|"Thunderstorm" painting by Grandma Moses (1948 - at 88 years).|
- My friend Mel started running triathlons shortly before his 60th birthday.
- My cousin Len began studying Punjabi at 77 so he could talk to his neighbours.
- Lucille Broderson wrote her first poem at 60 and had her first poem published, in Poetry Magazine, at 73. At 95 she's still feisty, writing and publishing her prize-winning poems. Here she is reading poetry in her home city of Minneapolis Minnesota
- At 95 Nola Hill Ochs is one of the the oldest people ever to graduate from college. She graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas in 2007 after a career as a student that spanned 33 years (she first enrolled in a correspondence course in 1930). A CBS interview of her shows her with her granddaughter, who graduated with her.
Nola Ochs: "There's a great satisfaction in finishing what you start."
- Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson: September 1860 - December 1961) took up painting at 76, after her arthritis made it too painful to carry on stitching the embroidery pictures she loved to create. In 1938 art collector Louis Caldor discovered her work. An Encyclopedia of World Biography article about her talks about her meteoric rise to fame: Her first one-woman show was held in New York City in 1940 and immediately she became famous. Her second one-woman show, also in New York City, came two years later. By 1943 there was an overwhelming demand for her pictures, partially because her homespun, country scenes brought about wonderful feelings and memories for many people. (See more of her paintings here.)
|"Quilting Bee" by Grandma Moses (1950 - at 90 years)|
All that to say, whatever your age, don't give "I'm too old" as an excuse for not working to fulfill your dreams.
(Do you know of more seniors who have accomplished exceptional things? Please tell us about them in the comments)