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5 Record Breaking Seniors in the Guinness Book of World Records

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Senior citizens are simply amazing in the things that they still choose to accomplish with their lives. As recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, here are some senior stories to inspire local seniors and their Colorado Springs, CO, home caregivers.

1. Oldest Person to Get a Tattoo

The oldest person to ever get a tattoo was Jack Reynolds who got his first tattoo when he was 104 years old. The tattoo simply reads ‘”Jacko 6.4.1912.’ His daughter and granddaughter got the same tattoo to raise money for hospice care. Jack had never had a tattoo before, but he managed to break the previous record by 10 years. 

2. Oldest Newlyweds

Despite dating for more than 27 years, George Kirby, 103, and Doreen Luckie, 91, had never been married until George finally popped the question on Valentine’s Day 2015. The couple got married in June 2015 after Doreen had a bachelorette party. 

3. Oldest Person to Abseil

The sport or abseiling down the outside of a building looks like foolishness to many, but that is not the case with Doris Cicely Long. In order to raise money for charity, this brave lady scaled down the Spinnaker Tower when she was 101 years and 55 days old. In the effort, she broke her own record as the oldest person to ever abseil. 

4. Oldest Person to Ever Parachute

The oldest person to ever parachute by herself was Irene O’Shea who took the plunge to raise money for motor neuron disease research, which claimed the life of her daughter. This 100-year-old great-grandmother regularly travels the world on her own, inspiring all that she meets.

5. Oldest Marathon Finisher

While many young people would be hard pressed to run a marathon, Harriette Thompson finished the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon when she was 91 years old. She has run the race every year since 1999, but missed one race when she was battling leukemia.

People can do amazing things when they make up their minds. Do not let age stand in your loved one’s way. Contact Home Care Assistance of Colorado Springs at (719) 822-1229 to help your loved one lead an active and healthy life during the golden years. Our premier in-home Colorado Springs home care encourages seniors to boost overall wellbeing in order to promote vitality and longevity. Let us customize a personalized care plan for your loved one today.

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