Forever young: Uplifting videos prove age is nothing but a number
New Zealand seniors dance to Happy (Credit: 80odd yearsofhappy/YouTube)
Published Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:00AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:28AM EDT
For anyone frantically searching for the fountain of youth, we have some reasons why you shouldn't fear the sands of time.
Canadians are living longer than ever. Life expectancy at birth is now at 81 years, which is an increase of more than 30 years since the early 1900s. And there are more Canadians over 80 than ever before.
But don't just believe the statistics. In the past couple weeks we've noticed a number of videos of people who are supposed to be in their twilight years living it up like they are young.
An elderly man just couldn't help but move to the beat. In a video posted to Facebook that has almost 1.2 million shares, the man is dancing and tapping his canes until he needs some more freedom and flings his canes to the ground before really getting down. With moves like that we're not surprised that first one and then two women start dancing with him.
A few days ago, we saw a video posted to Facebook that shows some sweet Italian ladies whoappear to be reliving their youth.Two of the women start twirling a jumping rope and the others jump right in.
We've seen everyone from Canadian Olympians to British soldiers and even Italian inmates dance and lip sync to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy, but this version may be the most unexpected. Residents at a New Zealand retirement home show they still have a spring in their step, especially 79-year-old Alister Leckie who spoofs Williams. "The residents wanted to show their children and grandchildren what they're made of," reads the post on YouTube. So far it has more than 1.7 million views.