Aging

#998 Grandma Betty’s rise to stardom

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The photo above is Zach’s favourite, of Grandma Betty doing her duck face while giving the peace sign. Grandma Betty may be battling cancer, but the 80-year-old is going out in style, thanks to her great-grandson’s decision to post photos…

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#986 Aging adventurers take to the open road

Road Scholars hiking in Glacier National Park

Who can resist a name like Road Scholar for a travel program designed for aging adventurers? Elderhostel has been around for a long time, but somehow I had missed its morphing into Road Scholar. That is a much more inspiring…

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#953 Record-breaking track star at 95

Olga Kotelko

Fascinated by a 93-year-old athlete with 23 world records in track and field, Bruce Grierson set out to find out What Makes Olga Run?. He wanted to know everything about her—her diet and sleep habits, her personality traits, what drives…

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#943 Soup’s always on at NANA’s

Volunteers at the NANA cafe

Remembering my Aunt Grace’s kitchen always brings on a wave of nostalgia. Gourmet was not on the menu, but good ingredients, prepared with love, went into every dish on her bountiful table. Anyone who showed up unannounced was offered a…

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#937 Seniors ham it up to Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop hit

Waverly Mansion residents

Residents of the Waverly Mansion in London, Ontario are not settling for a boring stay in an assisted-living facility. With the urging of their recreation co-ordinator, Sarah Urquhart, the oldsters are becoming a YouTube sensation. Urquhart had no idea her…

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#909 Kids making the age pie bigger

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When Revera* partnered with Reel Youth** on an intergenerational project, Age Is More, they were trying to combat a form of social prejudice that is cruelly prevalent and widely tolerated: ageism. The 2012 Revera Report on Ageism revealed some disturbing…

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#895 Janey Cutler had no regrets

Janey Cutler on Britain's Got Talent

Janey Cutler was 80 years old when she stepped onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) and knocked the socks off the judges. The Glaswegian great-grandmother had been entertaining in local pubs and clubs since raising her seven children.…

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