Ageing joyfully: meet the older people defying senior stereotypes

From ballet dancing to mountain climbing and from art to athletics, we meet seven older people who prove that later life can be anything but dull

Britain’s oldest ballet dancer

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A former prisoner of war in Japan, John Lowe realised a lifelong ambition when he took up ballet at the age of 79. By the time he approached his 90th birthday, Lowe was dancing professionally, rehearsing at his local dance school in Ely, Cambridgeshire, three times a week and practicing at home every day to stay in shape. “Find something that will completely change your life,” he recommends. “Ballet enables me to keep my spine straight and to trick time.

The artist raging against beige

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“Don’t wear beige – it could kill you!” warns New York-born, London-based artist Sue Kreitzman. Kreitzman describes herself as “not really an old woman, just cleverly disguised as one”, and has swapped a successful career as a cookery book writer for life as an artist. She is also known for her colourful outfits.

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The oldest professional model in the world

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89-year-old Daphne Selfe is the world’s oldest professional fashion model: she grew up during the second world war and has been gracing magazine covers since 1949. “Less of the ‘old’ please, I’m still a teenager inside!” she says.

The oldest person to scale Everest

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Yuichiro Miura, then 80, reached the summit of…

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