The preview of the documentary, The Age of Love, opens with this quote from Anais Nin: “Age does not protect you from love, but love, to a certain extent, protects you from age.”
The film explores that essential truth as it delves into the romantic life of older adults. According to a press release:
The Age of Love follows the adventures of a group of older adults in Rochester, NY who sign up for an unprecedented speed dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds. Fearlessly candid about their needs and desires, these WWII babies soon discover how the search for love changes—or doesn’t change—from first love to the far reaches of life.
Shattering stereotypes about older hearts, the film entertainingly explores the undimmed passions that live on beneath wrinkled skin and thinning hair. As one 74-year-old speed dater puts it, “No one, not even my children, asks me what’s in my heart anymore.”
Winner of the Paley Center Doc Pitch Competition and awarded a Fledgling Fund grant—for its “potential to change hearts and minds” in American culture—The Age of Love premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
This documentary is being screened across the country just in time for Valentine’s Day. In California, many Merrill Gardens communities are hosting screenings, as well as Aging2.0 in San Francisco and CSU Fullerton’s Center for Successful Aging. Don’t see an event near you? Sign up to host a screening at your community…or even a dating event! What other ways are you celebrating ageless love this Valentine’s Day?