Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kelley D. Hamilton - Seniors Reach Amazing Heights in New Millennium

Today’s seniors are far different from any other generation. They stay active longer, mentally and physically, enabling them to accomplish much of their dreams from younger years. No longer does hitting that 60-year-old mark mean it’s time to break out the knitting needles. Kelley D. Hamilton, CEO of Bonaventure Senior Living, expounds on the amazing seniors of the new millennium.

Q: Is it realistic to believe seniors can accomplish phenomenal feats?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes! Many of the world’s most incredible feats have been accomplished by seniors over the years. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of Little House on the Prairie fame did not publish her first book until age 68.

Q: What if they have had problems like hip injuries? Would that make a difference?

Kelley D. Hamilton: It all depends on the senior citizen. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 93-year-old yoga instructor who had hip surgery and was told she’d never be able to do yoga again. Today she is regularly in the lotus pose and took up ballroom dancing a month after surgery.

Q: What do geriatric specialists say on the subject?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Geriatric specialists are saying longevity among seniors is the new normal. Increased activity should be expected.

Q: How long can seniors stay active?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Again, that’s entirely dependent upon the senior, but specialists report increased activity way into the 80s and 90s.

Q: Are there any records held by active seniors?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Sure, there are many. Ninety-two-year-old Canadian senior Olga Kotelko holds more than 20 track and field event records. She has been the subject of many studies aimed at her unusual endurance.

Q: Can seniors participate in marathons and triathlons?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Definitely! Seniors can and have entered marathons and triathlons in their 70s, 80s and even 90s.


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