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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly

 

99 Year-Old Still Enjoys a Day at the PNE

Ivy Todd started going to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver since she was 15. That's 85 years! Still a youngster at heart, her favourite activities include a shopping spree through the Marketplace, watching the Super Dogs canine show, and chowing down a foot-long hot dog.

We wish Ivy a happy 100th birthday on August 31st!

Read her fair adventures here.

 
 

Active centenarian still with Girl Guides

Betty Lowe, who has spent her life volunteering, celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family today. The active centenarian has been involved with the Girl Guides ever since she joined at the age of 11.

"I've been in the guides since I was 11. I was very interested in it and I used to go camping and walking. I was a bit of an outdoor girl when I was younger," says Betty.

Miss Lowe never married but her nephew Peter Lowe says she spends lots of time with the family. "She has a massive circle of friends and we all think she is marvellous. I think she loves being active. She doesn't like sitting around doing nothing."

 
 

Still puffing away at 101

Beatrice Langley celebrated her 100th birthday last year by vowing not to give up smoking. Next week she will celebrate her 101st birthday, and most expect her to keep puffing away.

"My eyes aren't what they used to be but the cigarettes haven't given me any trouble since last year because I don't inhale," says Beatrice.

She's been smoking since the age of 8 but has not seen any ill-effects from it. Since last year, after reaching 100 years old, she has cut back from 5 cigarettes a day to 3 although not for health reasons. "To be honest, the only reason I've cut down is because they are so expensive these days," she explained.

"Everyone has a vice," she said. "Some people drink, some people gamble and some people like to go out dancing. Personally I enjoy a cigarette after a meal and there's nothing wrong with that."

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Oldest person on Facebook


At 102 years old, Ivy Bean claims to be the oldest person on Facebook. This has skyrocketed her to celebrity status, she now has over 4800 friends!

Mrs. Bean recently competed in the "Over 75" Olympics, bringing home a gold medal in the frisbee throwing competition. Catch the video of this and more on her facebook group.

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88-Year-Old Primary School Student

Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge is the world's oldest primary school student, he enrolled Kapkenduiywo Primary School in Eldoret, Kenya in 2004 at the age of 84.

In 2005, he was invited to speak at the UN in New York City to stress the importance of free primary education.

Now at 88, he is studying grade 6 in Nairobi. He dreams of becoming a doctor one day.

Math teacher Julia Wanyoike says Maruge is a good student. He needs extra help in reading, but more than makes up for it in other ways. "He is an inspiration," she says.

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104-year-old Cubs fan dissed

A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Leo Hildebrand wants to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field for a game during the Cubs' expected playoff run. The 104-year-old is one of the oldest Cubs fans (and one of the few alive when the Cubs won their last world series in 1908!)

His neighbor and good friend, Henny Kronvold, tried to persuade the Cubs to let Hildebrand pitch last season, but the Cubs politely told her all of the slots were taken. "He can't wait much longer," said Arlene Burm, Hildebrand's 69-year-old daughter.

"Due to the large number of requests and suggestions, and given the limited opportunities, it's difficult to accommodate everyone,'' says Jason Carr, a Cubs spokesman. ''We have so many deserving fans -- including Leo Hildebrand -- but can't get to them all.''

I guess the Cubs just don't know what's good for them.

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World's oldest CEO

Jack Weil is the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear. His ever popular Rockmount shirts have been worn by everyone from Elvis Presley in “Love Me Tender” to Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain.”

At 107 years old, he is believed to be the oldest CEO in the world. He goes to work everyday in the same brick building that he started his business in, way back in 1946.

Famous for coining the phrase "The West is not a place, it is a state of mind.", he says he quit smoking at age 60, drinking at age 90 and eating red meat at 100. However, Mr. Weil says he has a shot of Jack Daniel's twice a week for "medicinal purposes."

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90-year-old bouncer retires

Former prisoner of war Bob Dudley is retiring after 25 years as the bouncer at the working men's club.

"I think it is important to keep working into old age. It keeps you lively and active and stops you from slouching about all over the place. It is really fulfilling," says the 90-year-old.

Irchester Working Men's Club president Clifford Bates said Mr Dudley was the perfect choice for the job. "We employed him because he had a bit of charisma. If anything wanted doing he would do it. He could hold the fort.

Mr Dudley is a great example of keeping active and maintaining purpose well into old age.

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Centenarians are wired

Who says seniors and computers don't mix. According to a US study, 12% of the centenarians surveyed have used the internet, with 7% being familiar with email, 3% have even done research on Wikipedia.

As our population continues to age, we can only expect these numbers to rise. There is a serious need for computer and web designers to take elderly usability into account. Here are some useful guidelines on elderly usability, but in reality they are applicable to everyone!

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Listen up, and vote!

It's election year in the US. Everyone should follow the advice of these seniors... and vote!

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