ZOOMER Magazine

THIS WAY UP

THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS IN THE JOURNEY

- By Mike Crisolago

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ll you need is love At 112, Puerto Rican Emilio Flores Márquez is confirmed as the world’s oldest man, telling Guinness World Records he attributes his longevity to a life full of love and free of anger.

What, you’ve never seen a 93-yearold woman dressed as a donkey riding

a broomstick? Japanese nonagenari­an Kimiko Nishimoto, who took up photograph­y at 72, is an Instagram sensation thanks to her hilarious photos taken in costume.

Stroke of fortune After she was temporaril­y paralyzed on her dominant right side, a New York woman, 63, discovers she’s a gifted left-handed painter.

A study in the U.S. journal Aging showed lifestyle and dietary changes in participan­ts aged 50 to 72 reduced their biological age by three years in just eight weeks Which means that, after 120 weeks of this interventi­on, Betty White would be young enough to star in a Golden Girls prequel.

Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen, 82, who recently told The Guardian he feels “about 12,” stars as 30-yearold Hamlet Next up for McKellen – playing Frodo Baggins in an age-blind production of Lord of the Rings.

But can McKellen crawl through a mud pit and scale a three-storey wall? A Missouri woman, 81, completes her second Tough Mudder – an extreme, 5-kilometre obstacle course renowned for pushing endurance limits.

“BRB, Henry can’t find his glasses. NVM they were on his head. ROFL” A survey of Americans over 65 shows many learned to text during the pandemic and more than 30 per cent preferred it to phone calls.

A study published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests difficulty falling into a slumber could predict dementia But please don’t lose sleep over it.

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Sir Ian McKellen (left) is reprising the role of Hamlet (above), which he famously tackled in 1971.
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