Today’s seniors are the first generation of older Americans to replace the rocking chair with rock climbing, nix the knitting, and choose to use retirement as a time to pursue new interests while taking a few risks, says Kelley D. Hamilton. Today, the co-owner of Bonaventure talks about how some seniors have chosen to outshine earlier generations in the golden years.Q: I understand that it’s not uncommon for senior citizens to remain active well beyond retirement these days. What are a few examples? Kelley D. Hamilton: I could give you dozens and dozens of examples. The first that comes to mind is Mrs. Tao Porchon-Lynch. At 93 years old, she is a popular yoga instructor.
Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes, especially considering that when she was 87 years old she broke her hip. Her doctor told her to slow down after her hip replacement surgery.
Q: Did she follow instructions?
Kelley D. Hamilton: Absolutely not! She wasn’t going to hear that her body would never be the same. There was no way she was going to be easier on herself.
Q: Mrs. Lynch is also pretty notable for something else, correct?
Kelley D. Hamilton: About a month after she had surgery, she started taking ballroom dancing lessons.
Q: Is it true that she has traveled across the United States and Puerto Rico–and also teaches 12 yoga classes each week on top of her dancing schedule?
Kelley D. Hamilton: It’s true. And as amazing as this all may sound, she is not the only near centenarian to complete extraordinary athletic feats
Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes. Take for instance Olga Kotelko: At 92 years old, she is a track and field champion. She holds nearly two-dozen world records.
Q: Do these and other seniors have any common traits?
Kelley D. Hamilton: Across the board, active seniors come from all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status. However, there are a few key similarities.
Q: Like what?
Kelley D. Hamilton: First, I would have to say is their choice to live a healthy lifestyle–eating well and maintaining regular physical activity through their early and middle life stages. Also, the majority of extraordinarily active seniors seem to have a network of solid friendships and a genuine sense of community among their peers.
Q: It sounds like these are the folks who have a real enthusiasm for life.
Kelley D. Hamilton: Absolutely. In our network of retirement communities we see seniors like this every day. Their joy is contagious and I am very blessed to call many of them my friend.
Kelley D. Hamilton is the chief executive officer and co-owner of Bonaventure Senior Living. He joined the company in 2001 as chairman of the board and has helped expand Bonaventure from four locations to 37 communities in six different states. With more than 4,500 units ranging from independent living to private memory care rooms, Bonaventure is one of the West Coast’s most trusted names in senior care.
For additional information about Kelley D. Hamilton or Bonaventure Senior Living, visit www.RetirementPerfected.com.