Older adults are the fastest growing group in the US, sometime called the “silver tsunami.” The impact of their caregiving needs will hit the US economy with the destructive, chaotic force of a tidal wave. Don’t waste time picking up pretty shells. It’s time to move to higher ground.
Part 2 of my talk with Andrew Belser, professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting at Penn State, and creator of an award winning video program called FaceAge — a deeply moving work that challenges perceptions about what it means to be “old,” fosters introspection, and cross-generational connections. Listen as Andrew tells us more about the neuroscience behind FaceAge and a little bit about his personal story, including how an encounter with his older Uncle on a barn rooftop changed his life.
Why are so many people, in so many countries, so lonely — an affliction that the AARP says is as detrimental to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? Guess what? It’s not you! You are fine, but you are fighting against a culture and built environment that cultivates social isolation. It’s time to say, “Enough!” and save your life.
FaceAge is an award winning video program that weaves together interconnected chapters in which young adults and aging individuals reflect on life while studying and describing one another’s faces. But it’s more than just about intergenerational connection…it is about human healing, and there is nothing more deeply beautiful than that.
It’s as if all the lights on the tree have gone out save one ~ the brilliant angel at the top. From that one light I can still see the dim outline of our tree, still full, still alive, with its many decorations, the experiences of a lifetime, all still there, glowing like ghosts in the fading light.