But does it rip her flesh?
But does it rip her flesh?

Old people these days. What's next for the extreme elderly?

For her 101st birthday this week, Mimi Rosenthal of Florida got her third tattoo -- she got her first for her 99th birthday. And she's not even the oldest lady to get her first tattoo. In 2009, Karen Fredso Larsen, a Danish retiree, got her first tattoo at 103. As people continue to live longer lives, many are looking to enjoying their extended golden years by taking up activities typically enjoyed by those more spry. Looking forward, here are some of the more extreme things we're likely to see more of from the wizened.

Old people these days. What's next for the extreme elderly?

05. Punk comes to anti-establishment retirement homes The Ol'mones, an all-retiree Ramones cover band, are coming to a retirement home near you. It's not a huge stretch of the imagination, really. Even if Tommy Ramone, who at 61 years old is the last remaining original Ramone, went on tour doing Ramones tunes, he'd need a at least a sexagenarian ensemble to fill the bill these days.

Old people these days. What's next for the extreme elderly?

04. Extreme elderly snow sports As seniors take to the slopes this winter, ski slopes and snowboard parks are bound to end senior discounts. With old folks taking to extreme stunts, like wheelchair ski jumping, it's a trend that's bound to cost the elderly some broken hips and increase resorts' emergency care costs.
03. Grandpa's shredding the sidewalks again Grandpa's been busy terrorizing pedestrians on his skateboard in merry old England. We're pretty sure that when he gets back to the states, he'll drop into the half pipe and bring back the old style with gnarly hand plants and rail slides.
02. Eldery ravers Right now your grandfather is at the rave and on a boatload of drugs (ask him for some extras!). Of course, as more old folks go to raves, they'll be held in the daytime so your grandparents don't miss canasta and the late-afternoon steak-dinner special.
01. Breakdancing--for reals Along with raves, grandma showed up at a recent breakdancing competition in New York. It brings new meaning to pop-and-lock, 'nuff said.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >