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Feros Care proves you’re never too old

Throughout November, care provider Feros Care has been asking the public to 'Get Bold Not Old, to prove that age is just a number.

Margaret McAtasney says age is no excuse to miss out
Margaret McAtasney says age is no excuse to miss out

The organisation wanted to find out what age has to do with happiness and leading a full life. They launched the ‘Boldvember Get Bold Not Old’ photo competition, inviting everyone over 70 to be photographed being ‘Bold Not Old’ and were blow away by the response.

Entries are smashing negative stereotypes about ageing, showing seniors living boldly, ignoring illness and decreased mobility and proving how old you are has nothing to do with having fun.

Diane Akenhead, 77, who entered a photo of her fulfilling a lifetime wish of touching a wild elephant, advises fellow seniors to ignore the pessimists and never give up on dreams. “Take every opportunity you can and run with it,” is her advice.

At 85, Margaret McAtasney taught herself to walk again, and she says age is no excuse to miss out.

“You’ve got to keep laughing – I’ve just done my Zumba workout! You’ve got to join in and things keep getting better,” she says.

Norman Phillips says he'll donate the prize money to aged care fitness programs.

Marathon runner Norman Phillips, was in such good physical shape, doctors operated on his hernia to get him back in the race. If he wins the 92 year old has said he'll donate the prize money to aged care fitness programs.

“You’re never too old to do anything,” Mr Phillips says.

Other entries to the competition include an iron man, a gym fanatic, a boat-builder, and a 92 year old adrenalin junkie – the oldest woman to complete the thrilling Giant Zipline in Fiji.

You can find the BOLDvember entries on the Feros Care website or post your own photo before the end of the month to be in the running for a cash prize.


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