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Top 6 Thrill-Seeking Seniors Over 65

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Why should age keep seniors from living life to the fullest? Check out the following inspirational seniors over 65 who prove to live-in Omaha caregivers that you can successfully be a thrill-seeker at any age.

1. Anna Czerwińska

Born in 1949, Czerwińska is a Polish mountaineer who left her successful medical career for the mountains. She has been climbing for over 34 years and has published many books about mountaineering. By the age of 50, she was the oldest woman to summit Mount Everest at the time.

2. Madonna Buder

Buder, otherwise know as the “Iron Nun,” is both an 86-year-old nun and Ironman triathlon runner who recently starred in Nike’s new commercial that highlighted her awe-inspiring athletic skills. She has finished over 320 triathlons including 45 Ironman competitions. In 2010, Buder released her autobiography called The Grace to Race

3. Ernie Smith

Born in 1918, Smith is a well-known pilot from Iowa who got his pilot’s license when he was 26 years old. When he’s not in the clouds or giving plane rides to locals, he enjoys going out for coffee with friends. To ensure safety, Smith takes a mandatory FAA medical exam every two years.

4. Michael Venus

Venus is a 77-year-old hiker from New Jersey who has been going on hiking adventures with his wife Rita for years. In 2015, his dream of conquering the Appalachian Trail came true, and he became the fourth oldest hiker to do so. Venus and his wife have also hiked Mount Washington and Longs Peak in Colorado.

5. Yuichiro Miura

Born in 1932, Miura is a Japanese mountain climber who claims he loves Mount Everest the most and has climbed it at the ages of 70, 75 and 80. He now has an ambitious goal of conquering it for the fourth time when he is 90. At the age of 37, he also became the first person to ski on Mount Everest. This experience was turned into a movie called The Man Who Skied Down Everest, which won the Oscar for best documentary in 1976. 

6. Millie Sullens

Sullens is a 90-year-old great-grandmother and slalom skier who can often be found skiing on nearby Lake Tenkiller. This is also the lake where she teaches her grandkids how to water-ski. Along with water skiing, Sullens also enjoys dancing to country and western music at her local American Legion.

Your senior loved one may not be an adrenaline junkie, but he or she can still remain vital and engage in physical activities with help from Omaha Home Care Assistance. Contact us at (402) 261-5158 today to learn more about our flexible live-in and hourly services and how they benefit our clients’ physical and emotional wellbeing.