Despite their age, Fort Worth at-home care professionals believe seniors can do amazing things every day. In fact, some seniors take doing amazing things to the extreme. Below are five inspirational seniors who are currently chronicled in the Guinness Book of World Records.
1. World’s Oldest Female Tandem Skydiver
While many people will be happy just to turn 100, that was not the case with Georgina Harwood. She completed a tandem skydive on her 100 birthday in 2015. She used the celebration to raise funds for South Africa’s Sea Rescue Institute. Three days later, she went swimming with sharks.
2. World’s Oldest Female Marathon Runner
When Harriette Thompson turned 76 years old she ran her first marathon. She has run in the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon every year since then, except for one when she was battling leukemia. In 2015, she ran the marathon at the age of 92. Not being content to just run marathons, this amazing senior has raised over $90,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
3. World’s Oldest Person to Graduate College
In May 2010, Nola Ochs became the oldest college graduate when she earned her Master’s degree in liberal studies from Fort Hayes State University. She started her classes in 1930, but life got in the way when she had to raise three sons. She would like to encourage others to never stop learning. She decided to go back to school to keep herself busy.
4. Oldest Professional Actor
In 2013, Radu Beligan became the oldest working professional actor when he reported performing in over 200 shows in Budapest, according to Guinness Book of World Records. He performed his first acting job in 1937 and continued performing until he passed away in 2016 at the age of 97.
5. Oldest Serving Judge
In 2011, Wesley Brown of Kansas became the oldest person to serve as federal judge in the United States. At 103 years old, Brown finally stopped accepting assignments to new cases. In the past, he has warned lawyers that were planning long court battles that he might not live long enough to hear the end of the case. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 104 and still holds the record he obtained in 2011.
These examples continue to inspire seniors to lead active lives and set goals for themselves. With help from Fort Worth caregivers, local seniors can remain active and vital during their golden years in order to boost longevity and overall wellbeing. Call Home Care Assistance at (817) 349-7599 today to learn more about our services and have an experienced Care Manager customize a unique care plan for your loved one.