Why some seniors probably won’t be chosen as any team’s senior partner.

By- Heidi Buck

This season’s Senior Solution Project asks teams to solve a problem faced by seniors as they age. As part of the Project, teams are asked to connect with a senior partner. These partners must be an adult at least 60 years of age or older and can be a relative, a friend or even someone famous.

Now, I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing that there are some seniors who probably won’t be chosen to be anyone’s partner. Why? Good question. They’re all adults at least 60 years of age or older and they’d all have some interesting age-related information to share. So, what’s the roadblock in connecting with them? Well… see for yourself:

5. Carl Fredricksen
A retired salesman, Carl’s address is currently listed as Paradise Falls, Venezuela. When not at home, he can be found “up” in the air, flying around in a dirigible called the Spirit of Adventure with a talking dog called Dug. Both these locations may prove challenging to find, unless – of course-  you’re really good at blowing “up” balloons.

4. Mr. & Mrs. Thurston Howell lll
A millionaire tycoon and his wife who have been stranded on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific since 1964. Although they’d probably love to talk with you, they’re still technically lost and unable to communicate with anyone off the island (unless, of course, the Professor has figured out how to connect to WiFi).

3. Dr. Who
A time traveling, humanoid alien (Hey, they never said the senior partner had to be human!) with two hearts known as the Doctor – who first came to our attention in 1963.  The Doctor keeps busy exploring the universe in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), a sentient and telepathic time-and-space-travel machine that flies through the time vortex. As you can imagine, he is a pretty busy guy, saving species and planets all over time and space, so probably won’t return your calls (unless your name is Rose).

2. Mary Poppins 
An English nanny who primarily focuses her attention on 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, where she has cared for the Banks children since 1934. She was recently spotted (and assumedly ‘cloned’) at the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, but since she is transported by the East wind, connecting with her may prove a tad unpredictable (though practically perfect).

1. Kris Kringle
According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Mr. Kringle lives at the North Pole with a large number of magical elves, and nine (originally eight) flying reindeer. Although reportedly quite jolly and easy to talk with (especially if you are nice), he normally doesn’t leave the North Pole except for one night of the year. Although your team could write him a letter, don’t expect to get a response before the end of December.