Tina Turner – 72 years young and still going strong! Talented, terrific, and a totally awesome Senior Woman!
Tina has had quite a life and she still came out on top. Abused and beaten by her ex-husband and partner, Ike, Tina took a back seat to him and let him control her, as so many women do. Then, out of the shadows she blasted back again on the rock and roll scene in the 1980s and took her rightful place right on top as the Queen of Rock and Roll. (And by the way, Ike who?)
Tina, the tall and terrific, has sold about 200 million records, been in hit movies, sold more concert tickets than any other performer, and just when you thought she was ready to roll it all up the river and retire, out she comes with “Tina’s 50th Anniversary Tour!”
So what does this say to all of you (not me!) healthy senior women who are choosing to sit on the couch or stay in bed under the covers – Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! Get Dancing and Singing and Jumping for Joy. If Tina can survive spousal abuse, substance abuse, suicide attempts, and being married to Ike – and come out on top of the heap on the rock and roll scene for decades and decades – what can we do at 60 or 70 or 80? While talking to Oprah Winfrey with her friend and fellow senior diva Cher who thinks getting older ‘sucks,’ Tina Turner said – “That number doesn’t mean a thing. It just doesn’t.”