In this program we look at the process of training our brains for the highest level of personal performance. By looking at individuals who have built exceptional skills through a rigorous and consistent training of their brains, we’ll also show the dangers of not keeping the brain active and challenged.
A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are all in their head. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.
This documentary features people in their 90s and 100s who are living extraordinary and passionate lives. Filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz has interviewed some of the most incredible people you can imagine – people who aren’t aware of chronological age at all, but live as though the future and youth spring eternal.
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. Katie Brown, 91, bakes and serves cinnamon rolls five days a week. 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.
There’s lovely-hearted Leola Dillard, 97, a Charity Organizer in Yazoo City, Mississippi. John Finn, nearly 100, is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during Pearl Harbor. Laura Simon, 103, is an artist/author, working on her second book about her life. Granny D (Doris Haddock), age 100, is a feisty political activist who marches across the country. Les Lieber, age 96, plays his saxophone at Jazz at Noon every Friday in New York City. 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. 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.