Over 90 and Loving It! Screening

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Pictured: athlete Don Pellman, 94, won more than 837 Gold Medals at the Senior Olympics, including those in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and the pole vault categories. 

Meet an inspirational group of people in their 90s and 100s who continue to lead full and passionate lives in this special film.

WXXI and Rochester’s AARP present a special screening of the documentary Over 90 and Loving It! on Monday, May 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at WXXI Studios (280 State Street, Rochester).  In addition to the screening, there will be several vendors to showcase their programs and services for seniors. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please call (585) 258-0200 to reserve your place! Free parking is available at High Falls Parking Garage (next door to WXXI).

This documentary by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz introduces a wide range of engaging characters from a legendary folk singer to a senior Olympian to a New York City taxi-cab driver. Each interviewee offers pearls of wisdom about achieving and sustaining a happy life, regardless of age. They discuss the benefits of keeping physically active; maintaining a positive attitude; embracing maturity; staying curious about the future but engaged in the present; making a difference in the lives of others; and, ultimately, learning to gracefully accept death as an inevitable part of life.

We listen to the words of advice of these dynamic individuals, witnessing how they forgot to grow old and maintained their curiosity to see what might happen next. Putting it succinctly in the words of one interviewee, "You can drive yourself nuts worrying about things you can't do anything about. Instead you should be exhilarated about living every day passionately." Over 90 and Loving It will inspire people across the age spectrum; we all need heroes and heroines to emulate. This film will reach the hearts and minds of anyone who wants to live a full life.

Over 90 and Loving It will air on WXXI-TV at 6 P.M. on Saturday, June 11.