In an effort to inform and entertain, on October 18th, 2012, Bryn Maw Film Institute hosted a special screening of a movie addressing the effects of aging on the activities of seniors. Yet, this was not another deadpan review of dermatological, neurological or mobility issues associated with aging. Rather it was an inspiring and heart warming documentary about a senior chorus that toured with a repertoire of rock songs. As you might expect, they must not only contend with the typical intricacies involved in touring, but also account for the health issues of the cast. The specter of death hangs over some of the members both at rehearsals and while on tour, occasionally making itself right at home. But the chorus members carry on undaunted, even in the wake of tragedy. The title of the movie wasYoung@Heart.
The special screening at Bryn Mawr Theater was sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society. Andrew Rosezweig, MD, Membership Chair and Geriatrician at Abington Memorial Hospital, was kind enough to grant a video interview. It appears on the right.
As anyone who offers Elder counseling will tell you, nearly everyone wants to age in place and continue to live at home. I strongly suggest that you view this movie for an optimistic, but realistic view of what it is like to age in place, and begin to plan accordingly.
If you provide any services to seniors, including your parents, you might want to look into joining the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society as an informational and networking resource.
Call Bryn Mawr Screen Institute for list of upcoming events, including the movie sing along nights.
Stay well until the next post.
Bob Gasparro is an Elder Practitioner (accountant and attorney). He can be reached at Robert.Gasparro@lifespanlegal.com or (484) 297-2050. Comments to this post, and ideas for future posts are welcome.