Category Archives: Seniors Around the World

100 Years Brave

We were so impressed when we heard Eleanor Cunningham’s story that we had to share it! While most of us close our eyes and make a wish on our birthdays, she closed her eyes and took a leap. For her 100th birthday, the New Yorker chose to celebrate in style by skydiving above the state.

Via King 5 News

Source: King 5 News

Bravery seems to only increase each year for Eleanor, as this was in fact her third skydiving adventure—a sport she began at 90 years old. Eleanor has been athletic her entire life, having learned to ski when she was 50 and then golf at 70. With the green light from her doctor, it only made sense for this adrenaline junkie to take on skydiving.

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Source: NY Daily News

Eleanor sailed through the sky with her jump partner, and then landed smoothly and eloquently only to be embraced by her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. She’s already planning her next jump for her 105th birthday!

Way to go Eleanor, we’re inspired by your bravery and youth! To read more about Eleanor’s incredible story, check out King 5’s coverage.

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Give It Up For a 77-Year-Old Roller Derby Queen

Merrill Gardens doesn’t currently have any communities in Cardiff, Wales. But we may need one soon, because the folks there look like our kind of people.

Meet 77-year-old Jeanette Morris, an accomplished roller girl in the 1950s. Almost 60 years later, Jeanette wanted to take another roll around the track, and her daughter found some folks happy to help.

The perfectly named Boba Fettish and Thrill Collins of The Tiger Bay Brawlers stopped banging on opponents long enough to help Ms. Morris – now nicknamed Big Jeanie – for a practice lap. (Personally, we think Ms. Morris was lucky to have these roller girls on her team and not have to go against them.)

Kudos to everyone involved. And way to go Big Jeanie! (Source: SBNation.com)

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