We live in a culture that places a high value on youth and the new. Age is something to be hidden, experience is another word for staleness, and to be old is to be irrelevant. Recent studies abound which reveal that now, more then ever, seniors are living alone, increasingly kept at arms’ length from a society that would rather pretend they were not there. As we hurtle headfirst into a future of dizzying technological advancement, this gap between the young and old widens as our connection to the past frays. But at what cost? Has this technology made us happier? Has our youth-obsession made us more comfortable with death, more at ease with the prospect of living?
63+ is borne out of the belief that some of the answers to the questions of today are right in front of us, hidden in plain sight in the minds and experiences of an undervalued and ignored generation of voices that might lend insight, depth, and richness to our lives today.
They can tell us about places that no longer exist, languages that are no longer spoken, jokes that no one tells. Older people will not solve the problems of today. But they might help us better understand ourselves and, together, perhaps we might find comfort in a shared human experience.