Celebrate Active Seniors October 1st

Sep 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Still Contribute

On Sunday October 1, the International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and this year’s theme is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons’. In some quarters, there remains a perception of senior citizens as frail-bodied and mentally struggling. In reality, many senior citizens around the world smash through that stigma by continuing to make extraordinary contributions to their communities and, in some cases, to the world at large.

A prime example of a person who has flourished in their later years is Judi Dench, the Oscar-winning actress with a starring role in the recently-released Victoria and Abdul. Her on-screen talents are evident to anyone who has seen her films, but it may surprise you to learn that she is an octogenarian. Indeed, she didn’t reach international prominence until she was in her 60s, her portrayal of M in several James Bond movies introducing her to a global audience.

Seniors Defy Stereotypes

In addition to famous senior citizens such as Dench, there are less celebrated folks who have achieved remarkable feats in their older years. One such person is Fauja Singh, who in his pensionable years has run multiple marathons and has even fronted campaigns for Adidas. He still partakes in full marathons at the grand age of 104.

This infographic from Home Healthcare Adaptations (http://www.home-healthcare-adaptations.ie/disabled-bathrooms-dublin/) celebrates the incredible contributions of many more senior citizens who defy lazy stereotypes and prove that older people in society are more than capable of formidable achievements.


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