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4 Senior Explorers with Inspirational Stories

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on

Rhode Island senior care experts believe it is possible to accomplish incredible feats in the golden years. The following 4 elderly explorers are true inspirations and proof age is just a number.

1. Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Fiennes is a 72-year-old poet, published author, and English explorer who impressively holds many endurance records. In 1993, he joined nutritionist Dr. Mike Stroud to become the first people to cross the Antarctic continent by foot and unsupported. This journey was completed in 93 days. In May 2009, Fiennes had the remarkable experience of climbing the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 65. 

2. Anthony Smith

Smith was a senior adventurer who passed away at the age of 88 in 2014. He piloted hot-air balloons everywhere from East Africa to the Alps. In 2011, Smith and three volunteers, none younger than 56 years old, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a custom-built raft they named An-Tiki. He funded the trip with compensation money he received from a car accident. After 2,800 miles and 66 days, Smith and his crew successfully finished their adventure on the island of St. Martin located in the Caribbean. 

3. Ray Woodcock

Woodcock is a 74-year-old dynamo who tied the world record for the highest civilian skydive at the age of 70. He has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity, which was a grueling yet rewarding climb that took him up 19,340 feet. Woodcock also traveled to Asia to explore the jungles of Borneo, where he lived with a tribe of headhunters and spent many days climbing Mount Kinabalu and caving underground.

4. Edmund Hillary 

Hillary was a senior explorer and mountaineer from New Zealand who passed away in 2008 at the age of 88. In 1985, he and Neil Armstrong boarded a tiny twin-engine ski plane and made the incredible journey of flying over the Arctic Ocean and landing at the North Pole. He also impressively climbed the summit of Mount Everest and Mount Ollivier. 

Though exploring the farthest reaches of the Earth isn’t for everyone, families should still encourage their elderly loved ones to set goals and work toward reaching them. If your loved one needs help setting personal health goals, reach out to Home Care Assistance. With the help of our proprietary Balanced Care Method, your loved one can focus on healthy eating, regular exercise, and other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Rhode Island families can trust. For more information on our senior care services, call (401) 284-0979 to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a free in-home consultation.