Silver Planet Announces Silver Star of 2008
the Silver Star of the Year for 2008. Silver Stars are extraordinary,
inspiring seniors who embrace a new view on aging. They live active and
meaningful lives on their own terms. Congratulations, Marion!
Marion, 95, pioneered the first hearing screening programs for
newborns. As a result of her efforts, 90% of all newborns in America
today are screened for hearing loss. The Marion Downs Hearing Center at
the University of Colorado Hospital – Anschutz Medical Campus in
Aurora, Colorado, was created to honor the legacy of Marion Downs. The
Center is recognized worldwide for its unique leadership and
progressive innovations in the realm of hearing and deafness.
The upbeat, spirited Dr. Downs—who officially retired decades ago but
hasn't really sat back and relaxed—has written a "guide to living to a
ripe old age" titled Shut Up and Live! While she offers some of the
usual tips—like exercise and laugh more—she also throws out some advice
to get off your duff, love and enjoy sex, rebel against your aches and
pains, and live out your passions. Her incredible zest for life is
shown in her lectures and gold medals won competing in the Senior
Olympics well into her 90s. Read Marion's full story, and view Silver Planet's video tribute to her.
a Pennsylvania woman who recently turned 90, also receives an honorable
mention. This incredibly motivated senior received her master's degree
at age 75 and is the oldest female competing in the International
All-Round Weightlifting Association.