FOCUS ON SENIORS: Livin’ on the edge

Opinion Aug 11, 2015 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Age is just a number.

Life doesn't have to stop when that number creeps up to 65 and society slaps a senior citizen sticker on you.

Beverly Caskenette and Marilyn Henderson are using those numbers to push themselves to do things they would never have considered doing when they were younger.

“I didn't really like to do risky things when I was younger,” Henderson said.

“But I'm not going to stop doing things just because I'm over 65. I have to push through it because the alternative sucks.”

The friends both celebrated their 70th birthdays and 50 years of friendship this year. They wanted to make it memorable, fun and push themselves out of their comfort zone.

The Brantford residents did the Edge Walk at the CN Tower in Toronto on Monday morning.

They walked 150 metres around the tower, more than 350 metres above the ground.

“It was exciting,” Henderson said. “We had a fantastic time.”

The pair walked out onto the deck in harnesses and jump suits with a group of people. A guide encouraged them to walk out, look down and up, walk around the circumference of the tower and then lean back, over the edge and lift your toes off of the platform.

“It was exciting. The first few steps were, like, 'OK,' but after a few minutes it was good,” Henderson said.

“As seniors you have to do what you can do, while you can still do it.”

Henderson and Caskenette want to live their lives to the fullest and won't quit just because they suffer for it a bit after.

As hairdressers, both women stood, bent and hunched for most of their careers and suffer from many aches and chronic joint pains, but they won't let that stop them.

“We manage. It's just something you have to deal with as you get older and we push through,” Henderson said

This wasn't their first adventure and they don't intend to stop anytime soon.

The celebration started in June when the pair went to Mexico. That was all it was supposed to be – a relaxing trip to celebrate their birthdays and friendship.

But they got themselves into an addictive hobby: thrill seeking.

They went parasailing on the pacific ocean. Then they went on 11 zip lines over the jungle that ended in the water.

“It was exhilarating, it was breathtaking. It makes your heart skip a beat,” Henderson said.

“We just loved it.”

They couldn't get enough, so they did the Edge Walk, they plan to go to Italy in October to relax with a group at a vineyard in Tuscany.

“We'll just see what kind of adventures find us,” Henderson said.

Then they are off to England, both women have relatives there. They plan to tour London and Sheffield, where Henderson's father was born.

“It will be nice to see my roots,” she said.

For the last three years Henderson has participated in the Cycle for Sight, a one-day bike race in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The 75-kilometre race runs from Alliston to Collingwood. Caskenette plans to join her friend in the race this year.

“That's a very challenging race,” Henderson said.

“It's not easy and you really have to push yourself.”

They have also set some milestones for themselves.

By the age of 75, they want to go tandem skydiving. And Henderson said it won't hurt if there's a nice young man strapped to their backs to make it more interesting.

“This kind of stuff keeps you young,” Henderson said. “It's so easy to let yourself stop trying to get out there and excite yourself, but you need to.”

The pair aren't encouraging other seniors to start crossing things off their bucket list, they just want to see seniors get active and stay healthy and fit while enjoying life.

“Life doesn't have to end,” Henderson said.

“This is just another stage.”

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Livin’ on the edge

Brantford seniors push themselves to find adventures

Opinion Aug 11, 2015 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Age is just a number.

Life doesn't have to stop when that number creeps up to 65 and society slaps a senior citizen sticker on you.

Beverly Caskenette and Marilyn Henderson are using those numbers to push themselves to do things they would never have considered doing when they were younger.

“I didn't really like to do risky things when I was younger,” Henderson said.

“But I'm not going to stop doing things just because I'm over 65. I have to push through it because the alternative sucks.”

The friends both celebrated their 70th birthdays and 50 years of friendship this year. They wanted to make it memorable, fun and push themselves out of their comfort zone.

The Brantford residents did the Edge Walk at the CN Tower in Toronto on Monday morning.

They walked 150 metres around the tower, more than 350 metres above the ground.

“It was exciting,” Henderson said. “We had a fantastic time.”

The pair walked out onto the deck in harnesses and jump suits with a group of people. A guide encouraged them to walk out, look down and up, walk around the circumference of the tower and then lean back, over the edge and lift your toes off of the platform.

“It was exciting. The first few steps were, like, 'OK,' but after a few minutes it was good,” Henderson said.

“As seniors you have to do what you can do, while you can still do it.”

Henderson and Caskenette want to live their lives to the fullest and won't quit just because they suffer for it a bit after.

As hairdressers, both women stood, bent and hunched for most of their careers and suffer from many aches and chronic joint pains, but they won't let that stop them.

“We manage. It's just something you have to deal with as you get older and we push through,” Henderson said

This wasn't their first adventure and they don't intend to stop anytime soon.

