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Top 5 Inspirational Seniors in the Guinness Book of World Records

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Senior citizens around the world are setting amazing world records. Birmingham in-home care professionals believe that sharing their stories is a great way to inspire the elderly to do something great regardless of their age.

1. World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

Many people recognize the value of practicing yoga. In 2012, Tao Porchon-Lynch set the world record for the oldest yoga teacher at the age of 93. As an avid yogi, she has been busy educating people about yoga moves and techniques for more than 50 years. She has traveled all over the world sharing her knowledge with others and continues her practice even now at 98. 

2. World’s Oldest Sprinter

In 2015, Hidekichi Miyazaki became the world’s oldest sprinter when he finished a 100-meter race in just over 42 seconds. The 106-year-old man from Japan did not start running until he was over 90 years old and he hasn’t stopped running since.

3. Oldest Woman to Abseil

Doris Long, affectionately called Darling Doris, became the oldest person to abseil just a few days after her 101st birthday despite rainy weather conditions in 2015. She was breaking her own record that she set on her 100th birthday back in 2014 by abseiling down a 300-foot tower in England. She performed this amazing stunt to raise funds for medical research.

4. Most Marathons Run in a Single Year

While many people cannot imagine the stamina and strength it takes to run a single marathon, throughout the year of 2013, 69-year-old Larry Macon completed 239 marathons. Larry first entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 by running 105 marathons in a single year, but he has managed to beat his own record.

5. World’s Oldest Pilot

In 2016, Ernest Eli (aka Ernie) Smith earned the record as the world’s oldest active pilot. On December 21, 2016 he will celebrate his 99th birthday and he still regularly flies his Cessna 150 a couple of times a week.

While these seniors are definitely inspirational, there are many things that you can do to inspire the senior in your life today. Contact Home Care Assistance at (205) 438-6927 today to speak with a trusted Care Manager about our premier in-home care. Our highly trained caregivers in Birmingham, AL, motivate seniors to lead active lives in an effort to boost overall wellbeing and promote vitality. Let us customize a unique care plan when you call.