I turned on KALW Radio recently and heard Scott Simon (tearfully and heartfeltedly) talking about his late mother, the subject of his latest book.
Mid-broadcast, I received a phone call from a friend about an interview going on right then on another SF station, KQED, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, 72 and 78, respectively, talking about their new tv series. Additionally, Lily Tomlin is starring in a film soon to be released called Grandma.
Iris, directed by the (very recently) late, great documentarian Albert Maysles, spotlights a 92-year-old fashion New York fashion maven, and her 100-year-old husband. Now showing at SF's Clay Theater, it was also screened at the SF International Film Fest. I was part of the SFIFF audience, which had many 20 and 30-something women oo-ing and aahing at her wild style, and laughing at her pithy remarks.
The Sunday Times (May 17, 05) has an article about the boomer generation having an impact on independent and foreign realm of cinema. And the Times Magazine features an article about a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's deciding how to choose her last day.
What is going on? The latest figures of 2012 from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that there were over 76 million Baby Boomers, making up over 24% of the US population. The number of Americans at least 90 years old has tripled in recent decades.
I've been in the field of aging for over 50 years, and since I created the Legacy Film Festival on Aging in San Francisco in 2011, I have been delightedly declaring that Aging is In!
For those naysayers, critics and ageists who pleaded with me to remove the word Aging from the name of the Legacy Film Festival on ..., I say: Come to the Legacy Film Festival on Aging, September 18-20, 2015, at the New People Cinema in Japantown, and learn how to celebrate long life, and talk about how to die well, and experience everything in between.