Most Inspiring Seniors 2013

Today's seniors have embraced aging and take a forward-thinking approach to senior living, serving as an example of living life to the fullest regardless of age. We've rounded up the most inspiring, well-known seniors who have laughed in the face of aging and shown the world that age really is just a number.



The winner of Most Inspiring Seniors is awarded to the finalist that earns the highest rating during the Best Senior Living Awards. Congratulations to the winner of Most Inspiring Seniors!

  • Edythe Kirchmaier

    Edythe Kirchmaier

    1125 Popular Vote

    At age 106, Edythe is Facebook's oldest registered user, California's oldest licensed driver and the University of Chicago's oldest living former student.For over 40 years, Kirchmaier has been a volun...



The following senior living resources were nominated for a chance to earn the title of Most Inspiring Seniors. All of our nominees deserve an honorable mention for the valuable resources they provide for the senior living community!

  • Dr. Louisa Littleton

    Dr. Louisa Littleton

    150 Popular Vote

    Dr. Louisa Littleton was the first female resident at Carolinas Medical Center. In the class of 1945-46, she was the lone female in a class of 15 men. Littleton always wanted to be a physician. Litt...

  • Betty White

    Betty White

    53 Popular Vote

    An award winning actress, singer, comedian, author and TV personality, Betty White has a career that spans more than seven decades. At the age of 90, she continues to act and perform, and is an inspir...

  • Fauja Singh

    Fauja Singh

    29 Popular Vote

    A world record holder for his age bracket, Fauja Singh became the first 100 year old to complete a marathon on October 16th, 2011. Born on the 1st of April, 1911 in Beas Pind, Jalandhar, Punjab, Brit...

  • Julie Andrews

    Julie Andrews

    13 Popular Vote

    Julie Andrews, 78, has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen and television for more than half a century. Her career is an exciting blend of unique facets through which is woven a comm...

  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou

    13 Popular Vote

    "Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil...

  • William Shatner

    William Shatner

    12 Popular Vote

    There may not be a bigger pop culture icon or more recognizable celebrity name in the United States than William Shatner. After already having two hit television shows, Star Trek and TJ Hooker, and a...

  • Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood

    11 Popular Vote

    American actor, director, composer, producer and politician, Clint Eastwood has led an active career, primarily in the film industry, for over 55 years. Starting off with minor roles in films that wer...

  • Barbara Walters

    Barbara Walters

    9 Popular Vote

    One of the most well known faces on television, Barbara Walters first started off her career as a writer and researcher for The Today Show in 1961. Through the years, Walters would become the co-host...

  • Buzz Aldrin

    Buzz Aldrin

    9 Popular Vote

    The second person to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin made history on July 20th, 1969 when he, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were the first humans to land on the moon. Before becoming an astronaut...

  • Madeleine Albright

    Madeleine Albright

    9 Popular Vote

    Madeleine Albright was the very first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. Appointed this position on December 6th, 1996 by President Bill Clinton and given a unanimous confirmation b...

  • Frank Lautenberg

    Frank Lautenberg

    6 Popular Vote

    At 88 years old, Senator Frank Lautenberg is the oldest senator in the US congress. The ability and willingness to spend one's golden years serving the country in public office are inspirational...

  • Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman

    5 Popular Vote

    Morgan Freeman is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Even at the age of 75 he is still actively making movies currently filming two movies and five in post production. At a wealth level an...

  • Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett

    5 Popular Vote

    Warren Buffett at the age of 83 has spent much of his wealthy life being a champion of philanthropy. After being named by Forbes the richest person in the world in 2008, he gave away half of his fortu...

  • Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench

    4 Popular Vote

    Dame Judi Dench, 80, is inspiring for her amazing performance as M in the James Bond films including 2012's Skyfall and her recent Academy Award nominated role in Philomena. Dench is known for often p...

  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela

    4 Popular Vote

    At age 94, Nelson has stepped out of the spotlight as a public figure. However, his legacy of helping to end apartheid and, as President, leading an entire nation to change to a more equal society liv...

  • Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith

    3 Popular Vote

    Few actors can boast a career as amazing as Maggie Smith’s. The 79-year-old actress has been working since 1955, earning accolades from her Oscar-winning role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to the...

  • Regis Philbin

    Regis Philbin

    3 Popular Vote

    At 82 years old, Regis Philbin is one of the most recognizable faces to morning television. His long running series "Live! with Regis and Kelly" ended in 2011 when he was 80 years old. He continues to...

  • Betsey Johnson

    Betsey Johnson

    2 Popular Vote

    At 70 years old, American Fashion Designer Betsey Johnson is famous not only for her girly and whimsical collections, but for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows. Going over the top both...

  • Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    2 Popular Vote

    At 86 years old, Hugh Hefner has not allowed age to slow him down. He recently became a newlywed marrying girlfriend Crystal Harris on December 31st, 2012. Creating the Playboy empire in 1953 Hugh Hef...

  • Tony Bennett

    Tony Bennett

    2 Popular Vote

    At the age of 87 Tony Bennett has no plans for retirement. In 2006, Bennett turned eighty years old and released the album "Duets: An American Classic" which reached the highest place ever on the alb...

  • Helen Meyrowitz

    Helen Meyrowitz

    1 Popular Vote

    Helen Meyrowitz is a Needham Artist and North Hill resident who has turned to her passion both as a coping outlet when her late husband developed Alzheimer's disease and a means to raise awareness and...

Award Program Details

  • Includes anyone at least 70 years old and still alive as of 1/1/2013
  • Individuals who have demonstrated how to live to the fullest regardless of age
  • Celebrities who have embraced aging