Inspirational Seniors: Active Athletes Over the Age of 70

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Milford elder care providers know that it’s never too late for seniors to set new fitness goals. Following are six incredible athletes over the age of 70 that will help inspire them.

Ernie Andrus

This 92-year-old long-distance runner first hit the pavement at the age of 64. He became inspired to run when the Olympians visited his city. Andrus ran his first 10K with the torchbearers who were part of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Since then, he has completed numerous 5K and 10K races. At the age of 89, Andrus ran in a 200-mile overnight race and he wants to run a marathon before he turns 100.

Sellers Meric

The 87-year-old all-star tennis player started playing tennis at the age of 45. He wanted to find a fun sport to play that would complement his quick reflexes and good hand-eye coordination, which is what led him to tennis. Meric and his partner Raymond Breaux are ranked second in the nation in double tennis in the 80-plus division.

Ernestine Shepherd

Shepherd is currently 80 years old and the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. When Shepard was 56, she was inspired to start working out after her sister suddenly passed away from a brain aneurysm. Shepard competed in her first bodybuilding event at the age of 71 and she continues to teach fitness classes and run marathons. 

Steve Rounds

Would you believe that this 87-year-old rower has won a world title 20 times? Rounds began rowing when he retired at the age of 66. His favorite competition and one he dominates is the 2K sprint. In 2014, Rounds competed and won the Rowing Championship in Boston for his age group. 

Tao Porchon-Lynch

When competitive ballroom dancer Tao Porchon-Lynch started practicing yoga 70 years ago, she had no idea she would become the world’s oldest yoga teacher. In 1982, Porchon-Lynch founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga. The 97-year-old Porchon-Lynch also collaborated with the well-known yogi Tara Stiles for a popular yoga DVD and still holds workshops in many locations.

Just because we get older, it doesn’t mean we have to give up physical activity. With help from Home Care Assistance of Milford, seniors will get the emotional and physical boost they need to achieve the wellbeing they deserve during their golden years. In addition to this, we provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s, stroke and Milford dementia care for seniors with more specific needs. Call (203) 444-8575 today to speak with a trusted Care Manager and create a unique care plan for your loved one.


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