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People who Have Achieved Success over the age of 55

People who Have Achieved Success over the age of 55

It used to be the case that people over a certain age where considered ‘past it’ or less valuable to society.
However, with better healthcare and improved standards of living people are living longer - more than a
1/3 of the UK population are now aged now over 50. Because of this, attitudes to older generations are
changing. People expect to be able to stay in their homes for longer and due to the availability of
mobility scooters, stair lifts, wheelchairs, daily living aids & bathroom modifications this is more
achievable. They have expectations to enjoy more leisure time and they have ambitions to travel and to
learn new things, simply for enjoyment.

For some people reaching one of the upper age milestones can be a new beginning. There are
many people who actually achieved their greatest successes after the age of 55. Below we have
listed a few examples of individuals who have made a difference to society later in life:

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill twice served as British Prime Minister and was, perhaps, the most famous of all; his first period in charge of the nation came during the Second World War. Churchill first came to be Prime Minister at the age of 66 in 1940, while the second time he entered Number 10 he was 77. In a 2002 BBC poll Churchill was voted the greatest Briton of all time.

Anna Sewell

At the age of 57, Anna Sewell sold her now famous novel Black Beauty to Jerrold’s, the local publisher where she lived in Norwich. The book, which was originally written for people with an interest in horses, went on to become a children’s classic.

Peter Mark Roget

Although a successful doctor, Roget is best known for his publication of the first Thesaurus, a compilation of words and phrases that are organised according to meaning. In 1852, when the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus was printed, he was 73 years of age.

Sir Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Hitchcock is considered the best British director of all time, but his peak years came when he was in his fifties. Psycho is widely believed to be Hitchcock’s best film and he was 61 at the time of its release.

Edmond Hoyle

While you may not recognise the name, you will certainly recognise that for which Hoyle is famous. Hoyle is believed to be the first person to record the rules of a number of card games and was aged around 70 when he first began writing. His book A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist was a smash hit, with more than a dozen editions eventually released.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder – For some of us, The Little House on the Prairie was a television show we grew up with. It featured the Ingalls family and their life in the late 1800s. The television show was adapted from the book Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which was not published until she was 64 years of age.

Mother Theresa

This well-known and much-loved nun was famous for her work with the sick and the poor. At the age of 69, Mother Theresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

Colonel Harland Sanders

We all know Colonel Sanders as the creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken, but did you know that he was 65 when he opened the first in a long line of fast food restaurants?

Grandma Moses

The famous American artist did not begin painting until she was 76 and only started because arthritis made her passion of embroidering too painful. She continued painting until the age of 101; some of her works of art have sold for thousands of dollars.

Ronald Reagan

Despite being a recognised actor, Regan is best known for his stint as the President of the United States; he was 70 years of age when he became the 40th US President.

As they say, age is only a number and the above individuals prove that, no matter how old you are, you can still have a vital role to play in society. Experience and more confidence are certainly defining factors for success – those aged over 50 usually have plenty of both.

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