Over 90 and Loving It! on WXXI-TV

Over 90 and Loving It! on WXXI-TV

Sat, 06/11/2011 - 6:00pm

This film features people who aren't aware of chronological age at all, but live as though the future and youth spring eternal.

WXXI presents the extraordinary and passionate lives of women and men in their 90s and 100s in the documentary Over 90 and Loving It! – airing on Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).This film is the latest documentary from filmmaker and best-selling author, Susan Polis Schutz, who has interviewed some of the most incredible people you can imagine.

We meet and fall in love with a wide range of engaging characters. For starters: Nola Ochs receives her Master’s Degree just three months shy of her 99th birthday. Folk singer Pete Seeger, 90, uses his music to change the world.  Fan Benno-Caris runs for City Council in Addison, Texas, at the age of 91.  Marlow Cowan, 91, and his wife Frances have over 7 million views on youtube.com playing the piano in the lobby of Mayo Clinic. Annell and Dr. Ernest Rogers, both nonagenarians, recently got married in a formal church wedding.  Granny D (Doris Haddock), age 100, is a feisty political activist who marches across the country.  Don Pellmann, 94, is a Senior Olympics Gold Medal winner, and we see him easily doing the pole vault. Harry Rakoff, 94, saunters along the Coney Island Boardwalk, taking a break from his high-paced job driving a taxi in the heart of New York City.

We sit at their feet for words of advice, witnessing how they forgot to grow old, and are always curious to see what’s going to happen next. As APT puts it, those featured in Over 90 and Loving It discuss the benefits of keeping physically active; maintaining a positive attitude; embracing maturity; staying curious about the future but engaged in the present; making a difference in the lives of others; and ultimately, learning to gracefully accept death as an inevitable part of life. Putting it succinctly, "You can drive yourself nuts worrying about things you can't do anything about. Instead, you should be exhilarated about living every day passionately."  

Over 90 and Loving It will inspire people across the age spectrum. We all need heroes and heroines to emulate, and this film will reach the hearts and minds of all of us who want to have a full life.