Increasing the self esteem of older adults is an important part of Hebrew SeniorLife’s mission to transform the experience of aging. We encourage all older adults to take care of their physical health, but also their mental health. Dressing to feel good and look good can build confidence and have a decided impact on your mood and mindset every day.
Ari Seth Cohen is an author and photojournalist whose blog and book, both titled Advanced Style, have captured the imagination of people of all ages by featuring older adults who have continued to channel their personal style to look good and feel good.
“The ladies, and in some cases men, that I photograph challenge stereotypical views on age and aging. They are youthful in mind and spirit and express creativity. The soul of Advanced Style is not bound to age, or even to style, but to a celebration of life, says Cohen, who began his blog in 2008 with street photography in and around New York City.
How does this translate into everyday life? To begin with, it means to wear what you love and what makes you feel good, regardless of your age. If you’ve never before thought of your dress as part of your self expression and creativity, start by thinking about the colors you wear, reach for that brightly patterned scarf or necktie, those special earrings or pocket square, the patterned tights or socks and the hat that frames your face so beautifully. Wear it out even if you’re not headed to a special occasion, because dressing special will make you feel like each day is an occasion to celebrate.
Ari sums it up by saying, “My photos offer proof that the secret to remaining vital in our later years is to never stop being curious, never stop creating, and never stop having fun.”
To see Ari’s blog go to www.advancestyle.blogspot.com Then join us for Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style presentation as part of our upcoming College of Retirement Living on May 8 at 1:30 pm at Orchard Cove in Canton. For more information and to purchase a ticket good for admission to Advanced Style and our other sessions, please call (781)234-9029 or link to www.hslindependentliving.com.
© Advanced Style 2013. Images reprinted with permission of Ari Seth Cohen.