Cambridge Citywide Senior Center in collaboration with Tufts University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Programs Present: The Elderquest: a new kind of movie and a new model for the new old age.
The Elderquest, an archetype that presents aging as the last and most important of life’s transformative journeys (rather than a time for retirement and withdrawal) is as old as Homer and Sophocles, but it has been largely overlooked. Now, however, thanks to the longevity revolution, more and more of us are growing older and older, and many of our film makers have rediscovered this old archetype and its increasing relevance. It can already be found in more than 40, from Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, its modern prototype, to this year’s The Last Station.
Presenter Chuck Nicholas has already won two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants for his programs on The Elderquest in Today’s Movies, which have been featured at Life Long Learning Institutes, Independent Living Facilities and Councils on Aging around the country.
Five of these landmark movies (see schedule below) will be featured at upcoming workshops at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue. Registration is required and the fee is $10 fee for the 5-movies series. For more information, call 617-349-6060.
Tuesday Nov. 9, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Strangers in Good Company
Tuesday Nov. 23, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Last Orders
Tuesday Dec. 7, 12:30-3:00 p.m., The Trip to Bountiful
Tuesday Dec. 21, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Wild Strawberries
TBA, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Central Station