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Sat Jan 17, 2015, 04:01 PM

Photo Series Of Seniors Shatters Every Aging Stereotype

Mark Twain once said "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." But with negative stereotypes of aging in the media, it's hard not to associate growing older with nothing but aches, pains, feebleness, and lack of freedom and mobility. So to uncover the truth about aging, journalist and photographer Vladimir Yakovlev set out to find if age really has anything to do with your happiness or ability to accomplish great things.

At 56, Yakovlev said it was his own curiosity about aging that prompted the series, "The Age of Happiness." "It was a personal question," Yakovlev told The Huffington Post in an email. "I wanted to find out how much I can affect/influence whatever is my life gonna be after 70."At 56, Yakovlev said it was his own curiosity about aging that prompted the series, "The Age of Happiness." "It was a personal question," Yakovlev told The Huffington Post in an email. "I wanted to find out how much I can affect/influence whatever is my life gonna be after 70."

For nearly five years, Yakovlev traveled Europe, China and the United States, meeting incredible people at age 60, 70, 80 and beyond, who aren't letting age slow them down. The stunning photographs reveal individuals who are accomplishing things they never thought were possible, especially at an older age.

They are marathoners, skateboarders, ice skaters, and DJs. There's even a 60-something pole-dancer. What did the photographer learn from the dozens of inspiring seniors he met? "Life after 60 can be the best time in your life. I can be happy," he said.




Greta Pontarelli is 63 years old. Greta only started pole dancing two years ago, when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis, a condition that destroys bone density. "To strengthen my bones, I needed strenuous exercise. But just weight-lifting is very boring. That's why I looked into dancing with a pylon."



Ruth Flowers decided to become a DJ at 68 with no prior experience whatsoever. The 73 year old now enjoys flying around the world performing at popular clubs.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/15/senior-photo-series-stereotype-aging_n_6478726.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

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ariesgem Jan 2015 OP
Hepburn Jan 2015 #1
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aikoaiko Jan 2015 #3
ND-Dem Jan 2015 #10
ariesgem Jan 2015 #12
Hassin Bin Sober Jan 2015 #14
Journeyman Jan 2015 #4
Skittles Jan 2015 #5
ariesgem Jan 2015 #15
Scuba Jan 2015 #6
japple Jan 2015 #7
ariesgem Jan 2015 #8
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2015 #13
ariesgem Jan 2015 #9
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2015 #11
F4lconF16 Jan 2015 #16

Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 04:02 PM

1. Kick!!!!

Yeah!!!!

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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 04:03 PM

2. I certainly intend

to do more stuff as I get older.

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Sat Jan 17, 2015, 04:06 PM

3. Someone's been swimming in the pools with the aliens in big stone egg containers, again



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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:37 PM

10. seriously, what is that?

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:41 PM

12. That's from the movie Cocoon.

That's the fountain of youth... they swim in the pool and become young again.

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:43 PM

14. From the movie Cocoon.

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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 04:14 PM

4. Calvin & Hobbes had the best take on this . . .

(Calvin & Hobbes riding recklessly down a hill in his wagon.)

Calvin (Panel 1):
Ever notice how the older people get, the slower they do things?

Calvin (Panel 2): I wonder why that is. I would think that the less life you had left, the faster you'd want to do everything, so you could pack more into the remaining years.

Calvin (Panel 3): You can bet when I'm a geezer like Dad, I'll be going like a maniac.

Hobbes: Oh great.


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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 05:46 PM

5. I want the gals to know weight training does NOT have to be boring

 

check into the fitness DVDs offered by Cathe Friedrich, Kelley Coffey-Meyer and Jari Love as well as kettlebell videos

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:48 PM

15. Speaking of weight training

Check out this 77 year old lady doing her thing in the weight room...

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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 06:10 PM

6. Inspiring! Thanks, ariesgem!!!

 

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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 06:43 PM

7. Thanks much for this. As one who has recently received my Medicare card,

I appreciate your post. Bless you for for this forward-looking thread.

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Response to japple (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:36 PM

8. I received my invitation for my AARP card

exactly on my 50th birthday. I asked myself, "where did the time go?!!! Medicare is next on the horizon for me. These folks give me inspiration.

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Response to ariesgem (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:41 PM

13. yep.thats when arrp starts going after you

 

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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sat Jan 17, 2015, 08:40 PM

11. wow. kick

 

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Response to ariesgem (Original post)

Sun Jan 18, 2015, 06:04 AM

16. Dang.

I am seriously impressed. How great for all of them!

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