By Shae Hadden
I recently came across a website called The Beauty of Aging. Besides the fact that I love the title, I was impressed by film producer Laurie Schur’s commitment to find role models who demonstrate that aging is a beautiful process. Her 35-minute documentary, Greedy for Life, captures the stories of two dynamic women over 80 who embrace life—despite its challenges—with energy and enthusiasm. Shirley Windward, an 88-year-old free spirit, has recovered from being in a coma and near death in 1990 to live life fully: creating ceramics, writing poetry, dancing and sharing music and laughter with her husband and friends. Lavada Campbell, an 83-year old dynamo, has “still got things I want to do”. She flamboyantly exudes energy and warmth in all her activities. Proceeds from sales of Greedy for Life go towards production costs for The Beauty of Aging, a one-hour documentary about the optimism, fearlessness and sense of purpose of five vital American women of diverse ethnic backgrounds in their 80s, 90,s and 100s.
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