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Sunday, November 23, 2014         
Young at Heart
Former dancer Brenda Wong Yim goes the distance
The sun is rising on this midweek day through pink-tinted clouds as early risers pad along Ala Moana Beach Park's paved walkway area. Brenda Wong Yim, a 56-year-old fit enough to run a marathon on short notice, is warming up a group of about a dozen women and a few men. Story »
Much like a chess aficionado, Lanikai Canoe Club head coach Scott Freitas commits most of his time at weekly paddling regattas and races to tinkering with and reorganizing his club's various lineups while putting the proper athletes in the best positions to succeed. Story »

Early every morning, longboard surf legend Roy "China" Uemura parks his blue van and sets up post at Ala Moana Beach Park. There are no regular hours at his "office," which is pretty much a second home for the semiretired surfer. Story »

Geminiano "Toy" Arre Jr. chuckled about his nickname. It means "boy," he explained. It was given to him when he was a small child -- and it just stuck. Don't let the name fool you. Arre, who will turn 80 in November, has been an active leader throughout his career. Story »

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges -- all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour." What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79. Story »

More than 2 million Americans are 90 years of age or older, making them part of the fastest growing age segment of the American population. It is estimated that by 2050 this age group will increase to 10 million Americans. Story »

Because metabolism slows and activity declines, it's normal for elderly people to want less food. What families may not know is that, as people get older, the way food tastes changes. Story »

Aiea resident beat a prognosis of one year left to live
William "Willy" Pelayo, now 57, had contracted a virus at 37 that resulted in cardiomyopathy, a type of progressive heart disease through which the heart can become abnormally enlarged. Story »
Frank Hinshaw, president of Skydive Hawaii, has made 1,200 jumps from planes cruising as high as 15,000 feet, but these days polo is what gives him an adrenaline rush. Story »

Tennis is not Joe Ahue's only sport. He also golfs -- he had a hole-in-one in 1983 -- and surfs most days. He could have a few more sports going by the time he turns 77 in May. Story »

At age 80, Sylvia Waiwaiole-Hopfe has found her calling in an unlikely place -- the Internet -- through her online ministry, "Reaching the World for Christ." Story »

Whenever Richard Afuso visited his mother-in-law at her Kauai nursing home, he noticed that music would lift her spirits. "This guy comes and plays the piano, they all wake up," he said. "That really motivated me to go learn." Story »

Many (perhaps most) of us "post-midlifers" took health and safety for granted during the first half of life. However, the second half brings some of life's greatest challenges. Story »

Aging baby boomers want to stay in their own homes as long as possible, and a way to do that, the so-called village concept, is catching on. Story »


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