Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires

'Creative Aging' exhibit goes on display at the statehouse

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The “Creative Aging: 65 and Better in the Berkshires” collection — the 25 profiles of vibrant, active Berkshire residents ages 65 and up — is on display today through Friday at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

The display is in concert with National Arts and Humanities Month and is sponsored by Sen. Adam Hinds.

A free reception around “Creative Aging” will be Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in State House Room 428, adjacent to the exhibit. Speakers include Hinds; Michael Festa, director of AARP Massachusetts; and Megan Whilden, executive director of OLLI at BCC.

RSVP by calling 413-236-2190 or emailing olli@berkshirecc.edu. A tour of the statehouse will follow.

The photographs and written profiles were created by OLLI member volunteers for its groundbreaking University Day in August titled “Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aging” to highlight the diversity and vitality of older adults and to help break stereotypes of growing older.

After being exhibited at the statehouse, the installation will return to Berkshire County and be shown in a variety of locations.

“It’s time to change the perception of older Americans to reflect reality,” said Whilden. “’Creative Aging’ shows us the many different ways older adults give back to communities, express themselves creatively, and explore new possibilities in the third age of life.”

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