Ned Overend has astonished people for years as he continues winning cycling titles at the age of 60.
He is featured in the June/July issue of AARP magazine in a story about defying the expectations of age.
“Mentally, you have to be prepared,” he told the magazine. “You can’t say, ‘I’m doing well for 60.’ You have to say, ‘I’m going to do as well as I can.’”
In an interesting twist, the magazine not only looks at seniors who are going strong, but young people such as 17-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka, who invented a wearable sensor for Alzheimer’s patients so families know when they’re wandering.
The story features 25 “people who bust age-old myths,” the magazine says. “They demolish expectations, destroy fake limits and demonstrate that age does not define us.”
Overend is in good company, with Mick Jagger singing rock music in his 70s, and Frances Hesselbein, 100, who runs an eponymous leadership institute.