“Lives Well Lived,” a video featuring 40 “youngsters” from 75 to 100 sharing their wit, wisdom, and secrets for living a meaningful life, will be shown at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore.
The widely acclaimed video was produced by California State Polytechnic University professor of photography Sky Bergman, who initially set out to record her then 99-year-old Italian grandmother’s wisdom and zest for life. That meant capturing her grandmother’s words, as well as her daily activities that included regular workouts at the gym.
Bergman has explained, “My grandmother was my guide for how to move gracefully through life and how to age with dignity, strength, and humor. Suspecting there were other such stories to be told, Bergman began interviewing and videoing other older adults across the United States.
In a time when the accomplishments and knowledge of older people are often ignored in favor of youth, Bergman said she wanted to celebrate and bring to the forefront elders' energy, experience, and wisdom. She believes their stories provide role models and tools that society—young and old—needs to overcome obstacles.
The collective experiences encompass years of family histories, personal triumphs and tragedies, the best and worst of life. Through it all, Bergman said, optimism is their overriding strength.
The program is presented by Life Transitions for Aging Adults, a community outreach ministry at St. Charles Borromeo that seeks to support the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual lives of aging adults. For more information, contact Molly Fisher at (925) 449-8849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.