Author and Cornell University professor of gerontology Karl Pillemer has discovered through 1500 interviews that large numbers of people over the age of 65 have started new creative, relationship, or work-related endeavors or achieved life dreams.

While the U.S. continues to promote and value a youth-oriented culture, evidence abounds that it is possible to enjoy success at any age, so long as you are open to new experiences and cognitively and physically able to do what appeals to you.

Here are some inspiring examples:

  • Lucille Gang Shulklapper, now 80, published her first book of poetry at age 60.
  • Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida at 64.
  • Colonel Sanders started KFC in his 60s.
  • Frank McCourt won the Pulitzer Prize for “Angela’s Ashes” at 66.
  • Jan Hively earned her University of Minnesota doctorate of education in her 70s and believes she is doing her most meaningful work now in her 80s, working to empower other older adults.

May we pursue our path at every age, and find meaning in everything we choose,

Best wishes,

Elizabeth