My mother-in-law, Pearl, is 94-years-old and she rises each day thankful for everything: God’s grace, the ability to get out of bed, the strength of four senses while one fades, belly laughs with friends and family. She appreciates hearing aids, closed captioned telephones, transportation for seniors who want to go see a play or go to the store; you name it, and Pearl does not take it for granted.
Pearl is a woman who rises to really live each day as she gets older. She constantly reaches out to people less fortunate than she.
The Hanover staff and I have come to discover that many of Hanover’s older residents are as resilient and remarkable as Pearl. They have inspired us to launch a new feature in this issue titled Never Too Late.
Hanover residents, especially older residents, are teaching us so many lessons that we want to share their accomplishments and lessons with you. In short, Never Too Late will be an ongoing series that features the accomplishments of older residents in Hanover whose zest for life manifests in inspiring ways.
A native of India, Ila Vidyarthi of Hanover is a woodworker, master yoga instructor and is working towards biking in each of the 50 states.
Her life reveals that it’s never too late to accomplish new goals; confidence and pride are lifelines.
The U.S. population is getting older, according to EverydayHealth.com. “The average life expectancy for men and women has reached 76 and 81, respectively, and it’s expected to keep rising, thanks to advances in medicine, nutrition, and safety.”
In fact, a Senior Health article for EverydayHealth by Katie Kerns Geer reveals that “about one in seven adults today is older than 80, and the fastest-growing age group is people over 100.”
Geer shares stories about seniors like the “thrill seeking granny” named Georgina Harwood who, in 2015, “celebrated her 100th birthday by jumping out of a plane with 15 friends and family members, and followed it up by swimming with sharks.”
Geer also celebrates the life of Kansas-born Nola Ochs who “took her first college course at Fort Hays State University (then known as Kansas State College) in 1930 — but didn’t complete her degree until 2007, at the age of 95, becoming the nation’s oldest college graduate.”
As this issue’s Never Too Late reveals, bountiful experiences can still unfold as we age.
More and more seniors are far from invisible. In addition to being far from invisible, they are making a positive difference in others’ lives.
We’re thrilled to share their accomplishments.
Do you know a friend, parent or grandparent who would rather rise than retire?
Does their sense of purpose remain keen or shift in unique ways as they get older?
Do they passionately work toward a cause, a new hobby, even a simple pleasure?
Hanover Magazine would love to hear about that person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and write Never Too Late on the subject line.
It’s Never Too Late to delve into this issue of Hanover Magazine. Thank you for being loyal readers.
We don’t take your readership for granted.