The London Design Museum Challenge to the Dominant Perspective on Ageing

From January 12th to February 19th the London Design Museum had an exhibition dedicated to the demographic change. Entitled “New Old” the exhibition looked at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age.

The curator, Jeremy Myerson, a renowned academic dedicated to people-centred and inclusive design, could not be clearer about his perspective on the dominant perception about old-age:

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When Ageism Destroys Creativity

Creativity and innovation are often seen as a monopoly of “the young”. Young persons are supposed to be naturally more prone to the novel simply because they are young. The main issue with that sort of assumption is that it is also frequently accompanied by the idea that older persons do not have the same “drive”, or even worst, cannot be innovative.

In this moving video from the New York Times, the awarded writer Norman Lear is the central point for a number of lessons about old age.

The video also captures another important problem:  Read More

Cultural Tips: The Greatest

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stall me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned deep to dust

Artist: Cat Power Director & Editor: Adam Hall Cinematography: Ryan Samul
Women’s Bowling League, Salt Lake City, Utah

Why do we age and how can we stop it?

Ageing… According to a “real” scientist:

In short… 4’30” Our cells have expiration dates… What causes that limit?

PROBABLY… Chromosomes…

#senescence

Filming the end of life

Tuba Atlantic

Tuba Atlantic

Tuba Atlantic is a norwegian short movie directed by Hallvar Witzø.

It tells the story of a 70-year-old man, who receives the fatal prognoses by his doctor, that he only has a few more days to live.

The movie was nominated for the 84th Academy Awards, and it is easy to understand why…

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Why human beings have two ears but only one tongue?

Henning Mankell in Bethlehem | Source: wikimedia

Henning Mankell in Bethlehem | Source: wikimedia

In honor of Henning Mankell, who passed away this Monday (October 5th) aged 67, we reproduce the introduction of an article he published in the New York Times about his experience in Mozambique.

“I CAME to Africa with one purpose: I wanted to see the world outside the perspective of European egocentricity. I could have chosen Asia or South America. I ended up in Africa because the plane ticket there was cheapest

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Cultural Tips: Old Love

According to song facts, the septuagenarian Eric Clapton wrote this song after the divorce with Pattie Boyd, in 1988 (the song was released in 1989).
In my humble opinion, the unplugged version has one of the most beautiful piano solos in history (5’18”):

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