Sunday, December 11, 2005

achievements at an advanced age, ACTION, Active Corps of Executives

achievements at an advanced age
Many well-known people made major accomplishments in old age. The following is a list of such examples.
1. At 100, Grandma Moses was painting.
2. At 94, Bertrand Russell was active in international peace drives.
3. At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote the play Farfetched Fables.
4. At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.
5. At 91, Adolph Zukon was chairman of Paramount Pictures.
6. At 90, Pablo Picasso was producing drawings and engravings.
7. At 89, Mary Baker Eddy was directing the Christian Science Church.
8. At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall.
9. At 89, Albert Schweitzer headed a hospital in Africa.
10. At 88, Pablo Casals was giving cello concerts.
11. At 88, Michaelangelo did architectural plans for the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
12. At 88, Konrad Adenauer was chancellor of Germany.
13. At 85, Coco Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm.
14. At 84, Somerset Maugham wrote Points of View.
15. At 83, Aleksandr Kerensky wrote Russia and History's Turning Point.
16. At 82, Winston Churchill wrote a History of English Speaking People.
17. At 82, Leo Tolstoy wrote I Cannot Be Silent.
18. At 81, Benjamin Franklin effected the compromise that led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
19. At 81, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished Faust.
20. At 80, George Bums won an Academy Award for his performance in The Sunshine Boys.
Avery, A. C., et al. Successful Aging. New York. Ballantine Books, 1987.

ACTION - ACTION was created by Congress in 1971 as the umbrella agency for federal volunteer programs. The emphasis of all ACTION programs is to enable communities to address local needs through volunteer service.
ACTION programs include FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM (FGP), RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP), SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM (SCP), Volunteers in Service To America (VISTA), National Center for Service Learning (NCSL), and Young Volunteers in ACTION (YVA).
The Office of Volunteer Liaison (OVL) provides links at national, state, and local levels among public and private organizations. There are 10 regional offices throughout the country as well as state offices and numerous local offices, which coordinate, fund and administer all programs within their given areas, including those specifically for the elderly. For more information write:
806 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20525

Active Corps of Executives; See SCORE.


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