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10 Inspiring Senior Women

June 2, 2014 | By admin

Age is just a number. But, for most women, it’s a topic best not discussed with other people. People are afraid of growing old, with all the negative images associated with age: wrinkled skin, declining health, illnesses, loneliness, etc.

Meet these 10 inspiring women who embrace life and pursue their passion even until at their senior years.


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1. Lady Trumpington

Ninety-one-year-old Jean Alys Barker, famously known as “Lady Trumpington” is the oldest British conservative member of the House of Lords. Lady Trumpington is also part of the six fashion sisters for a TV documentary called Fabulous Fashionistas which explores the art of ageing and how to ‘stay young’ – mentally and physically.



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2. Harriet Lake

Ninety-one year old Harriet Lake is one of Central Florida’s most generous full-time philanthropist. She donates millions of dollars from her very own pocket to 200 local charities every year. Aside from her charity work, Ms. Lake loves the performing arts and fashion.



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3. Carmen Dell’Orefice

Carmen Dell’Orefice is an 83-year old American model and actress. She’s known as the world’s oldest supermodel. At the age of 13, she was discovered while riding a bus to ballet class. She was on the cover of Vogue at 15 and was modeling ever since.


Caribbean Trans Atlantic Swim

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4. Jennifer Figge

Jennifer Figge was the first woman to swim the Atlantic in 2009 when she was 56. She always dreamed about it since the early 1960s when a a stormy trans-Atlantic flight got her thinking she could don a life vest and swim the rest of the way if needed.

She left the Cape Verde Islands on January 12 and arrived to Trinidad on February 5.


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5. Winifred Pristell

At 74 years old, Winifred Pristell is a great grandmother who is also known as the “Heavy Metal.” She is a competitive weightlifter who battled and won over obesity and heavy drinking. She holds two world records under her belt and aspires for more, despite her arthritis.



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6. Ernestine Shepherd

In 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records hailed Ernestine Shepherd as the world’s oldest bodybuilder at the age of 74. She runs about 80 miles a week and her diet consists of 1,700 calories every day, including chicken, vegetables, and boiled egg whites.


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7. Tamae Watanabe

Tamae Watanabe is a Japanese mountain climber who at 73 became the oldest woman to ever climb Mt. Everest in 2012. Seven years before, Ms. Watanabe broke her back and she feared that she would never go back to climbing again. On the day of her Mt. Everest hike, more than 200 climbers aimed to reach the top of the mountain, four died during the climb, making it one of the deadliest days on the mountain.



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8. Sister Madonna Buder

Known in the fitness community as the “Iron Nun,” Sister Madonna Buder is currently the world record holder of the oldest person to finish an Ironman Triathlon. In 2012, at the age of 82, she finished the Subaru Ironman Canada in a time of 16:32:00.



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9. Dorothy Custer

At 102 years, Dorothy Custer is the oldest person to leap off a bridge 500 feet above a river in Idaho. That’s how she celebrated her birthday: parachuting off a bridge. For her 101st birthday, she ziplined in the Snake River Canyon. Ms. Custer said she never thought of her age, she just love being alive and living a full life.



10. Dancing Jane

In one of The Good Line‘s mini-documentaries, it featured 97-year-old splitter lovingly called “Dancing Jane.” She was part of the cheerleading squad in her high school but one of the members said to her that only double-jointed people could do the split. This prevented her from even trying until she was 85. She said fear is one of the biggest things that keeps us back and advises us to not do anything unless we love doing it.


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