truth serum

SEPTEMBER 07, 2018


September 07, 2018


If you consider “old age” two of the most depressing words in the English language, watch this utterly charming and funny film.  It might give you a new appreciation for life after 80, 90 and beyond.  Its premise is that there are riches to be had in your (really) later years:  more peace of mind, discovering what’s truly important to you, and more time to share with friends and family. 

It’s also a great testament that trying to find that magical anti-aging product is pointless.  What’s that saying?  “Aging happens”?

Carl Reiner decided to make this film when he was 95 as he was contemplating how so many of his old friends were still thriving in their 90’s.  He talks with them to get their perspective on what has kept them engaged and active.  They all say pretty much the same thing:  find something you’re passionate about and do it.  And keep doing it. 

Norman Lear, legendary TV producer is still working in his 90’s, still wearing his jaunty hats.

Carl, Norman and Mel Brooks have been friends for 60 years and clearly still delight in making each other laugh.  Watching them tell stories they've probably all told a hundred times makes you want to be part of their club

The film also includes profiles of people who are living remarkably vital lives well into their 90’s, including Ida Keeling, 100, began running at age 67 and was still running races when she was 100.

Dick Van Dyke, still dancing at 90, recently wrote a book called “Keep Moving”, with its message “don’t fear age, meet it head-on.”

Lovable fashion icon Iris Apfel’s view on aging: “vitality comes from your spirit, your soul, friends, and interests so you’ll be more vital if you do things.” 

Tao Porchon Lynch, 97, who’s been practicing yoga since she was 8 advises “don’t sit there thinking about what you can’t do - when you get up in the a.m., think this is going to be the best day of your life”.

Dan Buettner, an expert on longevity, says that according to a Gallup poll Americans are happiest when spending 5-6 hour a day interacting face to face, not on Facebook or Skype or texting.  Something as simple as meeting someone for breakfast or lunch or happy hour.  “Whether you’re 9 or 90 do what you love and do it every day.”

Jerry Seinfeld, whose mother Betty lived to 99 and was friends with Carl Reiner, recalls what George Burns said to him when he was in his late 90’s: “this cup of coffee is the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had.” 

These glimpses into people who’ve found a to make their later years happy and rewarding are, in a word, inspirational.

Norman Lear sums it up neatly: “there are no cons to being 93, just being alive is a glory.” 

2017 Documentary "If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast (1 hour 26 minutes)

Available on HBO