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Still running at 103

Julia Hawkins is a role model for all of us. At 103, she finished the 50-meter and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque last month. She is the oldest woman to compete on an American track. Hawkins, a retired teacher, also does yard work and cares for 30 bonsai bushes.

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Sharpened by age

Monet painted most of his water-lily paintings when he was in his 70s—and 80s. “My sensitivity, far from diminishing, has been sharpened by age,” he said. I saw 20 of Monet’s water-lily paintings at a new exhibit “Monet—The Late Years” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. –Joy

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The shady side of 50

“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Keep walking!

I’ve been traveling a bunch—which has interfered with my daily walks. But, I’m walking again—every morning. I recently read an article about Kenneth Cooper, age 87, the Father of Aerobics, in The Dallas Morning News. “You don’t stop exercising when you get old,” Cooper says. “You get old when you stop exercising.” –Joy

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Jane Goodall at 84

Jane Goodall, age 84, spends 300 days a year traveling around the world speaking to people and encouraging them to help save chimpanzees and the environment. “I think how lucky I have been,” she writes in My Life with the Chimpanzees. “I spent years and years doing what I wanted to do most of all—being […]

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Going “full steam”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, but she’s not planning to retire. She has a standard answer for interviewers who ask how long she plans to stay on the Supreme Court, reports The Dallas Morning News. She will keep working as long as she can go “full steam.”

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Stay strong like RBG

We’re going to buy The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…and You can Too! on October 3. The new book will feature illustrations of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who’s 84, doing all of the exercises in her routine—including push-ups and core-strengthening planks. Since 1999, Ginsburg has been training twice a week for an hour with a […]

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Are you changing?

I’ve been thinking about birthdays because I have several good friends who have March and April birthdays, including my friend Sandra, who is celebrating her 91st birthday. In a book I bought for Sandra—90 and Proud of It, I found this quote from Doris Lessing: “The great secret that all old people share is that […]

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Like a good cheese

“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart,” James A. Garfield once said. “The spirit should never grow old.” I found that quote in a book—90 and Proud of It—that I bought for my friend Sandra, who was celebrating her 91st birthday. And, I also found another […]

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Happy 91st Birthday

My friend lucky Sandra, who lives in the house behind mine, invited me to her 91st birthday party. As Andy Rooney once said, “I didn’t get old on purpose; it just happened. If you’re lucky, it could happen to you.” I found Andy Rooney’s quote—and more quotes that I will share with you in future […]

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