5 Seniors Who Hold Records in the Guinness Book

By Matt Rogers, 9:00 am on

Some people might think only younger adults hold world records related to physical prowess. However, these people couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, there are many people over 65 who currently hold some impressive records. Pembroke Pines, FL, in-home elder care experts would like you to learn about the lives and accomplishments of 5 aging adults who wowed the world with their stellar athletic feats and entered Guinness World Records.

1. Doris Long

Though she didn’t take up abseiling until she was 85, Doris Cicely Long has kept at it and has even broken her own record for the oldest person to abseil. On July 12th, 2015, at the age of 101 years and 55 days, Long abseiled the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

2. Mieko Nagoaka

At age 100, Japan’s Mieko Nagaoka became the oldest person to complete in a 1500m freestyle swim. Crediting her longevity to a good diet and an active lifestyle, Nagaoka began swimming in her late 80s and hopes to continue to swim competitively for years to come.

3. Angela Vorobeva

The record for the oldest person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro belongs to retired Russian teacher Angela Vorobeva. She reached Uhuru Peak on October 29th, 2015, at the age of 86 years and 267 days. The ascent took seven days, but the descent took only one day.\

4. Ed Whitlock

On October 16th, 2016, at age 85, lifelong runner Ed Whitlock of Ontario, Canada, smashed the world record for marathon running in the 85-to-89 age group by finishing the Toronto Marathon in less than 4 hours. The previous record was just over 4 ½ hours and was set in 2004.

5. Abraham Pervin

Not planning to retire anytime soon, Canadian boxer Abraham “Abe” Pervin started training boxers when his own boxing career ended in the 1950s. He has been coaching ever since. At 95, he received the world record for oldest boxing coach. He works year-round, 5 hours a day, 4 days a week.

Your elderly loved one doesn’t have to be a world record holder to enjoy an active life well into the golden years. A caregiver from Pembroke Pines Home Care Assistance can encourage him or her to get out of the house and engage in physical activity. Our caregivers also make wonderful social companions and can assist with a wide array of household tasks. For more information on the live-in and respite care Pembroke Pines, FL, seniors can count on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (954) 374-8273 to request a free in-home consultation.

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