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ariesgem

(1,634 posts)
Sat Jan 17, 2015, 05:01 PM Jan 2015

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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Photo Series Of Seniors Shatters Every Aging Stereotype (Original Post) ariesgem Jan 2015 OP
Kick!!!! Hepburn Jan 2015 #1
I certainly intend shenmue Jan 2015 #2
Someone's been swimming in the pools with the aliens in big stone egg containers, again aikoaiko Jan 2015 #3
seriously, what is that? ND-Dem Jan 2015 #10
That's from the movie Cocoon. ariesgem Jan 2015 #12
From the movie Cocoon. Hassin Bin Sober Jan 2015 #14
Calvin & Hobbes had the best take on this . . . Journeyman Jan 2015 #4
I want the gals to know weight training does NOT have to be boring Skittles Jan 2015 #5
Speaking of weight training ariesgem Jan 2015 #15
Inspiring! Thanks, ariesgem!!! Scuba Jan 2015 #6
Thanks much for this. As one who has recently received my Medicare card, japple Jan 2015 #7
I received my invitation for my AARP card ariesgem Jan 2015 #8
yep.thats when arrp starts going after you Liberal_in_LA Jan 2015 #13
This message was self-deleted by its author ariesgem Jan 2015 #9
wow. kick Liberal_in_LA Jan 2015 #11
Dang. F4lconF16 Jan 2015 #16

ariesgem

(1,634 posts)
12. That's from the movie Cocoon.
Sat Jan 17, 2015, 09:41 PM
Jan 2015

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

Journeyman

(15,060 posts)
4. Calvin & Hobbes had the best take on this . . .
Sat Jan 17, 2015, 05:14 PM
Jan 2015
(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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Skittles

(153,522 posts)
5. I want the gals to know weight training does NOT have to be boring
Sat Jan 17, 2015, 06:46 PM
Jan 2015

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

japple

(9,891 posts)
7. Thanks much for this. As one who has recently received my Medicare card,
Sat Jan 17, 2015, 07:43 PM
Jan 2015

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

ariesgem

(1,634 posts)
8. I received my invitation for my AARP card
Sat Jan 17, 2015, 09:36 PM
Jan 2015

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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