Costa Mesa Senior Center Takes a Chance on Love!

On Wednesday, August 24th the Costa Mesa Senior Center took a chance on love and guess what happened? Love won over our hearts! Perhaps the Costa Mesa Senior Center staff gambled when they decided to host a screening of  the 2014 film “The Age of Love.” However, I would say this successful event was a turning point for the Costa Mesa Senior center.  As part of the campaign to bring to the forefront the stereotypes about life after 70!

More than 100 men and women of all ages were on hand not only to be entertained but to participate in a live discussion with the acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter,Steven Loring. For Mr. Loring the making of this film was personal. Before the documentary aired (live via broadcast), he shared with the audiencsudden death of his father at 70 which left his mother alone and lonely launched a quest to find answers about love love for older adults. “The Age of Love” takes us on a journey with 30 seniors from 70 to 90 who sign up for speed dating.

We share in the onscreen experiences and the touching moments of fear and happiness. Yes, aging isn’t kind but their is life after loss. We are all in search of companionship, friendship and someone to share experiences with. And as one of the 82 year old speed dating men said as he looked out in the glorious horizon alone… ” what truly makes a sunset enjoyable?”

After the film, Mr. Loring returned for Q & A. The comment by a 25 year old women in the audience summed up this successful event, ” this documentary was real, moving with a message of love for all ages.”







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