Striving for and clinging to an ideal physical appearance is pervasive in American culture. How does this myth exist when every single day of one’s life our appearance is shifting, we are aging?
The Second Wind Tour is art, it is non-fiction theater, it is a direct challenge to the limitations imposed by ageist prejudice and it is the beginning of a new way of learning and growing– together.
It is right when hormones are raging and fecundity is in bloom that the young should be so beautiful. But that does not make age ugly or unattractive. Only different.
If you depend on the mass media and fashion magazines to define human beauty you will be exposed to an impoverished and monolithic viewpoint: beauty = youth.
How good are we at perceiving beauty? That was the focus of a Washington Post social experiment that sought to test people’s ability to identify great art.
Last summer Al Power called me to tell me about a film maker who wanted to explore the connection between life, art, music and aging. I jumped at the chance to to meet up with them at St. John’s and we spent a day there talking about ideas and doing some taping.
The film maker’s name is Michael Rossato-Bennett and his production company, Ximotion Media, had undertaken the challenge of explaining how and why access to music could help people come “Alive Inside.”
A clip from this film was posted on YouTube and has gone absolutely viral in the past 24 hours with nearly 3 million views and counting. Continue reading to watch.
Read this short Detroit News article, Saint. Joseph Mercy Oakland Enhancing Hospital Environment, appearing in the paper on March 22, 2012. Not only does this hospital currently display art on its walls, but it is now seeking art to purchase or commis…
We are now in the exciting phase of developing cover art and we’d like to offer ChangingAging readers an exclusive first look at some of the concepts our team has developed. We’ve created three concept designs and would like to get your feedback.
The end of summer makes me want to play the blues — one of my favorite genres making up American roots music.
The blues are about both mourning and celebrating loss and change and the end of a beautiful season brings opportunity for both. It’s always about the journey, and that’s the theme of the new album Jude and I recorded for our band Hot Koko — Wayfaring.
I am really loving the new Blogstream because it is widening the circle of my knowledge. For example, Marti Weston is an excellent blogger and she has put up a post that makes an excellent and often overlooked point.
The parts of Japan impacted by the tsunami are still reeling from the devastation, including the destruction of more than half of the elder care facilities in the affected ares. In sympathy, elders from St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY made one-thousand origami cranes over one month, and sent them to the elders who are living […]
One of the stale stereotypes that clings to aging and people who are interested in aging and elders is the notion that “aging is boring.” Examining the problem of ageism more closely we might amend this to say that “aging is a pale predictable phase of life more suited to compassion than art.” OUCH. That will raise a welt.