Faces of Positive Aging

The best age is the one you are…
-Maggie Kuhn

Local People You Know

Sally and Hedgehog     Sally Silvennoinen is pictured above, holding a hedgehog while visiting in Finland.

*Click the picture of the Randolphs to read the story*
The  story about the Randolphs is a collaborative effort between the Blueprint for Aging, Chelsea Senior Center and City of Ypsilanti Senior Center. Sally Silvennoinen, from the City of Ypsilanti Senior Center Writers’ Group, volunteered to interview and write the story about Jim and Mary Randolph. Both the Randolphs and Ms. Silvennoinen are fantastic examples of positive aging. We hope you enjoy the story!

A Real Treasure – Hermione Fauser

“I say I’m going to retire…” – Evelyn Payne

This active volunteer doesn’t stay home much – Marlene Barr

A World of Positive Aging

Octogenarians, anime characters and American flags take to the course for Ann Arbor Marathon  Posted on AnnArbor.com  by Kyle Austin  Sunday, June 9, 2013

Boomer Housemates Have More Fun  Posted on NPR.org  by Julie Rovner  May 22, 2013

Ohio man, 87, skydives to aid sick great-grandson Posted by Yahoo News, Associated Press, Sun, May 26, 2013

106 year old Mass. man gets high school diploma Posted by Yahoo News, Associated Press, March 5, 2013

101 year old “Turbaned Tornado” Retires from Running Posted on NPR.org by Mark Memmott, February 25, 2013 2:51 PM

Grandmother, 80, signed by top modeling agency after returning to catwalk 60 years since fashion debut By Bianca London, MailOnline.com  PUBLISHED: 07:18 EST, 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:36 EST, 19 February 2013

102 year old plans to finish University of Michigan degree after dropping out during Great Depression By Kellie Woodhouse, Higher education reporter; posted on AnnArbor.com; Thursday, Sept 27, 2012
She’s lived through both World Wars, the advent of television and the Internet and the governing of 17 U.S. presidents. Now 102-year-old Margaret Dunning plans to head back to the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business to finish her undergraduate degree. Read More…

California seniors helping fight hunger and waste By Ben Tracy, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, Thursday, October 4, 2012
(CBS News) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Shirley Elwell is a 72-year-old great-grandmother. She also happens to operate a forklift. “Watch out,” says Elwell. “The next thing I’ll learn how to drive is a semi.” Read More…

World’s Oldest Person, Bessie Cooper, Turns 116   By Jennifer Abbey, ABC News Blogs Monday, August 27, 2012
It’s difficult enough to fit 16 candles on a birthday cake, but trying squeezing 116 on one. But Besse Cooper, the world’s oldest person according to the Guinness World Records, chose to use numbers instead of actual candles when she celebrated her 116th birthday Sunday. Guinness claims Cooper is one of only eight people who have reached 116.  Read More…


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