In her December 2017 post, “Stealing Hope,” Anne D. Basting passionately challenges the fear and stigma-inducing “tragedy narrative” that distorts how people living with dementia are seen within the broader culture. The two of us were especially inspired by Anne’s closing words, “Family members and friends…can learn to shift toward creativity to find emotional connection, to […]
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…