11th- Happy 57th Birthday to Sela Ward. After she was turned down as a Bond girl for being too “old” in her late 30s she produced a documentary about our obsession with youth and its effect on women called The Changing Face of Beauty.

July 12th- Happy 76 Birthday to Bill Cosby! In Addition to starring in The Cosby Show, the highest ranking sitcom of all time, he also has a PhD in education.

 July 12- Happy 65th Birthday to Fitness Enthusiast  Richard Simmons. He claims to have helped people lose over 12,000,000 pounds over his 35 year fitness career.

Richard Simmons by Angela George

Richard Simmons by Angela George

July 13th–  Happy Birthday to Patrick Stewart who turned 73 on July 13th. He is well known for his roles on Star Trek and X-Men and is also an accomplished stage actor.

July 13th- Happy 71st Birthday to Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford is an American film actor and producer. He is famous for his performances as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series.




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