The Best of Life (Part 2)
For the season finale of Life (Part 2), we've gathered together some of the most heated, heartfelt, and outrageous moments from the entire first season:
Very Early Retirement
Rodney Rothman is a former writer for the David Letterman show, who at the tender age of 28 decided to get a sneak preview of what retirement is like by moving to a senior citizens' community in Boca Raton, Florida. He wrote a book about it called Early Bird, and we decided to send Rodney back to Boca to check in with his old friends.
The Sandwich Generation
On Life (Part 2), we try to keep our sense of humor about aging while still addressing deeply serious issues. Take the sandwich generation: men and women who are taking care of their young children while also caring for their own elderly parents. During our panel discussion on this topic, Dr. Robert Kane, one of America's leading gerontologists, got into a rather inspired exchange with journalist Robert Lipsyte about why the elderly, and all of us really, need to stand up for our right to grow old with dignity and respect.
Baby boomers are slowly falling apart, aching limb by aching limb. While more of us are overweight than ever, there is also a group of fit baby boomers who have reached a point of diminishing returns. They can't stop exercising even if they're injured, and even if their aging bodies are asking them to slow down. Are they in denial?
One of the hippest, funniest, and most outrageous comedians of any generation is Robert Klein. He is now 65 years old, which to him is just more grist for the comedy mill.
Adapting to Change
Do you sometimes find yourself longing for the good old days? Do you sometimes think that everything from movies and TV to politics and music used to be better when you were young? Well, all of these issues came up during our panel on adapting to change, which focused on the way we think and feel about popular music.
Life (Part 2) host Alan Rosenberg got the chance to sit down and talk with one of his heroes: comedian, actor, writer, and director Carl Reiner.
This comedy writer is a 60-year veteran of radio, theater, television, and movies. Among countless projects, he helped bring us Tootsie and the TV series M*A*S*H. Here he shares his views on growing old.
Arguably the greatest television talk show host ever, Dick Cavett has just turned 70. That number may not mean much, though. Cavett explains, "My sense of time has always been askew."
The first season of Life (Part 2) featured many inspiring and poignant moments. One that stands out is a conversation via satellite from Toronto with the internationally famous Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. Marion's many books have sold over a million copies worldwide. Her latest book, The Crown of Age, explains how a rich and satisfying old age can be the crowning achievement of life. Marion ended the conversation with a very moving account of how at the age of 78 she's come to appreciate every moment of her life.