The celebration started in June when the pair went to Mexico. That was all it was supposed to be – a relaxing trip to celebrate their birthdays and friendship.

But they got themselves into an addictive hobby: thrill seeking.

They went parasailing on the pacific ocean. Then they went on 11 zip lines over the jungle that ended in the water.

“It was exhilarating, it was breathtaking. It makes your heart skip a beat,” Henderson said.

“We just loved it.”

They couldn't get enough, so they did the Edge Walk, they plan to go to Italy in October to relax with a group at a vineyard in Tuscany.

“We'll just see what kind of adventures find us,” Henderson said.

Then they are off to England, both women have relatives there. They plan to tour London and Sheffield, where Henderson's father was born.

“It will be nice to see my roots,” she said.

For the last three years Henderson has participated in the Cycle for Sight, a one-day bike race in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The 75-kilometre race runs from Alliston to Collingwood. Caskenette plans to join her friend in the race this year.

“That's a very challenging race,” Henderson said.

“It's not easy and you really have to push yourself.”

They have also set some milestones for themselves.

By the age of 75, they want to go tandem skydiving. And Henderson said it won't hurt if there's a nice young man strapped to their backs to make it more interesting.

“This kind of stuff keeps you young,” Henderson said. “It's so easy to let yourself stop trying to get out there and excite yourself, but you need to.”

The pair aren't encouraging other seniors to start crossing things off their bucket list, they just want to see seniors get active and stay healthy and fit while enjoying life.

“Life doesn't have to end,” Henderson said.

“This is just another stage.”

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Livin’ on the edge

Brantford seniors push themselves to find adventures

Opinion Aug 11, 2015 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Age is just a number.

Life doesn't have to stop when that number creeps up to 65 and society slaps a senior citizen sticker on you.

Beverly Caskenette and Marilyn Henderson are using those numbers to push themselves to do things they would never have considered doing when they were younger.

“I didn't really like to do risky things when I was younger,” Henderson said.

“But I'm not going to stop doing things just because I'm over 65. I have to push through it because the alternative sucks.”

The friends both celebrated their 70th birthdays and 50 years of friendship this year. They wanted to make it memorable, fun and push themselves out of their comfort zone.

The Brantford residents did the Edge Walk at the CN Tower in Toronto on Monday morning.

They walked 150 metres around the tower, more than 350 metres above the ground.

“It was exciting,” Henderson said. “We had a fantastic time.”

The pair walked out onto the deck in harnesses and jump suits with a group of people. A guide encouraged them to walk out, look down and up, walk around the circumference of the tower and then lean back, over the edge and lift your toes off of the platform.

“It was exciting. The first few steps were, like, 'OK,' but after a few minutes it was good,” Henderson said.

“As seniors you have to do what you can do, while you can still do it.”

Henderson and Caskenette want to live their lives to the fullest and won't quit just because they suffer for it a bit after.

As hairdressers, both women stood, bent and hunched for most of their careers and suffer from many aches and chronic joint pains, but they won't let that stop them.

“We manage. It's just something you have to deal with as you get older and we push through,” Henderson said

This wasn't their first adventure and they don't intend to stop anytime soon.

The celebration started in June when the pair went to Mexico. That was all it was supposed to be – a relaxing trip to celebrate their birthdays and friendship.

But they got themselves into an addictive hobby: thrill seeking.

They went parasailing on the pacific ocean. Then they went on 11 zip lines over the jungle that ended in the water.

“It was exhilarating, it was breathtaking. It makes your heart skip a beat,” Henderson said.

“We just loved it.”

They couldn't get enough, so they did the Edge Walk, they plan to go to Italy in October to relax with a group at a vineyard in Tuscany.

“We'll just see what kind of adventures find us,” Henderson said.

Then they are off to England, both women have relatives there. They plan to tour London and Sheffield, where Henderson's father was born.

“It will be nice to see my roots,” she said.

For the last three years Henderson has participated in the Cycle for Sight, a one-day bike race in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The 75-kilometre race runs from Alliston to Collingwood. Caskenette plans to join her friend in the race this year.

“That's a very challenging race,” Henderson said.

“It's not easy and you really have to push yourself.”

They have also set some milestones for themselves.

By the age of 75, they want to go tandem skydiving. And Henderson said it won't hurt if there's a nice young man strapped to their backs to make it more interesting.

“This kind of stuff keeps you young,” Henderson said. “It's so easy to let yourself stop trying to get out there and excite yourself, but you need to.”

The pair aren't encouraging other seniors to start crossing things off their bucket list, they just want to see seniors get active and stay healthy and fit while enjoying life.

“Life doesn't have to end,” Henderson said.

“This is just another stage.”