Grow Old Along with Me

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Grow Old Along with Me (2000)


Julie Harris, Richard Kiley, Hume Cronyn, and James Earl Jones are a delight as they recite poetry about aging and talk about what getting old is like for them. Artists Frederick and Claske Franck, opera singer Shirley Verrett, ninety-year-old photographer Leni Sonnenfeld, and Buddhist nun Pema Chodron see aging as a creative process that carries with it an opportunity for giving birth in later years to one’s full humanity.

With spirit and insight, these beloved artists and teachers show us it is possible to integrate all of the past – areas that have gone unfulfilled, failures as well as successes. They show us how to adapt to the changes taking place in our bodies, in our relationships, and in the circumstances of our lives. Dealing with loneliness, accepting the reality of death, they give us encouragement to face our fears. Letting go of the past, settling into life as it is, they help us embrace the people we have become. We learn just how creative this journey through old age can be, as we are inspired to make that critical shift from life-as-a-burden to life-as-a-joy.

Episode List

Our bodies may grow old, but our spirits do not.
21 minutes
Reflections on time spent alone, and the difference between an unwelcome loneliness and a fulfilling aloneness.
21 minutes
Seeing that the world is beautiful; exploring the fear of death.
23 minutes

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