5 Disruptors Who Challenge the Myths of Aging

Five disruptors from AARP The Magazine's June/July issue – they’re fearless, inspiring and bold. Pass it on!

  • Christopher Lane

    1. Kenneth Shinozuka, 17

    Changemaker
    Motivated by his late grandfather’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, Kenneth, at 15, developed a small wearable sensor that sends a smartphone alert when its wearer gets out of bed. He tested the first prototype with his grandfather. It worked! Kenneth feels that his age has never limited him. That’s a confident teenage disruptor!

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  • Robert Ashcroft

    2. Wayne Shorter, 82

    Top of Their Game
    Birthdays mean little to jazz icon Shorter. At 82, he’s too busy breaking down barriers of all kinds — demolishing barriers between classical music and jazz — and any myths about slowing down with age. Shorter is the owner of ten Grammy Awards and, as a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he is writing new symphonic compositions.

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  • Spencer Lowell

    3. Yolanda Soto Lopez, 55

    New Possibilities
    Lopez uploaded her first YouTube video five years ago with no intention of starting a business. But that’s what happened. Now she is host of All Crafts Channel, her six-figure revenue business is thriving — and so is 55-year-old entrepreneur Yolanda!

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  • Steven Lippman

    4. Diana Nyad, 66

    Better Than Ever
    Nyad, in 2013, at age 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida nonstop without a shark cage — in 53 grueling hours to make the 110-mile trek. At the “peak of my life,” Diana, 66, sees no limitation to life’s possibilities.

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  • Stefanie Campolo

    5. Francine LeFrak, 67

    New Strengths
    Trying to produce a film on the Rwandan genocide has changed LeFrak’s life. The film was never finished, but her heart remained with the female survivors. She started Same Sky, an online jewelry business employing those survivors as artisans — life-transforming for all involved. In March, the United Nations Women for Peace Association recognized LeFrak’s contributions with its annual Achievement Award.

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