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Resources and information for active, older adults from the University of Illinois Extension
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Oldest Applebee's employee surprised with 90th birthday party

Oldest Applebee's employee surprised with 90th birthday party | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Every weekday for the last 13 years waitress Katherine Walsh has arrived to work the lunch shift at Applebee's in Westampton, Burlington County without fanfare.

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Glen Ellyn, IL grandmother training to walk her 17th marathon

Glen Ellyn, IL grandmother training to walk her 17th marathon | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it
Glen Ellyn grandmother training to walk her 17th marathon
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100-year-old woman works 11-hour days, 6 days a week: 'I don't believe in retirement'

100-year-old woman works 11-hour days, 6 days a week: 'I don't believe in retirement' | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Felimina Rotundo is 100 years old and still works 11 hours a day, six days a week at a Buffalo, New York, laundromat, and to her that seems perfectly normal.

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Oldest living UT football letterman celebrates 103 years

Oldest living UT football letterman celebrates 103 years | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

A party was held Wednesday for the oldest living Longhorn football letterman, who turns 103 on Christmas Eve.

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Loneliness darkens twilight years

Loneliness darkens twilight years | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

On a warm day in the late summer, 86-year-old Audrey Brennan sat in a wheelchair in her small St. Francis apartment, trying not to think of the pain pill that was wearing off and the throbbing in her cheek that had to be an abscessed tooth and the crushing anxiety of how she would ever get to the dentist. Who would drive her?

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98-Year-Old Couple Recreates Wedding Photos 70 Years Later

98-Year-Old Couple Recreates Wedding Photos 70 Years Later | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Cao Yuehua and Wang Devi, both 98 years old, returned to Chongqing's Northern Hot Springs Park on Nov. 24, where they first wed 70 years ago for their anniversary.

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High School Students, Senior Citizens Share Memories on Thanksgiving

High School Students, Senior Citizens Share Memories on Thanksgiving | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

StoryCorps asked Brooklyn, New York, high school students to interview their grandparents for the largest library of human voices.

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Seniors Take Manhattan

Seniors Take Manhattan | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it
How NYC became a global leader for senior living—one Zumba class at a time.
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Online Nutrition and Food Safety Lessons Address Needs of Older Iowans

Online Nutrition and Food Safety Lessons Address Needs of Older Iowans | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Older Iowans can quickly learn about what to eat, how to keep food safe and how to increase their physical activity by trying free online nutrition lessons from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Dance helps seniors age gracefully, with physical and emotional benefits

Dance helps seniors age gracefully, with physical and emotional benefits | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Ballroom dancing is one of the most important pieces of Lana Kuba’s life.  She takes lessons three days a week with longtime instructor Vance Mabry.

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Remarkable Story of 86-Year-Old Marathon Runner

Remarkable Story of 86-Year-Old Marathon Runner | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it
Joy Johnson, 86, started running when she retired and went on to complete more than 50 marathons, including 25 consecutive New York City Marathons.
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ABC News

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Google grants a 97-year-old's wish

Google grants a 97-year-old's wish | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

An amazed Olive Horrell tests out Google Cardboard virtual reality for the first time.

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U of I study: Men, people over 65 sleep better when they have access to nature

U of I study: Men, people over 65 sleep better when they have access to nature | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Men and persons age 65 and older who have access to natural surroundings, whether it’s the green space of a nearby park or a sandy beach and an ocean view, report sleeping better, according to a new University of Illinois study published in Preventive Medicine.

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 College of ACES: University of Illinois

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NYC El Barrio's 'Rooster' Man Still Going Strong at 85

Luis Cajigas, 85, delights residents all over Harlem by riding a tricycle covered in rooster dolls.
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Fear and Hope: Life After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Fear and Hope: Life After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

It was a Friday. Myriam Marquez was driving home from her job as a public defender for the Skagit County Public Defender's Office in Mt. Vernon, Washington, when she came to a four-way stop: "And all of the sudden, I didn't know where I was, and I didn't know whether to turn right, left or go straight.

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US News and World Report

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Chicago Woman Celebrates 109th Birthday

Chicago Woman Celebrates 109th Birthday | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

She’s been alive long enough to see both of the Cubs last two World Series wins and now a Chicago woman is celebrating another birthday.

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98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip

98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

World War II Navy Veteran, 98, looks back on a century of Christmas celebrations and her recent adventures parasailing and motorcycle riding. Next on her list, computer classes.

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U.S Department of Veterans Affairs

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Lifting Their Voices, and Spirits, at a Bronx Nursing Home

Lifting Their Voices, and Spirits, at a Bronx Nursing Home | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it
Lifting Their Voices, and Spirits, at a Bronx Nursing Home
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77-year-old CrossFit athlete Constance Tillet's full-body transformation

77-year-old CrossFit athlete Constance Tillet's full-body transformation | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

A remarkable 77-year-old woman is reshaping more than her body, by breaking a sweat. Constance Tillet is living proof it's never too late to push yourself in the gym.

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Marketing Minute: Smartphone Seniors

Marketing Minute: Smartphone Seniors | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Every morning my 60-year-old father gets up at 5 a.m. Throughout my childhood, I would wake to the sounds of the morning ag show on television. Tidbits about the fat cattle market and the grain trade would filter under my bedroom door, but now the house is practically silent. A faint glow illuminates my parents' living room and a few tap, tap, taps can be heard.

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North Dakota State University

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Grandma, 104, shares secret to long life

Grandma, 104, shares secret to long life | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it
Hazel Smith is far past a sweet 16. She's past her sweet centennial. Born on November 12, 1911, the Omaha woman is celebrating her 104th birthday.
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73-Year-Old Grandfather Completes 50 Marathons In All 50 States

73-Year-Old Grandfather Completes 50 Marathons In All 50 States | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Finishing just one marathon in your lifetime is something to be pretty proud of, but for 73-year-old John Maultsby, it just wasn't enough.

Last Sunday, Maultsby championed a feat few can lay claim to. He finished running a string of 50 marathons -- one in every state.

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Grandmother Finishes NYC Marathon to Raise Money to Fight Grandson's Cancer

Grandmother Finishes NYC Marathon to Raise Money to Fight Grandson's Cancer | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Sondra Rose may have been one of the last people to finish the New York City Marathon on Sunday, but it would be hard to find any racer whose finish was sweeter.

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Prevent Falls Among Seniors in Four Steps

Prevent Falls Among Seniors in Four Steps | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

One of the most important reasons that falls among older adults are so dangerous is the high risk of serious injury.

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To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them

To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them | Seniors: Learning is Timeless | Scoop.it

Daily, breathless announcements arrive in my inbox, heralding technology products for older adults.

A “revolutionary” gait-training robot. An emergency response device said to predict falls. A combination home phone and tablet system that “transforms how older seniors connect with and are cared for by their loved ones.”

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