Vegan Seniors are individuals who have adopted a vegan lifestyle at an older age or have continued eating a vegan diet into their senior years. They are usually in their 50s and beyond, and they’ve made the conscious decision to switch to a vegan diet. This decision is often based on health concerns, environmental considerations, or animal welfare issues.

Senior vegans are also passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and promoting plant-based nutrition for others. They often become advocates of veganism by educating others about the benefits of a plant-based diet and sharing their stories of transitioning to veganism at an older age.

Loma Linda University has a research study that found vegans may live longer than meat eaters. Vegans tend to live about fifteen years longer than meat eaters; and vegans live about eight years longer than vegetarians.


There are several well-known individuals who are senior vegans and have publicly embraced a plant-based lifestyle. Here are a few examples:

  1. Sir Paul McCartney: The legendary musician, singer, and songwriter, known for being a member of the iconic band The Beatles, has been a vocal advocate of vegetarianism and veganism for many years. McCartney has credited his decision to go vegan to ethical reasons and environmental concerns, and he has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights and the benefits of plant-based living.
  2. Jane Goodall: Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned primatologist, conservationist, and animal rights activist who is also a senior vegan. She is best known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees and her lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental activism. Goodall has been an advocate for plant-based diets as a way to reduce environmental impact and promote animal welfare.
  3. Ed Begley Jr.: The veteran actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. has been a vegan for over 40 years. He is known for his work in films and TV shows, as well as his strong commitment to environmental causes, including promoting sustainable living, renewable energy, and animal welfare. Begley Jr. has been an advocate for plant-based living and has used his platform to raise awareness about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
  4. Ellen Burstyn: The Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn has been a vegan for several years. Burstyn has had a successful acting career spanning decades, and she has been outspoken about her choice to follow a vegan lifestyle for ethical and health reasons. She has credited her plant-based diet for helping her maintain good health and vitality as she has aged.
  5. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: Dr. Esselstyn is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon and author who has been advocating for a plant-based, whole-foods diet for heart health for many years. He is the author of the best-selling book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” and his research has shown the potential benefits of a plant-based diet in preventing and reversing heart disease. Dr. Esselstyn himself follows a plant-based lifestyle and is considered a prominent figure in the field of plant-based nutrition.

These are just a few examples of famous senior vegans who have publicly embraced a plant-based lifestyle and advocate for its benefits. Their choices to follow a vegan lifestyle in their senior years showcase that plant-based living can be embraced at any age and can promote health, sustainability, and compassion for animals and the environment.


Vegans Over 90

  • Mike Fremont is a vegan. The fabulous part is that he is 100, and runs routinely. Not only is his body fit and fabulous, but his mind is, too! At 69 years old, he became a vegan due to health.
  • Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, lived to be 104 years old. He had retired as a heart surgeon at 74 years old, and was still driving 95 years old.

Vegans Over 80

  • Mimi Kirk is fabulous and vegan and over 80 years young!

Vegans Over 70

  • Victoria Moran is author, coach and podcaster

Vegans Over 60

  • Christie Brinkley became a vegan at twelve years old. Throughout most of her life she has primarily maintained some type of vegan diet.

Vegans Over 50

  • Erin Riley-Carrasco is the founder of ALMA (Animal Lives Matter Always) and on ‘New Day, New Chef’ the PBS vegan cooking show.
  • Fiona Oakes is a professional ultra-distance runner and documentary ‘Running for Good’.

Veganism has been gaining more and more popularity over the years. It’s no surprise that some of the most famous people in the world are vegan, and even more impressive is that there are many senior vegans who have been living a vegan lifestyle for many years. From actors to athletes to politicians, these famous senior vegans have shown that it’s possible to live a healthy and compassionate lifestyle as we age.

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