Because you are never too old to achieve great things, read these inspirational stories, that will move your heart and change your life!!!
…to pass a driving test
The oldest person to pass a driving test is the late Lord Renton, a Tory peer and former minister, who did so shortly before his 95th birthday in 2003.
He’d actually been driving since the early 1930s but back then there was no formal driving test. Older drivers face no restrictions apart from being obliged to renew their licence every three years after their 70th birthday.
…to win an Oscar
The oldest male and female Oscar winners are Jessica Tandy, at the age of 80, and Christopher Plummer, aged 82.
Jessica, a British-American stage and film actress, enjoyed a 67-year career before her death in 1994. She appeared in more than 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV.
She won her Oscar for 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy for which she also received a coveted BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
Christopher Plummer made his film debut in 1958’s Stage Struck. The Canadian is probably best known as widower Captain von Trapp, who sings Edelweiss in the hit 1965 musical film The Sound of Music.
He won numerous awards over his seven-decade career but his first Oscar came for Best Supporting Actor in, ironically, Beginners in 2012.
PA – Oldest democracy: The Houses of Parliament
…to be Prime Minister
The oldest person to become PM was Lord Palmerston at the age of 71. Born in 1784, he entered the House of Commons at the age of 23. For 20 years he was a junior minister in a Tory government before changing parties, becoming the most successful Whig Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister in 1855.
Serving twice as PM, he was the most recent to die on office. After catching a chill that led to a violent fever he died, aged 80, in 1865.
Palmerston was only the fourth non royal to be given a state funeral – after Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
…top the album chart
Singer Dame Vera Lynn made British chart history this year by becoming the oldest living artist to reach the Top 20.
The Forces’ Sweetheart, who celebrated her 97th birthday in March, entered the UK’s Official Albums Chart at number 13 with Vera Lynn: National Treasure and then topped it.
…to be a doctor
Wisdom comes with age and Dr Leila Denmark certainly had both on her side. The American paediatrician was still working until her retirement on May 2001 at the age of 103.
She was also a super centenarian, living to be 114 years old.
Getty – New boy: Kimani Nganga Maruge, 84
…to start school
Former Mau Mau fighter Kimani Maruge enrolled in the first year at the age of 84 on January 12, 2004. He said the Kenyan government’s announcement of universal and free elementary education in 2003 prompted him to learn to read. And he didn’t stop there. In 2005 Maruge was elected head boy. He did have maturity on his side…
…to run a marathon
Oldest woman to complete a marathon was Gladys Burrill from Hawaii, who was 92 years old.
She power walked and jogged the Honolulu Marathon in nine hours 53 minutes, earning herself the nickname “Gladyator”.
She had run her first marathon aged 86.
…to get a pilot’s licence
Retired Lt Col James C Warren is a former navigator of the Tuskegee Airmen – the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces.
At the ripe old age of 87 he became the world’s oldest person to receive his pilot’s licence.
Getty – Because it’s there: Yuichiro Miura (right) and his son Gota at base camp
…to climb Everest
An 80-year old Japanese mountaineer reached the summit of Mount Everest last year – and incredibly even did it after heart surgery. Yuichiro Miura, first climbed Everest when he was 70 and then again at 75. After his last climbed he said: “I think three times is enough.”
In 1970, while still a youngster, Miura skiied down Everest, using a parachute to slow his descent.
…to get a book published
Bertha Wood, born in 1905, had her first book, Fresh Air and Fun: The Story of a Blackpool Holiday Camp published on her 100th birthday on June 20, 2005. The book is based on her memoirs, which she began writing at the age of 90. Talk about procrastinating…
…to go into space
John Glenn made history when, at the age of 77, he became the oldest person to travel in space.
Born on July 18, 1921, the American had been a pilot and a US senator when he was selected for the Mercury Seven – the elite Military test pilots picked by NASA to operate the Mercury spacecraft and become the first US astronauts.
Rex – Leap of faith: Mohr Keet makes his jump at 96
…to do a bungee jump
At 96, South African Mohr Keet became the oldest bungee jumper ever. Disproving any myth that you become more fearful as you get older, he jumped from South Africa’s Western Cape, which has a 708ft drop. It was his fifth jump and the pensioner also admitted to enjoying white water rafting and parachuting. You only live once.
Rex – Oldest mum: Elizabeth Adeney with Jolyon
…to give birth
At 66, Elizabeth Adeney from Suffolk became Britain’s oldest mum when she gave birth to a son in 2009. She had undergone IVF treatment in Ukraine. Carole Hobson from Kent will be 62 this month – but on Christmas Eve 2010 became Britain’s oldest mother of twins. Freida and Matthew were conceived using donor embryos at an Indian clinic following four failed IVF attempts. The oldest mum in the world is Rajo Devi Lohan who gave birth in 2008 aged 69. The Indian, who fell pregnant following IVF treatment, nearly died from complications during delivery.
…to be a dad
Raymond Calvert, 79, was overjoyed at the birth of son Jamie Rai with partner Charlotte, 25, in 2010. The retired Lancashire market trader also has six grown-up children.
But he’s got nothing on the world’s oldest dad.
Indian farmer Ramjeet Raghav, became a dad at the age of 94 in 2010 when wife Shakuntala gave birth, aged 58, to their son Vikramjeet.