One of these days, I’ll buckle down and truly trace my family’s roots. (I’m so inspired by Joanie Schirm, who found a pair of pants, of all things, and used them to hunt down her family’s incredible journey in World War II Europe. She has since visited Prague to learn even more and her story is just growing from here!)
You can watch the video below!
Because somewhere, there are secrets to be shared. My grandfather turned 98 years old this January. For the most part, the first 90 or so years allowed him to be active, engaged and to really live life to the fullest. With his nonagenerian status, he’s struggling with health problems, mental decline, losing friends and family and more.
But he is one of the best role models I know for active lifestyle. He served his country for years, admirably, traveling with his wife and two sons (my dad’s the younger). After retiring, he played golf, read the newspaper every day (we did the Jumble together and that will always be a treasured memory for me), did daily stretching and exercises, practiced moderation with his diet and always, always kept his mind active. Puzzles and card games and more — I can’t remember spending a minute with him that wasn’t engaging in some way.
My boss and friend, Marc Middleton, recently published his first book and the first publication from Bolder Press. It’s called “Rock Stars of Aging” and while I’m biased, I think it’s one of the most interesting, informational, entertaining and important books on the market.
It’s a list of the things we’ve learned from interviewing the world’s oldest people — centenarians and super-centenarians.
We were there when 110-year-old Onie Ponder voted in the presidential election; when 109-year-old Ruth Hamilton discovered video chatting; when Wilhelmina Hoorn danced on her 107th birthday; when 103-year-old artist Harold Rottenberg flirted with the ladies while being honored at a major museum; when 96-year-old Mary Anne Cooper traveled across the country to compete in the national swimming championships and when 93-year-old George Blair battled back from a case of pneumonia to set another record as the world’s oldest barefoot water skier.
We interviewed 108-year-old Bill Hargrove in between games at his local bowling alley; 103-year-old Bill Tapia in between rehearsals for his live ukulele concert; 101-year-old Virgil Coffman after he walked into a Chevy dealer and plucked down $38,000 cash for a special edition 426-horsepower Chevy Camaro; Nola Ochs after becoming the world’s oldest college graduate at age 96; 95-year-old world track and field champion Trent Lane after chopping firewood on his ranch; Mae Laborde after moving to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood actress at age 93; and Frankie Manning after dancing with 97 different women to celebrate his 97th birthday.
If they hold a record as the world’s oldest anything, chances are we’ve interviewed them. The world’s oldest woman to reach the North Pole? Check. The world’s oldest NASCAR driver? Got him. The world’s oldest showgirl, college baseball player, Olympian, motivational speaker? Yes. Yes. Yes. And Yes. We listened and we learned. This book contains the lifestyle secrets of centenarians.
They are (often) simple mantras and rules that we should follow at 20, 30, 40 and 50 if we want to live to a healthy 100 and beyond. They’re not from people who survived to 80 and hung on for a few decades. These Rock Stars are as interesting at 100 as they were at 50, and they have so much wisdom to share.
I’m so excited to have played a very small part in the publication of this book and I hope you’ll consider adding it to your library today.