Amazing and Inspirational Women Making a Difference at 65 and Older

September 10th, 2015 by John Wilson

While living her senior years, Maya Angelou made a difference.

Maya Angelou made a difference while living her senior years.

Women only get wiser and more beautiful with age. However, it can be difficult to recognize this fact of life when you’re in the midst of living your senior years. Whether you’re getting ready to move into a senior living center in Oklahoma City or you’re looking at other living arrangements, you can gain inspiration from these amazing women who have made a difference, despite being beyond retirement age.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Named a Supreme Court Justice at the age of 60, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is only the second woman to hold a position on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has served in this position since 1993 and continues to influence key decisions that impact the rights of women. Her work has made great strides toward creating an equal society for all. In fact, she has been named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 most powerful women.

Georgia O’Keeffe

A renowned artist, Georgia O’Keefe is known for her magnificent paintings of flowers, plants and Southwestern landscapes. She was married to a well-known photographer, Alfred Stieglitz, a pioneer in the photography field. O’Keeffe continued to create works of art, including paintings, sculptures and drawings, until two years before she passed away at the age of 98.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was known for her work in writing, including her recent autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In addition to her books and other writings, Angelou was an advocate for women and other minorities, giving lectures and readings until she was well into her 80s.

Senior living was humorous with Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers enjoyed senior living to its fullest.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers brought new meaning to the world of comedy. She spoke her mind without caring what other people might think of her. Her outspoken attitude toward life brought her the chance to be the first woman to host a late night talk show. Rivers also hosted a daytime talk show, appeared in a number of television shows and was a popular fashion critic. She also earned a Grammy nomination, wrote 12 books and contributed to a number of great causes.

Joan Ganz Cooney

Without Joan Ganz Cooney, there would be no Children’s Television Workshop, which is the company responsible for the creation of children’s shows, including Electric Company and Sesame Street. These contributions to television earned Cooney a number of Emmy awards, along with the lifetime achievement Emmy. She has been inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Born in India, Tao Porchon-Lynch has spent time in her life as a wine expert, model, dancer and actress, as well as a yoga instructor. She began as a full-time yoga instructor in 1967 and made a yoga DVD as recently as 2013 at the age of 94. This work has earned her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest yoga instructor.

Just because you are living your senior years doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love. These women should serve as inspiration of how senior living really should be.

If you’re looking for a senior living center in Oklahoma City, contact us. We take pride in encouraging our seniors to grab a hold of life and live it to their full potential.

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