On August 9 2017, Singapore celebrated its 52nd Birthday. One of the highlights was Grandma Mary's Guitar Solo at the National Day Parade – Singapore’s grandest annual event. 81-year-old Grandma Mary, as she is popularly known, is an internet sensation, having cut her own Latin Rock album. She started playing the guitar at 60, fulﬁlling a lifelong dream to learn the instrument.
Grandma Mary is one of the many golden grannies who made news this quarter.
These women illustrate that age is just a number, that old age can be looked at as teenage – when you can dare to dream and work to achieving those and that you never retire from your passion.
82-year-old Masako Wakamiya, from Japan was introduced as the oldest app developer at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Wakamiya's app, called Hinadan, is based on Doll Festival which celebrates the well-being of girls. The app is widely embraced by elderly women, who enjoy playing it with their daughters, nieces & grandchildren.
Punching the air and battling with large wooden sticks, this great-great grandmother from china is a martial arts pro. Zhang Hexian, 94, has been practicing her combat moves for nine decades. She can joust with men half her age, using a large stick-like weapon.
91-year old, Kimlan Jinakul, in Thailand has earned a college degree after spending more than 10 years studying for it and has received her diploma from the country’s king. “If we do not study, do not read, do not know, then we won’t be able to speak and make sense,” she says.
98-year-old V Nanammal of India, is recognized as the oldest yoga instructor in India, and the second oldest in the world. Around 600 students that learned yoga from her have become yoga instructors themselves.
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