Not Your Stereotypical Senior

Meet Janice Lorraine, the 74-year-old body builder who’s crushing ageist stereotypes.

For the last 20 years, Janice Lorraine has been competing in bodybuilding competitions.  She has crushed every ageist stereotype.  For Lorraine, an average day consists of a 5 a.m. alarm, a 5-mile walk, and a trip to the gym.  In fact, she hits the gym at least 3 times a week and makes sure to incorporate dozens of other workouts into her morning routine. She is not a stereotypical senior.

Lorraine started competing in bodybuilding competitions at the age of 55 and has won 10 world titles between the age of 57 and 70.  While most seniors find themselves slowing down with age, Lorraine has no such plans.  She told the Australian Broadcasting Company,

“Rather than being 74 and feeling awful and embarrassed, I feel good.  Head up, strong, I strut along the street. I’m probably the oldest female by far who is competing at the moment.”

For Lorraine, staying fit and competing isn’t just about her health, it’s about feeling good and inspiring others.  In addition to bodybuilding, she is a motivational speaker and blogger who shares her personal experiences with her followers.  In one blog post, she writes:

“Many older people in particular find themselves no longer feeling useful, relevant or worthwhile and many focus on what they once were instead of focusing on becoming more of who they are.  Age doesn’t have to determine anything.”

With everything she does, Lorraine looks to crush the stereotypes that many have about ageing and older people in general.  She explains,

“A woman my age, 74, is expected to be a certain shape and a certain degree of frailty and the idea is to show [that] you don’t have to fit that stereotype.  I’m trying to set people free from the idea that a woman should be a certain way at my age.”

With her most recent win at the 2017 iCompete Natural, it’s safe to say that Lorraine is not a stereotypical senior.

Inspired by Lorraine’s story? You can also break ageist stereotypes. Do you want to get fit, but don’t want to give your wallet a workout? SeniorChoices NW can help!  Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our agents and see if there is a Medicare plan that fits your needs.

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