Friday, December 9, 2005

Time Is Of The Essence For Oldster Photographer

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Photographer Jerry Friedman understands Benjamin Franklin’s words, “Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

He’s taken photos of super centenarians – people 110 years or older – from around the world and compiled them in his book Earth’s Elders: The Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People (Earths Elders Foundation).

Friedman, who is 58 years old, became interested in the super seniors when he moved his 90-year-old blind mother into a nursing home.

From there, he began paying attention to folks in the twilight of their life and found them to be a wealth of knowledge.

Friedman says, “They are people we can learn from.”

Just one of the things he learned seems to point to a formula for long-life. Among his subjects, he says he found that they’re people of faith; they tend to have low caloric intakes; they’ve led a life of extreme physical activity; and they all have a great sense of humor.

Friedman is now working to educate young whippersnappers about the importance of elders by developing a school curriculum where students would take photos of the elderly to learn from them.

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