It’s always been fascinating to me how society has a tendency to treat one of its greatest assets, older people, as a liability. Why do we fear the aging process so much? Think about it for a second. We spend our entire lives acquiring skills, having experiences and, hopefully, finding wisdom.
If you ask most young people what they expect life after 60 to be like, they will probably use phrases like “winding down” or “preparing for retirement.” Nothing could be further from the truth!
Unless you are one of the lucky few that have been able to retire in luxury, the chances are you are busier now than you have ever been.
Great news, Sigourney Weaver fans! Not only is Sigourney working on Alien 5, which is expected to release in 2017, but she is also expected to appear in three sequels to Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time.
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? That’s the crux of the question raised by Antonio Banderas’ recent comments on ageism in Hollywood.
For many women, music played a big role in our young lives. It was a defining cultural force and every decade brought unique bands – from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and all those wonderful British bands in the 1960s to the divine divas like Whitney Houston and Donna Summer in the Disco “80s”.
You might wonder why I am choosing to celebrate the 50th birthdays of celebrities on a website dedicated to finding happiness and making friends after 50. After all, don’t celebrities have all the money, friends and happiness they could wish for? Perhaps, but, their lives are worth celebrating for a different reason – they can help us to fight invisibility and change perceptions about aging.
When we asked the women in our Sixty and Me community to vote for this year’s “sexiest man over 60,” Richard Gere was the clear winner – and, while Julia Roberts still has a decade to go before her 60th birthday, it’s clear that she is one of the most radiant and stylish women of any age. Is it any surprise that we were so captivated when we first saw them together in Pretty Woman?
Hollywood loves aging stereotypes. When it comes to films and TV shows, at best, older folks are portrayed as eccentric, forgetful and out of touch. At worst, they are grumpy, close-minded and just plain mean. Not much of a choice if you ask me!
Historically, Hollywood has done a pretty poor job of portraying the aging process in a fair and accurate way. Older people in the movies are usually grumpy, mean, forgetful and tired. They are seldom adventurous, energetic, funny and wise. Well, there are signs that Hollywood may finally be getting the message about aging. While aging stereotypes are still pervasive in the entertainment industry, studios are at least experimenting with more positive films about older people.
Here are 4 films that are coming in 2015 that will make you look at aging differently.
Like Google CFO, Patrick Pichette, most of us baby boomers have worked 30 years or more. We’ve contributed to society, raised families and made sacrifices. Now, as we approach retirement age, many of us are starting to rethink our place in society. We are asking ourselves how much longer we want to work, who we want in our lives and which passions we want to explore. This is a good thing.