From the people who brought us the Civil Rights Movement and Haight-Ashbury, draft-dodging and fuel-efficient draft airplanes comes a new movement meant to revolutionize the ways we think about aging. The Baby Boomers have never really moved gently from one stage of life to another, so we should not be surprised to discover that they are not prepared simply to go gently into that long cold night.
Boomers and many of their Gen.X offspring want to challenge society to reconsider how we perceive aging and what aging is for – both for the individual and for his or her family and community. An upcoming documentary will help tell the story of that challenge.
The Aging Film Project is developing the documentary Old On Purpose precisely to explore how Boomers have moved into an active retirement and/or are heading into what they see as a new opportunity after the raising of families and the pursuing of careers.
Some of theby the movie’s producers include: “What if our current culture is wrong? What if society and the images they show us about being old are fundamentally flawed and false? What if “old” isn’t bad? What if this phase of life is a time when we can, more than at any earlier age, fully discover our true sense of self and purpose? What if we could discover joy, peace and meaning in each day and live fully through this ultimate phase of life?”
The director, David Carey, is asking Boomers and those in the fields of health, retirement living, liesure and recreation, and politics what they are doing to change the ways society perceives aging. A touching preview of the film has been posted and we share it here:
The ‘silver tsnunami’, the Boomer retirement wave, is a demographic fact that technicallyand will continue to swell for the next two decades. That David Carey and The Aging Films Project is already documenting the developments is ample evidence that, in this case, the revolution will be televised.