Breaking Stereotypes

caroline1There are several blogs, websites, and additional resources besides Through Their Eyes that aim to demystify aging, breaking down stereotypes for both young and old. Check out the following links to see what other individuals are doing to redefine what aging means in today’s society.

 

 


The Legacy Project
“The Legacy Project began in 2004, when I started collecting the practical advice for living of America’s elders. Using a number of different methods, my research team has systematically gathered nearly 1500 responses to the question: ‘What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?'”

Advanced Style
advancedstyle“My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

Demilked
“Demilked is a design milking magazine. We milk the world’s most creative minds and make you tasty inspiration cocktails by mixing industrial design, technology, concepts, advertising and a little bit of web design. Don’t be afraid to take a sip – the drinks are on us!”

The New York Times: The Incredible Flying Nonagenarian
“On the third floor of the Montreal Chest Institute, at McGill University, Olga Kotelko stood before a treadmill in the center of a stuffy room that was filling up with people who had come just for her. They were there to run physical tests, or to extract blood from her earlobe, or just to observe and take notes. Kotelko removed her glasses. She wore white New Balance sneakers and black running tights, and over her silver hair, a plastic crown that held in place a breathing tube…”

Credit Photo illustration by Zachary Scott for The New York Times

Credit Photo illustration by Zachary Scott for The New York Times.

The New York Times: What If Age is Nothing but a Mindset?
The New York Times Magazine’s “Health Issue” features a profile written by Bruce Grierson on Harvard University psychologist, Dr. Ellen Langer. Langer’s research attempts to reveal the connection that exists between mind and body, and suggests that the mind may have the power to alleviate physical ailment associated with age.

“One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment…”

“Intergenerational” Retirement Home Sees Students Live Alongside the Elderly
Nicolas Delaunay from CTV News writes about the unique project at Deventer, eastern Netherlands where university students and elders live as housemates at the Humanitas retirement home.

I Used to Be You
“Kyoko Hamada, 42, got the idea a few years back to go undercover and live life as an older woman in New York City after a volunteering gig making house visits to lonely seniors.”

89-year-old Yvonne Dowlen, who has been skating for 75 years, continues to compete.

89-year-old Yvonne Dowlen, who has been skating for 75 years, continues to compete.

Age of Happiness: The People Who Refuse to Grow Old
Vladimir Yakovlev, a Russian photojournalist, started his Age of Happiness project in 2011. This BBC article showcases a handful of extraordinary individuals from around the world who defy our expectations of aging from Yakovlev’s brilliant project.

The Dignity of Risk Project
“The Dignity of Risk is [the] right to take risks when engaging in life experiences, and the right to fail in taking these…. When older adults are hospitalized, the instinct is often to protect them and to avoid all risk in attempts to keep them safe. Our work with the Dignity of Risk project seeks to find a balance between this need for duty of care and the right of patients to decide what level of risk they are comfortable with themselves.”

IRIS
“IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.”

Stay tuned! More resources linking to articles, blogs, and websites that break age stereotypes will be added as they become available.

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