Popularized by the 2007 Rob Reiner film, “The Bucket List,” young and old alike have created their own list of things to do before they “kick the bucket.” For Laverne Everett, that list included skydiving and on her 80th birthday, Laverne Everett celebrated in style. Jumping out of a plane for her very first skydiving experience.
Released by her sister months after the event, the video depicting the 80-year-old Laverne Everett almost falling out of her harness has become a viral video sensation. During a May 29, 2012 interview Everett told Matt Lauer that she’s “not sorry I did it.” When Lauer asked Everett if this was a “bucket list thing,” the elderly daredevil acknowledged, “I guess you could call it that.”
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Whether he is 62 or 95 years old, taking the time to discuss some serious issues with your senior dad may be the best Father’s Day gift of all. According to a National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP survey published in the Aging/Parents & Adult Children Together booklet by the Federal Trade Commission and AARP, nearly one in four U.S. households (an estimated 22.4 million) are “now are providing care to a relative or friend aged 50 or older or have provided care during the previous 12 months.” So, make the most of this Father’s Day by setting aside some time to talk to your senior dad about his health, financial needs and retirement plans.
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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
According to the best available estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.
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