Rock Stars of Aging

Rock Stars of Aging

Discover ordinary women and men in their 80s, 90s and 100s who lead lives that defy the widely held stereotypes of aging.

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Rock Stars of Aging
  • The Jersey Boys: Walking on Water

    “The Jersey Boys,” as they call themselves, say they’re powered by passion — and a love of walking on water. This group of barefoot water skiiers includes a retired medical oncologist, family physician, railroad worker and master plumber, ranging in age from mid-50s to late-70s. Their backgrounds...

  • The Motorcycle Matriarch

    At the historic and legendary Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, there was one rider all the attendees were lining up to meet — a 90-year-old petite woman from New Jersey. Treated like a rock star wherever she goes and mobbed by autograph and photo-seekers, Gloria Struck is the most amazing per...

  • The Art of Rebellion

    Harold Garde is a great-great-grandfather, and, by most accounts, a great, great artist. Now in his mid-90s, the renowned artist is not only still painting daily in his home studio, he sees his work as the ultimate act of artistic rebellion.

  • Tuskegee Airmen: Leaving a Legacy

    The Tuskegee Airmen have been immortalized for their heroism in World War II. They fought two wars — one against the Axis powers, the other against prejudice and bigotry at home. Fewer than 50 Red Tail pilots are alive today, so meeting three together was a unique opportunity.

  • A Final Sit Down With a Tuskegee Airman

    As the number of World War II veterans continues to dwindle, learning what we can from them becomes more important. Especially those who fought not only our enemies overseas, but also prejudice at home. The African Americans who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be among the most insp...

  • Shantell Williams: Shut Up & Ride

    Shantell Williams learned how to ride a Harley in her 40s. Eight months after she started, she set out on a journey across 48 states to bring attention to Bessie Stringfield, the first African American woman to ride across America in the 1930s. That ride not only broke a world record but also sho...

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Skydiving History

    On August 16, 1960, Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger rode a helium balloon to 102,800 feet — the very edge of space — and jumped. Fifty years later, to commemorate man’s longest leap, Kittinger became the first inductee into the National Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame.

  • WWII Vet’s Final Mission: Preserving Women’s History

    Betty Wall was one of a handful of female pilots in World War II. After the war, she thought that part of her life was over. But then she realized she owed it to her friends -- and herself -- to make sure we never forgot about their contributions.

  • Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins

    Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins is a world record-setting centenarian who’s on a mission to help you start Growing Bolder. We hit the track with America’s sweetheart and get her tips for active longevity.

  • Staying in the Race: Joan Benoit Samuelson

    Joan Benoit Samuelson may be the most inspiring female distance runner ever. In 1984 she won gold in the first Women’s Marathon ever held at the Olympics. At the age of 61, she completed the Boston Marathon within 30 minutes of her very first time, exactly forty years ago. Joan shares with Growin...

  • 98-Year-Old's Tips for Loving Life

    If you want to feel more fulfilled and find a way to give your life more meaning, find a purpose. Having a purpose can have a profound effect on how motivated we are, how alive we feel and how we deal with the challenges that we face as we age. Annie Peters has had a hard life, but at the age of ...