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Annette Witheridge

Alida Rubin’s Makeover Mission

Stylist Alida Rubin believes a little bit of lipstick goes a long way, so she’s using her cosmetic skills to give women in residential senior centers complimentary makeovers. After treating her dementia-suffering mother to a beauty session – and witnessing the joy on her face and the delight of staff and other residents at her…

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Film at…79

When actress and broadcaster Carmen Gilda decided to re-start her career at the age of 77, after spending 15 years caring full-time for her parents, she signed up for filmmaking classes at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the nation’s largest community media center (learn more here). Gilda, known professionally as Gilda Miros, initially worried she wouldn’t be…

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Seniors star in Annie Hall remake

(Left to right)  Recreating the tennis scene from “Annie Hall” are Earl Thompson (Rob), Shula Chernick (Annie Hall), Sheila Flaxman ( Janet), Harry Miller (Alvy Singer). Photo by Jeremy Cohen. When Millennial Matt Starr decided to remake Woody Allen’s classic ‘Annie Hall’ using seniors, the last thing he expected to gain was a surrogate grandfather…but Starr’s…

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Lives Well Lived

When acclaimed photographer Sky Bergman decided to film her 100-year-old grandmother Evelyn Ricciuti working out in the gym, she had no idea it would kick-start her own second career as a documentary maker.  Now “Lives Well Lived” – featuring 40 inspiring people aged 75-plus talking about their lives – is picking up film festival prizes…

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Older Musicians Get Back in Tune

  Among the thousands of victims devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year, elderly professional musicians were especially hard hit. They lost everything,  from their homes to their precious instruments. Regular gigs that kept them solvent were cancelled – indefinitely. The Jazz Foundation of America stepped in, and thanks to its efforts and…

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Cancer Schmancer: Q&A with Fran Drescher

After surviving cancer 17 years ago, actress Fran Drescher found her “life’s mission.” She set up the Cancer Schmancer Movement to promote proactive health care and toxin-free living. “Turning pain into purpose is extremely healing,” she says. “Senior Planet” caught up “The Nanny” star as she helped launch Healthline’s “State of Cancer” study, exploring how…

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Q & A with “Big Sonia”

At just 4 ft. 8 in. tall, Sonia Warshawski can barely see above her leopard print steering wheel as she drives herself to work. The 92-year-old great grandmother runs a tailor’s shop in Kansas City, where she dispenses words of wisdom and fashion advice to customers.  In her spare time, she reduces hardened criminals to…

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