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Top 5 Extraordinary Seniors in the Guinness Book of World Records

There are many activities seniors enjoy participating in as they grow older. Some seniors have even earned spots in the Guinness Book of World Records doing what they love. Boca Raton, FL, home care professionals suggest you share these inspirational stories with your loved one to encourage him or her to stay physically active.

1. World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher

The world’s oldest yoga teacher, Tao Porchon-Lynch turned 98 years old this year, and she says she has no intention of giving up her career. She hopes to add another record to her career soon, as the world’s oldest competitive ballroom dancer. Frederick Salter, who was 100 years and 245 days old when he set it, currently holds the record.

2. World’s Oldest Competitive Sprinter

In September 2015, Hidekichi Miyazaki became the oldest competitive sprinter in the world at the age of 105. He finished the race in 42.22 seconds, but he says he is very disappointed because his goal was to finish the race in less than 35 seconds. Miyazaki’s accomplishment is even more inspirational because he never competed in a race until he was in his 90s.

3. World’s Oldest Person to Abseil

Doris Cicely Long became the oldest person to abseil on July 12th, 2015, when she was 101 years and 55 days old. She descended down the side of the Spinnaker Tower from a height of 305 feet and still holds the record. She has set this record several times, using each occasion to earn money for her favorite charities.

4. World’s Oldest Marathon Runner

In 2013, 69-year-old Larry Malcolm ran 239 marathons in a single year. He started running marathons at the Baton Rouge Marathon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on December 1st, 2012. His last marathon was the Dozen Sweet Potatoes PM Marathon in San Antonio, Texas, on November 30th, 2013. He has run 6,281.6 miles altogether. His 2013 record still stands and is the fourth time he broke his own record.

5. World’s Oldest American Football Player

When Paul L. Morton played as a defensive back for the Stateline Miners in 2008, he became the oldest person to ever play American football. He was 67 years old at the time and still holds the record.

There are many inspiring seniors doing remarkable things with their lives. While breaking a world record may not be a goal for every senior, you can encourage your loved one to exercise and work toward a healthier lifestyle. Consider hiring a live-in or hourly caregiver Boca Raton families can count on. Our caregivers can provide the encouragement and support your loved one needs to stay physically active. Call Home Care Assistance at (561) 826.9282 to learn more about the home care options we offer.