By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.
If you think life has passed you by because you are now in your 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s, I urge you to think again.
Here are just a few reasons why:
Less than a month ago, Betty White starred in a video that spoofed a highly popular Miley Cyrus video. Betty is 91 years old. Her video promotes her television show Off Their Rockers. Betty’s video already has racked up nearly two million views.
Renowned American folk artist Grandma Moses did not take up oil painting until she was in her mid-70s. She started painting because her hands no longer allowed her to do embroidery. Over the next 25 years, she turned out more than 1,000 works of art. Anna Mary Robertson Moses lived to be 101; she continued painting under shortly before she died.
Harlan David Sanders was 65 years of age when he turned a lemon into lemonade. He was operating a popular service station that served food. The opening of an interstate highway threatened his operation. He responded by selling everything that he owned and starting Kentucky Fried Chicken, giving us Finger-Lickin Good food and Colonel Sanders.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura did not publish her first book until she was 64 years old. Over the next 12 years, she authored the “Little House” series of children’s novels. The books spawned the “Little House on the Prairie” television show, with Melissa Gilbert playing Laura.
Franklin and Eddy
At the age of 70, Benjamin Franklin was the oldest person to sign our country’s Declaration of Independence. He not only was one of the 56 signers, he worked with the Continental Congress to help write the document. Just before he died at the age of 84, he wrote an Anti-Slavery treatise.
Mary Baker Eddy launched the Christian Science Monitor, a leading international newspaper, when she was 86 years of age.
I like Grandma Moses’ observation that it’s not the painting that is important, it’s keeping busy.
Or, as I have heard from so many of the residents of the assisted living communities that we operate, it is so important to have purpose in life – a reason for getting out of bed each and every day.
We invite you to share other examples of older adults who have purpose in life and are keeping busy.
All affordable assisted living communities managed by BMA Management, Ltd. are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“BMA Management, Ltd. is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”
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