Aging in Place Inspiration: 4 Famous Accomplishments Made Late in Life
Posted on June 09, 2014
Updated 8/28/15 8:57am | Alert1
knows firsthand that aging
in place can be exciting and fruitful. It does not have to be boring! Too
many people believe that if you have passed a certain age you can no longer
pursue your dreams. Don’t believe that cliché about not being able to learn new
in place allows you pursue your dreams. There are many inspirational people
who achieved wild success in their golden years. The four below are
excellent examples. They did not let their age get in their way, and neither
Can you paint with arthritis? - Grandma Moses
Robertson Moses, known as Grandma Moses, is one of the most well-known American
folk artists. In 1960, she was featured on the cover of LIFE® magazine. The
Governor of New York, Nelson Rockefeller, stated on her 101st birthday that there was “no more
renowned artist in our entire country today.” When she died at the
stately age of 101 in 1961, President John F. Kennedy praised her and her
paintings, saying “all Americans mourn her loss."
Grandma Moses was 76 when she
first began to paint. She had no formal training. She began with embroidery,
but switched to paint due to her senior
onset arthritis which made it hard to hold a needle. She painted every day
for 25 years, creating more than a thousand paintings. Her big break came in
1938, when an art collector saw her paintings for sale for a few dollars in her
local drug store. He bought all of her available paintings, and included them
in a show in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Grandma Moses’ work caught
the attention of art collectors all over the world, and her art is still
popular today. Her paintings have toured throughout Europe and Japan, and hang
in museums all over the world.
Are you too old to publish a novel? - Laura Ingalls Wilder
In this era, publishing your work
is vastly accelerated with fascinating
Ebooks and public
blogs and forums. Not having access to digital platforms didn’t hold back this
American writer. Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first of the best-selling
“Little House” books in 1932, when she was 64. She wrote to preserve her
memories and like most aging
seniors on a tight budget, she needed the additional income. That money was
greatly needed after the Stock Market Crash of 1929 wiped out her investments.
Her books documented her childhood as a pioneer on the American frontier.
who love to garden, Wilder’s first job was farming and tending to crops, helping
her husband Almanzo Wilder. On the side, Ms. Wilder also worked as a teacher.
Her writing career began in 1911 when she began to work for the Missouri Ruralist, where she
wrote a column from the perspective of a farm woman. Her daughter was the one
who encouraged her to continue to write and to document the story of her
childhood. Wilder went on to write and publish 12 books in total. The “Little
House on the Prairie” was adapted into a successful television show, which
still airs around the world. Her stories are widely loved, and her books are
still in print today.
Can you be successful after losing your job late in life? - Colonel Sanders
Colonel Sanders is the founder of
Kentucky Fried Chicken® (KFC). He did many jobs over the course of his life,
including fireman, insurance salesman, railroad laborer, and ferry boat company
owner. The Great Depression caused many of his newly started enterprises to
fail. Colonel Sanders first began cooking on the side in 1930, serving his food
to customers of his Shell® service station. In 1939, he acquired a motel in
Asheville, North Carolina. After many hot oil burns and smoking
kitchens with set off fire alarms, the Colonel began to create his secret
recipe for frying chicken. However, the beginning of World War II caused
tourist traffic to slow, and Sanders was forced to close his motel. He jumped
between a couple of other unsuccessful jobs, before deciding to use his fried
chicken recipe to make it big.
In 1955, when he was 65, he began
pursuing the fried chicken business in earnest, traveling the US to build
franchises. By the mid-1960s, it was one of the first fast food chains to have
locations internationally. KFC was wildly popular, rapidly expanding to 600
locations. In 1964, Sanders sold KFC for $2 million, and continued to be a
brand ambassador for the business.
What impact can your hobby have? - Peter Mark Roget
Have you ever used a Thesaurus?
You have Peter Mark Roget to thank for that list of synonyms. Roget was forced
to retire from his position at London’s Royal Society at the age of 70. While
working there he had done much important work for mathematics and science, and
he wasn’t ready to stop his work. Roget had always used list-making as a coping
mechanism to battle his depression. In 1848, he decided to use this skill and
his scientific approach to create a way to group words not by definitions
and specific term descriptions, but according to other classifications of
their meaning. As Roget put it, it was to help its users “to find the word, or
words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed.”
In 1852, when Roget was 73, this
catalogue of synonyms was published. It had the extensive title of “Thesaurus
of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the
Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.” Even after its
publication, Roget continued to revise his work. During his lifetime, the
thesaurus had 28 printings. After Roget’s death, the thesaurus was continued by
his son and subsequently his grandson. Since its publication, Roget’s thesaurus
has never been out of print. It is still widely used around the world.
Aging in place allows you to follow your dreams
and women are such a great inspiration. Here at Alert1,
we want you to be able to achieve your dreams and goals. Creating an aging in
place plan is the perfect way to start. Let our medical alert
system be your safety
net, so you can be free of those worries about your age or medical emergencies.
We will watch out for you, so you can get started with painting, writing,
collecting, or whatever else it is that tickles your fancy. Stay safe and
independent and pursue those dreams!
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