CHICAGO The richest Americans live at least 10 years longer on average than the poorest, but that gap isn't as wide in many communities, especially affluent, highly educated cities, a major study found.

Published in Press Releases
Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:14

More amazing elders

So you think America's elders are idling away their final days in rocking chairs on back porches? Think again. Folks in the second half of their lives are accomplishing great things every day, near and far, and doing it on their own terms. Don't count older adults out just yet, they will prove you wrong time and time again. Elder power is alive and well.

Published in Those Amazing Elders
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:57

Those Amazing Elders

So you think America's elders are just idling away their final days in rocking chairs on their front porches? Think again: Folks in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond will prove you wrong time after time. In this column, we highlight the impressive accomplishments of elders in Maine and elsewhere who, through their own actions, live life to its fullest. So remember, it is best not to sell your parents and grandparents short because 'elder power' is alive and well.

Bill Anderson, a retired veteran, boxer, pilot, police officer, engineer and carpenter, proved it at 78 years of age when he completed a bicycle ride from San Diego, California, to Jacksonville Beach, Florida. According to the, he received a police escort as he completed the last leg of his 3,000-mile trip and successfully raised more than $3,000 for the homeless. This was not Bill's first cycling journey; he had already bicycled from Canada to Mexico and claims to be the first person to cross the U.S. in both directions on a bicycle. Bill lifts weights one hour daily and bicycles up to 100 miles daily. His diet for much of his life has consisted for the most part of vegetables and fruit with various vitamins, minerals, nutrients and botanical supplements. Oh, and here is the hard part: He has never smoked or drank alcohol.

Published in Those Amazing Elders


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