SUCCESS STORY / Elsa A. Nystrom, 85, of Marietta

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Summer 2021.

Age: 85

Personal life: ‘ I’m a mom of seven and grandmother of seven. I’m a professor emerita of history at Kennesaw State University,’ Elsa A. Nystrom said. ‘I live in Marietta.’ Her latest book is ‘ Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo ‘ about the first female auto racer.

The lifestyle change: ‘I started going to the pool and I learned a lot about water fitness,’ Nystrom said. ‘Not only can you exercise your whole body — you’re not going to fall. If you poll older women, 50% have taken a bad fall at least once.

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