70 is the new 30? Inspiring Stories of Healthy Longevity

I’m impressed… barefoot waterskiing is hard. Who knows how many more decades he’ll be doing this if he gets on rapamycin :wink:


Podcast with the author of this new book:

The Big 100: The New World of Super-Aging


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I would be curious to hear more precisely what they mean by this, seeing as maximum eccentric loads can be 110-140% of maximum concentric loads. If you lower, under control, 40% more weight than the most you can lift one time I’m not surprised that’s all it takes.

@len5742 , I hope that we will oneday beat this guy :wink:

The Rim-to-Rim is a burly hike: At 24 miles in length and with more than 10,000 feet of climbing, it’s a challenge for anyone. But last month, 92-year-old Alfredo Aliaga set a new bar when he broke a Guinness world record (pending verification) by becoming the oldest person to complete it.

The hike took Spanish-born Aliaga 21 hours over the course of two days to complete. He succeeds former record holder John Jempka, who made the trip at 91 years and 152 days of age.


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By the time an exhausted Betty Brussel finally swims to the finish and pulls herself from the pool, an Olympic athlete could have covered the same distance at least three times. But the 99-year-old Canadian’s quiet determination has led her to shatter world records and transformed her into an unlikely celebrity within the amateur swim community.

At a weekend swim meet in the British Columbia city of Saanich, Brussel broke the existing world record in the 400-metre freestyle, knocking nearly four minutes off the previous standard in the 100- to 104-year-old age class. She repeated her record-breaking performances in 50-metre backstroke and the 50-metre breaststroke that same day.

“When I’m racing, I don’t think about anything. Nothing. I just count the laps, so that I know how many I have left. I always try to find a pace that I can sustain – you’re asking a lot from your body in these races. And on the last lap, well, I give it everything I have.”

Born in Holland in 1924, Brussel and her siblings learned to swim in the canals near Amsterdam.


Rumor has it she sneaks down to the Buck Institute (about an hour south of where she lives near Mendocino, Ca) to participate in the latest longevity clinical trials :wink:


I’ve been following this discussion on inspiring stories of healthy longevity and noticed that we’ve missed mentioning someone truly remarkable - Greta Pontarelli. At 73, Greta is a 13-time World Pole Art Pole Sport Champion, and what’s even more impressive is that she embarked on this journey at 59 https://www.youtube.com/@gretapontarelli .

I’ve always admired Greta Pontarelli, not only for her breathtaking skills and achievements but also for the powerful message she embodies. She has been a source of inspiration for me, especially in moments of doubt. I practice pole dancing/pole fitness, and I’ve encountered my share of raised eyebrows and misconceptions, particularly among those who consider themselves too “posh” or “intellectual” and somehow find gymnastics acceptable but cringe at pole fitness/dancing. Yet, when I introduce them to Greta’s story, their perspectives often shift. Greta’s performances, characterized by her sparkling bikinis and her effortless grace on the pole, are nothing short of mesmerizing. It’s hard to believe that she started this journey as a means to combat osteoporosis. She is my favorite shining example of how it’s never too late to start something new, to challenge societal norms, and to transform stereotypes into awe-inspiring stories of success and health. Her journey has given me the strength to proudly share my passion for pole dancing/fitness in any setting, dismantling prejudices one performance at a time.

Let’s keep celebrating all those who inspire us to pursue our passions, regardless of age or societal expectations and keep sharing new stories of inspiration.


Those all are tremendous cases that the health span, probably and life span, is depended mainly on workout-exercise continues program and feeding like a pro athlete in longevity!!!


She has to be the winner, that image is astonishing!

87 year old paddling the entire Mississippi River.

“I’m only 5’6” and sometimes I think I wanted to overcome my stature and show that I’m bigger than I really am,” he told me then. “All my life I’ve had a competitive spirit.”

It was that competitive—some might say stubborn—spirit that led Sanders, now 87, to do it all over again. Sanders had a title to reclaim. His record on the Mississippi had been broken by 81-year-old Stan Stark in 2020.

So, in June 2022, Sanders set out in his 15-foot canoe, Perseverance, and invited a documentary crew along for the ride. The resulting 90-minute film, Greybeard: The Man, The Myth, The Mississippi, chronicles Sanders’ journey from the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico—as well as provides the origin story for the serial record-setter.

The film website:



Greybeard says he’s able to paddle the length of the Mississippi at 87 because he stays happy and goes to church.

Sounds like an amazing guy, but I don’t think most people could replicate his results with that formula.


My helps is along the way though!

The biology of emotion—and what it may teach us about helping people to live longer