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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Staying Young at Heart

By Phyllis Groner

The documentary “Old Is ... ,” which choreographs what keeps older adults young and vibrant, proves that age is relative. The film drew more than 100 to the Westport Center for Senior Activities Friday, and most agreed the 40-year-old documentary’s theme is Image
Tracy Sugarman (l) and Bill Buckley introduce their short documentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Created by local artist and author Tracy Sugarman and documentary film producer Bill Buckley, the film demonstrates that seniors who stay active lead longer, productive lives.

Local illustrator Howard Munce, who spoke on a panel following the film, offered proof. At 95, the Westport illustrator still draws and serves as a mentor to other artists, even setting up their exhibits.

“Westport is a great town for any artist,” said Munce, calling the Westport School Collection of 1,000 works “a marvelous thing that can’t be duplicated in any other town.”

Another panelist was Eve Green, a retired teacher who is now a champion sculler at the Saugatuck Rowing Club.

Dr. Judith Hammer (l), Dr. Barney Spivak, and Bill Buckley during the Q&A period.
Dr. Judith Hamer (l), Dr. Barney Spivak, and Bill Buckley (r) during the Q&A period. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“As I get older, I have gotten better at rowing,”  she said.

Tony Award winning actress Betty Corwin, now a part-time Director of Special Projects for the New York Library for the Performing Arts, stressed, “Do something that you feel passionate about to keep young.”

“In order to have a healthy older age, the most important is to be physically engaged,” suggested Dr. Barney Spivak, a Westport geriatrician. “Walking is easiest and one of the best. Over the past 40 years, the value of continued exercising enough has been proven.

“Keep busy,” he added. “Focus on what you can do.”


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