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Because Market is proud to be sponsoring six incredible women at this year's National Senior Athletic Games organized by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA). These extraordinary women are changing the narrative on what's possible for athletes over 60. Pushing back against stereotypes of the limits aging bodies face, these women take back their autonomy, health, and happiness as they Live Life Fully.
Eleanor poses with the friend who introduced her to the National Senior Athletic Games.
I was never athletic. I began in 2009 when a friend at the gym suggested the Senior Olympics. I laughed and said, you gotta be kidding! I've been so disabled with MS all these years. She said, try it. You'll really enjoy it. So I joined a local track club and raced with them every weekend, and gradually built up my strength before trying the Senior Games. It's one of the best things I've ever done.
Eleanor poses with the Inspiration Award that she was awarded at 35th Annual Bristol 5K.
I’m still involved in the SilverSneakers program, and I live in a downtown community close to some parks so I do a lot of walking. I walked about three miles around the parks and then gradually started walking around different neighborhoods that I'd never been in. Seeing new people and new things and enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine. I feel so much better when I come back home.
Eleanor in action on the track.
That's hard to say. Probably the fact that I can still walk and run. I've had both knees replaced. They went in and put titanium rods in the top and the bottom of one leg and a new knee. I had a couple of bad falls on some of these walks around town, so they replaced the rod in the lower leg, and the two bones in the lower leg had come loose from the kneecap. They reattach those and put in another new knee. Nine months later, I was able to run and jump and my Senior Olympics with no pain.
Never give up. There's always something you can do. Whether it's just walking up and down the hall where you live or seated exercises. You can watch TV and get some ideas, or you can go to fitness centers like I did and learn from those people. But you don't have to sit and be a couch potato for the rest of your life. You may have some physical difficulties that may not be improved, but there's always something that you can do.
I think that's a pretty common thing for people as they age. And it's nothing to be embarrassed about because so many people have the problem. My doctor put me on medication for that for a while, but I decided that I didn't really need that. Before I leave the house always go to the bathroom. And when I take precautions like that, I don't need the medication. If I'm going to take a long trip, or when I'm in the games, I make sure that I wear bladder shields, and that takes care of it. I don't think it's something that people need to be embarrassed about.
Stay tuned for more exclusive content from the 2023 National Senior Games, advice on how to get active, and interviews from our inspiring athletes.
Click here to check out our last interview with 82-year-old Boston Marathoner and Gold Medalist Ellen Demsky!