96-year-old student graduates after surviving WWII and now a pandemic

People who are 90 plus years in 2020, have seen many challenges in their lives. We can learn a lot from their perseverance.

This week, Giuseppe Paterno stepped forward to receive his diploma and the traditional laurel wreath awarded to Italian students when they graduate, applauded by his family, teachers and fellow students more than 70 years his junior.

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Working Past Age 100

Bill Frankland (106) is probably the oldest active doctor on the planet. Frankland first trained as a doctor in the 1930s. During his long and illustrious career, he has become the world’s foremost authority on allergy. He worked with the Nobel Prize-winning discoverer of antibiotics, Alexander Fleming, and was once called out to Iraq to treat dictator Saddam Hussein.

Zaria Gorvett discusses how retirement is becoming more and more expensive and if future generations may have to abandon the idea altogether.

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Vito Perillo, A 93-Year-Old Veteran, Was Elected Mayor In New Jersey & The Internet Loves Him


There were a lot of unlikely winners to come out of Election Day 2017, and perhaps the most unexpected of all is World War II veteran Vito Perillo. The 93-year-old beat incumbent New Jersey Mayor Gerald Turning in the town of Tinton Falls in a huge upset. And while the members of his town were clearly big fans of his, people on the internet clearly are, too. Read the Full Story

CBS News also picked up the story: 93-year-old WWII vet Vito Perillo wins Tinton Falls, N.J. mayoral race

Vito Perillo’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/vito.perillo.31

She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met at the Gym.

The New York Times

This amazing story shows that it is never too late to love.

“Gertrude Mokotoff and Alvin Mann were introduced eight years ago at a gym in Middletown, N.Y., where they still work out twice a week.

…“I kept getting teased about dating a cougar,” Mr. Mann said, laughing. “But the age difference never really bothered me because we just hit it off, and I wasn’t about to let her go.”

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The Secrets of the 80-Year-Old Chinese Runway Model

By Michael Paterniti, GQ Magazine

The 80 year old Wang Deshun was featured at Fashion Week.

“… Wang went viral. Everything that ad agencies would love to have us believe—that eternal youth is possible—was right there before our eyes, in action. An 80-year-old on the catwalk, looking this fine? What was he eating? How did he keep in shape? Could we all look forever young? So came the lustful, leering commentary. What was Hottest Grandpa’s secret?” Read the full story

You May Want to Marry My Husband

The New York Times

After learning she doesn’t have long to live, a woman composes a dating profile for the man she will leave behind.


“I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, the intermittent micronaps that keep whisking me away midsentence are clearly not propelling my work forward as quickly as I would like. But they are, admittedly, a bit of trippy fun.

Still, I have to stick with it, because I’m facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one. I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse.” Read the whole story


Author who wrote heartbreaking ‘dating profile’ for her husband dies

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the prolific children’s book author who wrote a devastating “Modern Love” column about her soon-to-be-widower husband, died Monday. She was 51. Read the full story

At 98 Years Old, the World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher Shares the 1 Mantra She Swears By

Re-posted from PopSugar, January 3, 2017 by Perri Konecky

At 98 years old, Tao Porchon-Lynch is inspiring our lives in more ways than we’d imagine. As one of the new faces of Athleta’s Power of She campaign, Tao, the world’s oldest yoga teacher, is sharing what it means to live a positive life, and it’s really empowering. After being told in 1926 that yoga is “unladylike,” she was motivated to learn tree yoga, and now, she’s spreading her journey of spirituality across the world.

“Anything is possible; nothing’s impossible. When you wake up every morning, say, ‘this is going to be the best day of my life,’ and it will be,” Tao said. Read the Story

105-Year-Old French Cyclist Sets World Record

By NBC News, Jan 5 2017

Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike.

On Wednesday, he proved that prediction wrong. The 105-year-old Frenchman, made cycling history by covering 14.08 miles in one hour on a track near Paris.

Marchand, who has a huge following in France, and was cheered on by hundreds of fans as he rode round the velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

However, he fell short of his own previous record of 16.73 miles in the over-100s category, which he set in 2014 at the age of 102 years old. Read the Full Story

Smart Comeback by Dick Van Dyke, 90

I wish I had given that answer the last time I fell down some stairs (on May 7, 2015 in the Luisenhof in Dresden, Germany).  Dick Van Dyke, 90, last summer, in a hotel, tripped and tumbled down a long marble staircase.  In his words, “everyone ran over to see if the old guy was okay.”  But he was fine, just laughed and said, “Relax, everybody.  I do this for a living.”
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