Many of us are guilty of holding an unfair stereotype – that, once we grow old, our best days are behind us and that we can no longer fully realize our dreams. As photographer Vladimir Yakovlev has discovered, however, that’s just not true. His Age Of Happiness photo project introduces us to people who, at 70, 80 or even 100 years of age, are still following their dreams and trying new things.

If you know such a person, feel free to add their photo to this list!


#1 Greta Pontarelly, 61, Pole Dancer

Greta Pontarelly, 61, Pole Dancer Greta Pontarelly, 61, Pole Dancer

#2 78-Year-Old Skateboarder Lloyd Kahn Decided That The Time Had Come For Him To Try Skateboarding At 65

78-Year-Old Skateboarder Lloyd Kahn Decided That The Time Had Come For Him To Try Skateboarding At 65

#3 102-Year-Old Cyclist Robert Marchand

102-Year-Old Cyclist Robert Marchand

#4 72-Year-Old Ruth Flowers Decided To Become A Club Dj At 68

72-Year-Old Ruth Flowers Decided To Become A Club Dj At 68 72-Year-Old Ruth Flowers Decided To Become A Club Dj At 68

#5 Doris Long, 100, Took Up Industrial Climbing When She Was 85

Doris Long, 100, Took Up Industrial Climbing When She Was 85

#6 87-Year-Old Ice Skater Yvonne Dowlen

87-Year-Old Ice Skater Yvonne Dowlen

#7 Duan Tzinfu, 73, Tzinfu Performs Moves That Are So Complex That Even Young Athletes Can’t Compete.

Duan Tzinfu, 73, Tzinfu Performs Moves That Are So Complex That Even Young Athletes Can’t Compete. Duan Tzinfu, 73, Tzinfu Performs Moves That Are So Complex That Even Young Athletes Can’t Compete.

#8 70-Year-Old Dr. Jeffrey Life Started To Take Fitness Pretty Seriously At The Age Of 60

70-Year-Old Dr. Jeffrey Life Started To Take Fitness Pretty Seriously At The Age Of 60

#9 78-Year-Old Bodybuilder Jim Morris Became A Vegetarian When He Was 50 And A Vegan 15 Years Later

78-Year-Old Bodybuilder Jim Morris Became A Vegetarian When He Was 50 And A Vegan 15 Years Later

#10 Madonna Buder, 83, A Marathon Runner And A Nun

Madonna Buder, 83, A Marathon Runner And A Nun

#11 Women Aikido Group In Novosibirsk. Youngest Member Is 55 Years Old, The Oldest – 75

Women Aikido Group In Novosibirsk. Youngest Member Is 55 Years Old, The Oldest - 75

#12 96-Year-Old Mountain Skier Alexander Rozental

96-Year-Old Mountain Skier Alexander Rozental

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