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Creative Aging

Positive Aging Movement Takes Off

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

I'm happy to say that seniors are finally getting some respect! Until recently, public media often portrayed aging inaccurately as an inevitable negative and pathological condition while giving little attention to the pleasures and benefits of this later life stage.

Woman With a Blowtorch: Another Late Blooming Artist

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

May Day Open Artists' Studios combined perfect weather with an opportunity to see artists' works all around my town (Palo Alto, CA). I chose to check out Rochelle Ford's place because I'd interviewed her previously for my book, The Vintage Years and I wanted to get another peek at her luscious artwork.

Senior Actors Are Still Dreaming

Timothy Carpenter | Posted 12.25.2013 | Arts
Timothy Carpenter

Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, may be about the vagaries of love, but it's also about the difference between appearance and reality, and the fragility of identity -- themes that are relatable for all ages, but perhaps most poignantly so for seniors.

How One Man Found His Balancing Act

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 09.26.2013 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

His age places him squarely in The Vintage Years, that stage of life after about 55 when the pleasure and meaning derived from doing something is satisfaction in and of itself. No longer are goals and milestones set in place for external rewards -- the reward is contentment in the here and now.