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7 Incredible Elderly Women You Should Know About

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In this day and age, many people have become more health conscious. Some seniors, however, especially those who have medical conditions, find it difficult to maintain their health and remain productive. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality senior care. Lincoln families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Older adults who remain active and healthy demonstrate that seniors can have productive lives well past the age of retirement. There are many women who have achieved wondrous accomplishments during their golden years. Here are 7 senior women you should know about.

1. Jennifer Figge

Hailing from Aspen, Colorado, Figge dreamed of swimming across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2009, at the age of 56, she entered the water off the Cape Verde Islands along western Africa, swam against 30-foot waves and high winds. Twenty-four days later, this senior athlete had swum 2,160 miles and had ended up on the shores of Chacachacare Island in Trinidad. She had originally planned to journey to the Bahamas. However, she accidentally veered off course. 

2. Harriette Thompson 

In 2015, at the age of 92, this cancer survivor ran a California marathon in less than 7.5 hours and became the oldest woman to complete a 26.2-mile race. On June 4th, 2017, she plans on entering the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon again to break her previous record. Thompson began running at the age of 77 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

3. Jane Goodall

Goodall devoted her life to studying chimpanzees in Tanzania in the Gombe Stream National Park. She also served as professor at Stanford University, Tufts University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University until the age of 68. She continues giving lectures worldwide to educate the public and support animal welfare and conservation. 

4. Jeanne Stawiecki

Once a heavy smoker and in poor health, Stawiecki threw away the cigarettes, vowed to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and started training. From October 2006 to February 2007, she competed in marathons on each of the seven continents. In the spring of 2007, at age 57, she was determined to climb Mount Everest. She succeeded and went on to scale the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents as part of the Seven Summits challenge. Her accomplishment earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records

5. Tamae Watanabe

At the age of 28, this future Japanese athlete began mountain climbing. She scaled Aconcagua, Mont Blanc, and Mount Kilimanjaro. She retired in 2002 at the age of 63. However, she became the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest. A decade later, she completed the grueling feat again at the age of 73. 

6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Ginsburg became the second female judge of the Supreme Court in 1993 at the age of 60. At 84, she continues serving. Ginsburg has been influential in decisions concerning women’s rights. Forbes declared her one of the “100 Most Powerful Women.” 

7. Sister Madonna Buder

This nun from Spokane, Washington, began competing in triathlons at the age of 52. In total, she competed in 50 Ironman events and more than 325 triathlons around the globe. Her tenacity and endurance earned her the nickname “The Iron Nun.” At the age of 86, she continues competing. 

Not every senior is able to accomplish such feats, and some aging adults may even require assistance in their day-to-day life. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there are professional live-in home caregivers Lincoln, NE, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.

Consider hiring a trained caregiver if your loved one has a serious medical condition such as Alzheimer’s. Every senior living with Alzheimer’s deserves high-quality Alzheimer’s home care. Lincoln, NE, families can rely on the caregivers at Home Care Assistance to keep their loved ones safe while managing the symptoms of the disease. Using our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, our caregivers help seniors regain a sense of pride and accomplishment while slowing the rate of cognitive decline. Call (402) 261-5158 to learn more about our home care services, which can be customized to meet your loved one’s needs.