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Keep Dreaming: 5 Inspiring Senior Success Stories to Stay Motivated in Your Retirement Years


Just because you’re retiring doesn’t mean you have to stop dreaming. Here are just a few inspiring seniors to keep you motivated!

Judi Dench

Judi Dench was acting her whole life, but she didn’t make it big until her 60s. After years of small-screen roles in the U.K., her role as “M” in Goldeneye launched her career and made her a global household name.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her 60s when she started writing an autobiographical book she titled Pioneer Girl. She faced a series of rejections from publishers and some suggestions that motivated her to tweak and expand the series for children. The result was one of the most beloved children’s book series, The Little House on the Prairie (Pioneer Girl was published later with stories that were too adult to make it into the kid’s books).

Duncan Hines

Duncan Hines published his first food and hotel guide at 55, Adventures in Good Eating and Lodging for a Night. Hines was also a natural entrepreneur and created the well-known Duncan Hines cake mix brand when he was 73.

Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses was nicknamed Grandma Moses and started her American folk painting career at the age of 78. While Grandma Moses had a childhood dream of art, her farm lifestyle kept her too busy to pursue it. Her art is now displayed in museums across the nation, some sporting million-dollar-plus price tags.

Harry Bernstein

Harry Bernstein started his writing career at the age of 93. Suffering from loneliness, he sought solace in pages, discussing hard-hitting topics. His first published book, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers, hit shelves and hearts in 2007, when Bernstein was 96.

From revitalizing old passions to discovering therapeutic pastimes, these inspiring seniors prove that it’s never too late to succeed. An Independent Living community could offer the perfect opportunity to focus on your senior bucket list, fulfill childhood dreams, and achieve lifelong goals. At Careage, we take care of the small things so you can focus on making the most of your golden years.


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