I’m just beginning to blog, but I’ve worked as a writer, editor or publisher for most of my career. Latest interest because I’ve been writing a mystery novel set in a retirement village, is countering the negative stereotypes I’ve encountered as a result. Many people confuse “retirement village” with “old folks’ home” or even more odious, “nursing home.” A retirement village, especially the one in my novel, is more like a cruise ship and a lot more fun than living alone and “independently” in your own home.

 And people in their 90s and 100s are not necessarily drooling vegetables. I’ve been collecting news items about older people.  Several are below. I’d welcome your comments and examples.

At age 92 in 2008, Daniel Schorr still regularly covered the news for NPR.

Well-known writer of gothic suspense romances, Phyllis A. Whitney was 94 when her last romance novel, Amethyst Dreams, came off press in 1997. She died in February, 2008, at age 104.

Fay G. Wells, aircraft pilot and journalist, landed a small plane at Elizabeth, NJ, on her 92nd birthday. Shortly before she died in 2002 at age 94 in Fairfax, VA, she addressed an audience at a ceremony in which she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She received a standing ovation.

Polly Lauder Tunney

Polly Tunney inherited the Carnegie Steel fortune and married heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney. She was an accomplished horsewoman, sailor and swimmer and drove a car until she was 93. She died in Stamford, CT., April, 2008, at age 100.