Watching NBC News the other day, I saw something fascinating. In a Senior Track meet overseas, two men, one from Finland and one from Belgium, were lined up at the starting line in a 100-meter race. The Finnish man was 95, and the Belgian 94.
The Finnish man took off like a shot. But, slowly and steadily, the Belgian man kept catching up. He just nipped the Finn at the finish line (“Finnish” line?).
This proved something I’ve been telling my clients for a while: Even though your body may be aging…that doesn’t mean you have to stop using it!
Several years ago, a 90-year-old ran in the Los Angeles Marathon, and a 101-year-old ran in the London Marathon. In the New York Marathon a few years ago, the toughest competition was said to have been in the 80-90-year-old women’s group. And, just two years ago, Charlie Futrell, 90, became what is believed to be the oldest person to finish a USA Triathlon (running, swimming, biking!) when he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 38 seconds during a Central Florida event!
What’s going on here ??? Well, many seniors have decided they’re not going gently into old age. In so doing, they’re redefining the process of aging. They’re showing us that age doesn’t necessarily have to be a barrier to remaining active. And they’re proving that getting old doesn’t mean acting old!
Redefining your own aging process can be tough. But we can help.
At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’re Elder Law attorneys. We’ve been helping South Florida seniors and their families redefine their aging processes for 34 years. And we’ve been helping them prepare for it, too, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care plans, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.
We can help you redefine your personal aging process…and provide security for yourself and your family. We’re just a phone call away.