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Images of Aging
Aging in Film and Words
Images of Aging
All of us, if we are lucky, live to reach the stage of life in which we now find ourselves dwelling. However, once we acquire the title “elderly,” or “senior citizen,” or just plain ”older adult,” we may discover ourselves to be at a loss to understand what this phase of our lives can mean. It is hard to talk about aging, yet here we are. We are now done, or nearly so, with the chief duties of parenting and at the end, or nearly so, of our professional lives. Our bodies have changed; our memories may be shakier, our friendships may be fewer, but, as Tennyson has the aged Ulysses proclaim in his great poem, “Old age hath yet his honor and his toil.” So, in our workshop, we will emulate the great Greek hero of myth and see what might yet lie along the shores of our own lives and those of the characters whose stories we will watch. The five films and various podcasts and writings will address: the value of taking risks when it is so easy to stay enveloped in routine; the ways in which our voices can still sing to others, moving them or helping them through their own dilemmas; the need for companionship and purpose and how they may evolve as we—or those we love— grow older and more frail.
Discussions via zoom on Tuesdays, September 20, 27, and October 4, 11 & 18, from 4- 5 PM. Please view the films and listen to the podcasts, et cetera, before we meet.
This week's film: "Marjorie Prime" (Amazon)
This week's words: New Yorker article, "What Robots Can—and Can’t—Do for the Old & Lonely". Read at this link:
And podcast "We are the Last Generation to Die" with Michio Kaku. Pineapple Street Studios. Look for the episode in the podcast series 70 Over 70.
, click HERE to see a list of extra materials!
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The Dark Flood Rises: Margaret Drabble
A Man Called Ove: Fredrik Backman
Angle of Repose: Wallace Stegner
The Stone Diaries: Carol Shields
Olive Again: Elizabeth Strout
Gilead: Marilynne Robinson
Momento Mori: Muriel Spark
Moonglow: Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman: Ernest Gaines
Go, Went, Gone: Jenny Erpenbeck
What Are You Going Through: Sigrid Nunez
Being Mortal: Atul Gawande
The Beauty of Dusk: Frank Bruni
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Harold and Maude (Amazon)
Pain and Glory: (Amazon)
Tea with the Dames (Hulu, Apple TV, Amazon)
Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis (Netflix)
Wild Strawberries (Amazon/Criterion Collection)
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Last Tango in Halifax (Netflix, PBS)
Hacks (HBO Max)
Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
Julia (HBO Max)
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Tuesday, October 04, 2022, 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
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