The last century held more changes than we can count, and the rapid advance of technology can make earlier times seem unimaginably distant. It’s easy to forget that some people still have firsthand memories of portions of our past that most of us encounter through history books - people who voted for FDR, or saw the first “talkies” in the theaters.
American culture is more than ever preoccupied with youth and all things new. To be elderly today means something different than it has before, and the elderly population is growing. There are roughly 2 million people over the age of 90 in America, and that number is predicted to reach 10 million by the year 2050.
Are you over 90 years old, or do you know someone who is? How does being that age affect your daily life? What does it feel like to grow old? What is your relationship to history, in light of the present? What does the present look like through eyes that have seen nearly a hundred years of human events? What’s the most significant change you’ve seen over time? How have you changed?
- Ann Youngman, 95 years old
- Murray Kaufman, 91 years old
- Rita Bullock, 93 years old
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017