Film Screening Promotes Active Aging

Film Screening Promotes Active Aging

Monday, September 16, 2013

John and Brad Tatum, 88- and 90-year-old swimmers

John and Brad Tatum, 88- and 90-year-old swimmers

It’s one of life’s great inevitabilities: every minute of every day, we’re all getting older. Next week, celebrate aging as the UNH Center on Aging and Community Living and UNH Health Services mark National Active Aging Week with a free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Age of Champions.” The viewing, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., is in MUB Theater II; it will be followed by a panel discussion with older active adults. 

“This is an opportunity to discover the dividends of aging and motivate the campus community on staying active at any age,” says Susan Fox, co-director of the Center on Aging and Community Living and associate director at the UNH Institute on Disability. 

Age of Champions” chronicles the journeys of five Senior Olympic athletes, like the gold medal-winning senior swimmers the Tatum Brothers, John, 91, and Bradford, 89; and the 100-year-old tennis champ Roger Gentilhomme, who couldn’t wait to turn 100 so that he could  start this new chapter of his life. The Washington Post called the film “infectiously inspiring.” After a screening of the film last year at UNH, students called it “eye-opening" and "funny and entertaining.” 

Following the documentary, a panel of New England athletes between the ages of 55 and 77 will speak about their experiences in staying active in a wide range of sports, including running marathons, track and field, swimming, biking, hiking and practicing martial arts. Panelists are Stephen Holmes, record-holder in the javelin throw at the Senior Games; marathon runners Bob Kennedy and Anne Broussard, who is an associate professor of social work at UNH; and multi-athletes Jackie Wilder and Bill Baufford, who plays on Northeast Passage’s quad rugby team.