May is: Older Americans Month

CommunityCare of Lyme is celebrating Older American Month’s theme of “Communities of Strength” by sharing an uplifting story each week

In a Blog post from Changing the Narrative, Janine Vanderburg states:

“Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others.”

(Vanderburg, 2021)

This week we’re spotlighting two older Americans who have discussed the importance of “dancing through life”.

Here we meet 96 year old Stuart Hodes, a former WWII airforce aviator who found dance and stayed with it.

Next we meet 100 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch, who earned two Guinness world records for dance and yoga. (Since this video was filmed in Jan. 2018 Tao has since passed though her legacy lives on)

Works Cited:

CBSEveningNews. 100-Year-Old Yoga Instructor, Ballroom Dancer on Life Well Lived. Performance by Roxana Saberi and Tao Porchon-Lynch, YouTube, YouTube, 6 Jan. 2018,

“A Brief But Spectacular Take on Dancing into Old Age.” Performance by Judy Woodruff, and Stuart Hodes, PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 12 May 2021,

If you have an inspirational story you’d like us to share, please reach out to 

Shelby Wood
Manager of Program Development
CommunityCare of Lyme