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Hastings Point man Peter Hodgkinson, who at 79 is building a boat to take his family sailing. Photo Boldvember/Victoria Hodgkinson
Hastings Point man Peter Hodgkinson, who at 79 is building a boat to take his family sailing. Photo Boldvember/Victoria Hodgkinson

Age is just a number, according to Peter Hodgkinson, of Hastings Point, who at 79 is finally fulfilling his dream to build a boat and take his family sailing.

The project was held up over the years while Peter cared for his wife, who had dementia. Peter’s proud granddaughter, Victoria, submitted a photo of Peter at work on his boat in the Boldvember Get Bold Not Old photo competition.

Peter said if you are healthy it means you are staying active and don’t act your age.

‘For me the three most important pieces of life advice I could give would be to stay active, look after your health and never let your mind grow old.’

Feros Care launched the Boldvember Get Bold Not Old photo competition to promote that trying new things and leading a full life is possible for everybody, no matter what your age. The organisers say they have been ‘blown away by the fantastic response!’

‘Proving age is just a number, the photos entered in the competition reveal seniors living life in spectacular style – ignoring illness and decreasing mobility – showing there is no such thing as “acting your age”,’ a spokesperson said.

Other entries in the competition include a marathon man, an iron man, a gym fanatic and a 92-year-old adrenalin junkie – the oldest woman to complete the thrilling Giant Zipline in Fiji.

There’s still time for anyone over 70 to enter the Boldvember Get Bold Not Old photo competition in time to win some extra cash for Christmas and break down some of the negative stereotypes commonly associated with ageing.

Post it to http://boldvember.feroscare.com.au/ and be in the draw for the $2,000 first prize.


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  1. There’s no doubt that I would not stop dancing! I feel that we have been conditioned by our grandfathers and grandmothers to become old as they did, because didn’t know better,and kept curving their backs and suffering from an idea of old age! Don’t believe the mind and you’re ok! Strongly recommend keep smiling and keep on dancing! Jaimini


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