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Senior Citizens Sharing Wonderful Stories




War Story #1
87 year old World War II Veteran finally receives his Bronze Star


Love Story #1
Ohio couple dies hours apart - holding hands after 70 years of marriage


Feel Good Story #1
100-year-old math teacher is still working


Feel Good Story #2
Bethlehem at Christmas


101 Year-old Artist finally gets her due Overlooked But Undeterred.


Still Going Strong
Stories of Senior Citizens who continue to be Active






Stories from other Sources, Projects and Websites

StoryCorps
Since 2003, has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants.  The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

HUMAN Extended Version VOL.1 (youtube)
A series of more than 2000 interviews over 3 years conducted throughout 60 countries, real-life stories directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Successfully expresses the collective human experience in all its forms - from deeply personal and wounding stories of poverty, domestic abuse and anguish to tales of love, joy and the euphoria of being alive. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.
The VOL.1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty.
Published on Sep 11, 2015  #WhatMakesUsHUMAN   Human the Movie

An Entertainment icon on Living a Life of Meaning: TV producer Norman Lear (video and interactive text, 20 mins. )

To Live 10,000 Years
Photograph 2 people (1 woman and 1 man) in each of the 50 United States. All of these 100 people must be at least 100 years old. The completed series will represent over 10,000 years of living.

Life Of Elderly Women Living Alone In NYC (photographs)

Alive Inside: The uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.  Music and Memory 

Love for the Elderly
Send Senior Citizens letters of appreciation and inspiration. 

Tapestry
A Growing Collection of Short, Beautiful, Tappable and Wonderful Stories made for reading on your phone.

Year of Giving  (Stories for $10)
365 stories of personal giving.

Guide Posts Inspirational Stories
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope, encouragement, and inspiration to millions across America and the world.

Gapelian Society   (website is gone)
Stories are to be told, and we are building a new medium for them.

The Humorous Side Of Aging

At 102, Reflections On Race And The End Of Life


Longest Married Couple Project

Videos about the lives of Senior Citizens

Caregiving (training films)






Old and Beautiful

Living the Longest and Longevity
Just Some of the People who have Lived Long Lives


Misao Okawa at the Ripe old Age of 115
Misao Okawa celebrating her 115th birthday on March 5, 2013. Born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, Passed away on April 1st, 2015. She lost her appetite about 10 days before she passed at the age of 117. She was survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.



Gertrude Weaver
Gertrude Weaver  (Born July 4, 1898 - April 6, 2015,  116 Years)



Jeralean Talley
Jeralean Talley (Born May 23, 1899 - June 17th, 2015, 116 Years)
American Supercentenarian at the age of 116 years as of May 2015
Jeralean Talley, of Inkster, to turn 116 on May 23. Talley was born in Montrose Georgia on May 23, 1899, one of 12 children. She moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, who died in 1988 at the age of 95. She has lived an active life, still fishes each year and plans to go this summer. Talley gardened and mowed the lawn late into her life, bowled until she was 104 and still fondly recalls her last game — a 200. Those who know Talley best describe her as a wise, strong-willed woman, who uses humor to make points, doesn't complain, gives good advice, has remained positive throughout her life and is open, honest and deeply religious. Advice Jeralean Talley has passed on to friends and family.
1. "Treat people how you want to be treated."
2. "Always do what's right."
3. "You can never, ever pray enough."



Yasutaro Koide
The world's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, has died aged 112 in central Japan. March 13, 1903 – January 19, 2016. Mr Koide died in hospital in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, where he had lived for many years. The super-centenarian, recognized as the world's oldest male at 112 last year, died of heart failure and pneumonia. Mr Koide, a former tailor who was born in Fukui prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming the achievement after another Japanese man who was just a month older died last July. Asked about the key to longevity, Mr Koide had reportedly said: "The best thing to do is avoid overwork and live with joy." Japan is known for the longevity of its people and around a quarter of its population of 127 million is aged 65 or older. It was not immediately clear who would succeed Mr Koide as the world's oldest male. Currently, the world's oldest person is US woman Susannah Mushatt Jones who is 116 and was born on 6 July 1899, according to the Guinness World Records website.



Israel Kristal 112
Yisrael Kristal - (September 15, 1903 – August 11, 2017)
JERUSALEM -- A 113-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world's oldest man, Guinness World Records announced on Friday. Israel Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11. "I don't know the secret for long life, "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why." "There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost." Kristal was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland. He moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionary business in 1920. During the Nazi occupation of Poland he was confined to the ghetto there and later sent to the Auschwitz and other concentration camps. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust. Kristal survived World War II weighing only about 81 pounds - the only survivor of his large family. He moved to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son.



Simone Thiot and Paulette Olivier
Simone Thiot (left) and Paulette Olivier

Paulette and Simone are the oldest twins in France, 104-year-old twins say closeness is the secret. When they were born premature in 1912, doctors gave Paulette and Simone the slimmest chance of survival. But 104 years later, the French twins say there's a simple secret to their longevity: sticking together. Paulette and Simone were born in the central village of Limeray at 11:00 am on January 30, 1912 to Marie Lamolie, a dressmaker, and her husband Joseph, a carpenter. Paulette, widowed at 36, worked as a hairdresser for 15 years in Algeria, then in Paris. Simone, a dressmaker like her mother, lost her husband when she was 64. Neither had any children. The twins, whose only brother died in accident at the age of 99, insist it's their lasting friendship that has kept them going all this time. "We are still alive because we have always stayed close,"  "We pity old people who are alone with no one to visit them." Paulette and Simone spend their time keeping up with current affairs, reading, watching television and listening to music. Simone also regularly writes poems which she keeps in a notebook. Tips for a long life? "A simple life -- no excess. No alcohol. And lots of sport. "We did gymnastics for a long time, and a huge amount of cycling -- almost every day."




Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, an American born in 1899, was both the world's oldest living person and the oldest living woman. She passed May 12th, 2016 Thursday night at a public housing facility for seniors in Brooklyn where she had lived for more than three decades. She had been ill for the past 10 days. Jones was born in a small farm town near Montgomery, Alabama, in 1899. She was one of 11 siblings and attended a special school for young black girls. When she graduated from high school in 1922, Jones worked full time helping family members pick crops. She left after a year to begin working as a nanny, heading north to New Jersey and eventually making her way to New York. Family members said last year that they credited her long life to love of family and generosity to others. Jones never had any children of her own and was married for only a few years.



Emma Morano
Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, passes away at the age 117. She was the last surviving person born in the 1800's. Died Saturday at her home in northern Italy. She was born on Nov. 29, 1899.





List of Oldest Living People (wiki)

List of the Verified Oldest People (wiki)

Average Life Expectancy in the U.S. is 78.8 years.

Nonagenarians: A person who is from 90 to 99 years old.

Centenarian: A person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years

Supercentenarian: Someone who has lived to or passed his/her 110th birthday


Longevity (how to live longer)





Videos of Some of the Worlds most Oldest People

The Oldest Woman in the World Lives 152 Years (youtube)

127-Year-Old Lady Still Healthy In NW China's Xinjiang (youtube)

Amazing 104 year old yogi (youtube)

118 year old Grandmaster Lu Zijian (youtube)

120 Year-Old Woman Refuses to Age (youtube)

Videos of Senior Citizens talking about Inspirational Moments

Still Going Strong Stories





Senior America  Ms. Senior America Beauty Pageant. Woman who have reached the "Age of Elegance," 60 years and older.





more birthdays





Sometimes the Clothes you wear do make a difference.

Swapping clothes with someone younger.