100 Year old people can't ski. Or can they?

Elsa Bailey was 100 years old - but she showed the world that she could still hit the slopes!

She said to GoodMorningAmerica.com:"It was something that I planned years ago, that on my 100 th birthday I'd have one last ski, then hang up my skis. I've done it for 75 years. That's a long time. I've had enough."

She walked up the mountain by herself although she did have a few people around - just in case.

Not only is she 100 but Bailey she's also legally blind - Truly Age is No Limit for Elsa.

She says: "I like to do things. My mother took me around the world when I was 50 which was real nice," she said. "We went by boat in those days. We stopped in Honolulu of course, then we went to Japan and stayed there for a month. We also stopped in India for a while and then came back across the Atlantic.  I've even done kayaking and white water and tennis and scuba diving, and I do the trampoline on my deck. I jump on that 100 times every morning. Let me tell you, that activates every cell in your body."

No doubt!

The ABCNews website says:

A former occupational therapist, Bailey says the secret to her longevity is simple: "Be active. I do things my way, like skiing when I'm 100. Nobody else does that even if they have energy. And I try to eat pretty correctly, and get exercise and fresh air and sunshine."
Seemingly straightforward advice from the 100-year-old rebel, who says she always tries to be positive, because you never know what life's going to hand you.
"If you're positive you can get through it OK," said Bailey. "When you think negatively, you're putting poison on your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is."

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It's been a long time - but we're back!

Circumstances meant we had to focus elsewhere but out there in the world are amazing people who truly believe - and demonstrate - that Age is No Limit.

So here we are again.  And more posts will follow.  Because, really, there is no limit.

98 - not out!

Whether people can drive or not is largely irrelevant to age and the proof of that can be seen in the demographics of our road toll.  But regardless of that, being 98 does not mean you have to stop caring in this world.  Being 98 does not mean you have to stop living in this world.  Being 98 does not mean you have to bow out.

Evelyn - another prime example of our motto - Age No Limit!

Missed your chance to be a supermodel? Maybe not...

We tend to think of supermodels are young things with the sort of beauty that holds true for a little while, then dies with their popularity (or is it the other way around?)

Not always the case.

In the case of Daphne Selfie - and isn't that an appropriate name! - we can see very clearly that age is certainly no limit.  She is the world's OLDEST supermodel and holds the Guiness World Record!  She is 87 and has been modelling for over 60 years.

She is glamorous, she has style, she is beautiful - and mostly, she clearly sees what so many of us do not - Age No Limit!

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Larry Johnson might be 95 but he hasn't stopped living!

Larry Johnson has no problems filling in his time.  Being 95 years old does not stop him doing cycling classes three times a week.  Then, there are the upper-body workouts - also three times a week.  In fact, the only day he takes it easy is Saturday!  And in the winter, he goes skiing at least once a week.

And when we said that he takes Saturday off…  well sometimes he's actually doing a 35 mile bike ride along Albuquerque's trails.  Because he has plans.  He aims to win four cycling events - the 5km, 10km, 20km and 40km at the National Senior Games in Minneapolis!

It all started when he was 90 years old, his grandson challenged him to ride one mile for every year.  Larry Johnson was up for the challenge!  Larry Johnson, like many others, is clearly a firm believer in the adage Age No Limit!

And Larry's advice to us all?

From his profile:
"A lot of it is a mindset. You’ve got to appreciate your body for the wonderful machine that it is and you just gotta keep it working. 
I like to tell people to compare it to your car. You have to take care of it to keep it going. You change the oil, get new tires and a battery, you clean the upholstery if you spill something on it. It’s the same way with your body.

You’ve got to feed it well, exercise it, work up a sweat and get your heart rate up. Keep your mind going. If you park your car in the garage and don’t run it the first thing you know the tires go flat and the battery is dead. You have high tech parts,so get some high tech things for your body. Get on the Internet, your email, your cell phone. Find solutions, put a smile on your face and have a social life."

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Larry Johnson
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Too old to do WHAT? This lady has them ALL beat!

Some of us can't do the stairs - we need the lifts and elevators.

But Doris Long (MBE) is an inspiration to us all. 

Doris is 101 years old.

But that's not the big thing.

At the sprightly young age of 101, Doris Long became the world's oldest abseiler. 

She climbs down the sides of buildings with a rope!

It was hard work.  But the wind and rain did not put her off, even if she did 'swing about a bit'.  She said "I enjoyed it, I feel it's well worth it".  True, her legs ached and her arm.  And it didn't do her hair do any good - but she still hopes to repeat the challenge next year - when she has turned 102!

Doris, great-great-grandmother was cheered and applauded by the watching crowd when she got to the bottom of the tower.

This is not her first abseil though.  She did it last year too, when she turned 100.  In fact, she has been doing it since she was 85.

She started started abseiling when she was 85!  Too old to start something new?  Definitely not.

"I don't feel afraid and never have" she said.


Doris Long (MBE) who took to abseiling at 85 years old and has just broken her own world record by descending almost a hundred meters down the side of a spinnaker tower in Portsmouth, England, is living proof of our motto - Age No Limit.

Doris Long 101 world abseiling record spinnaker tower
101 year old woman breaks world record oldest abseiler
Doris Long
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Too old to save lives? Never.

Lots of people think that when they 'get old' they are no longer needed or useful.  We won't debate it - instead let's rephrase it:

Sometimes, when we have accumulated lots of life experience, we think that we can no longer contribute to the world.

Put like that it sounds contradictory doesn't it!  Well, of course it is.  No matter how old we are, we have lots of value and can offer amazing amounts of help to the world which, let's face it, needs help.

Here's a good example.

Wendy Smith was eighty-four but decided to learn first aid.  So she did her first aid training with St John Ambulance.  Just a way of passing time, you might say.  Just a bit of amusement.  Not likely to be of any use.

Her neighbour is still here to tell you different.  After having a heart attack,  he had stopped breathing.  It's called 'died'.  Because of her willingness to learn and have a positive impact on the world - despite being 84 years young - her neighbour survived.  Wendy Smith, 84, saved his life.  This eighty-four year old did CPR for ten minutes until the ambulance arrived. 

So don't think you are too old.  Don't think that your usefulness has come to an end.  Because, at the end of the day, Wendy Smith and her neighbour are living proof of Age No Limit.

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