A growing number of aging adults are refusing to give up the activities they love as they grow older and are even setting and reaching new goals that reflect their thrill-seeking nature. Not letting age get in their way, these 5 seniors are still hardcore adrenaline junkies who can serve as inspiration to older adults receiving Mississauga home care.
1. Richard Branson
Founder of the Virgin Group, Branson frequently makes headlines, and not just for his business acumen. Branson has twice broken world records for hot air balloon travel. In 1987, he became the first person to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon. Four years later, he broke his own record by traveling 6,700 miles over the Pacific Ocean.
2. Bernt Bodal
Bodal, the founder of American Seafoods who was recently featured on an episode of Undercover Boss, captains the company’s business jet himself. He also plays the bass guitar in a heavy metal band and has shared the stage with musical greats like Sammy Hagar.
3. Georgina Harwood
Not everyone is fortunate enough to live an entire century, but when you blow out 100 birthday candles, you may as well make it memorable. That’s exactly what Georgina Harwood set out to do on her 100th birthday when she skydived for the third time (her first jump was in 2007 when she was 92). As if freefalling from an airplane wasn’t enough of an adventure, this daredevil great grandmother followed up the very next day with a shark dive off the coast of South Africa.
4. Millie Sullens
At age 90, Millie Sullens spends her time teaching her great-grandchildren how to water ski. Sullens first started skiing at age 34 and never stopped. She still jumps waves and, when the weather isn’t favorable to be on the water, you can find her line dancing at the local American Legion.
5. Mary Burger
Mary Burger is one of the most recognized and admired barrel racers in the world. The 68-year-old woman became the oldest world champion barrel racer 10 years ago, and she’s not showing any signs of slowing down. She continues to compete in renowned rodeos all over the world and won the Calgary Stampede in 2016.
Getting exercise and staying healthy doesn’t require going to the extreme. Your senior loved one can get the physical activity he or she needs right at home. With the help of a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance, your loved one can participate in regular exercise while receiving help with daily household tasks like cooking, bathing, and light housekeeping. To learn more about the live-in and hourly home care Mississauga families trust, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (519) 590-2792 to schedule a free in-home consultation.