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7 Senior Women & Their Incredible Accomplishments

By Carol White, 9:00 am on April 24, 2017

Getting older does not necessarily mean being less healthy. By eating balanced diets and staying active, many seniors enjoy exciting lives well past retirement age. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Prescott. Our professional caregivers are available around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Many older women continue leading productive lives. Here is a list of 7 incredible senior women and their accomplishments.

1. Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd is the official Guinness World Records holder for Oldest Female Bodybuilder. Her sister died early from a brain aneurysm. The loss inspired Shepherd to live a fuller life. At the age of 56, she began working out and became interested in bodybuilding. She entered her first competition at the age of 71. Now 80, she continues running marathons, staying in shape, and teaching fitness classes.

2. Flo Meiler

Although Meiler competed in the Senior Olympics as a tennis player, she ventured into track and field when she was 60. Five years later, she pole vaulted for the first time. After 10 years, Meiler competed in 13 National Senior Games, and she currently holds 15 world records and 12 United States records. Some of the events she regularly competes in include the 100 and 200-meter dashes, the discus and shot put throws, the high jump, the long jump, and the triple jump.

3. Harriett Lake

At 95 years old, Harriett Lake enjoys life as a philanthropist. Each year, she donates money to 200 local charities. In 2014, she donated 4,000 items from her closet to raise money for the level one trauma center at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Orlando Regional Medical Center. The fashion enthusiast admits having a weakness for clothes and accessories, and she requires more than 5,000-square feet of space for her personal wardrobe.

4. Jeannie Epper

At the age of 76, Epper is considered by many to be the greatest stuntwoman in the world. During the 70s, she was Lynda Carter’s stunt double in Wonder Woman. Her more recent film appearances include Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Minority Report, and The Fast and the Furious. In total, Epper has been in more than 100 films, and she has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Taurus World Stunt Awards.

5. Johanna Quaas

At 92, Quaas is the world’s oldest gymnast. She regularly competes in the Landes-Seniorenspiele events in Germany. Quaas spent most her life as a gymnastics coach. Floor dance routines and the parallel bars are among her specialties.

To remain active and healthy, your senior loved one needs to adopt a healthy lifestyle. A Prescott home caregiver can help your elderly loved one manage his or her health in a variety of ways. If your loved one needs encouragement to exercise more often, eat healthier foods, or socialize on a regular basis, an in-home caregiver can address these and many other health-related concerns.

6. Lorelei de la Reza

Although she is now 72, de la Reza still loves to play basketball. She took up the sport 17 years ago by attending a class at her fitness center. By 2002, she qualified for a position on the Houston Senior Olympics team. She continues playing three times each week.

7. Tao Porchon-Lynch

At 98 years old, Porchon-Lynch holds the record for being the oldest yoga instructor. In fact, she spent more than 60 years teaching yoga to others and continues teaching today. She also enjoys participating in ballroom dancing competitions.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Prescott, AZ, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To create a custom care plan for your senior loved one, get in touch with us at 928-771-0105 today.

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