There is a great video at Real Beauty Sketches (Dove) focused on how women see themselves compared to how others see them.  It really made me wonder what the results would be if this project was done with older adults.  Would they focus on outward signs of aging?  Would others?  I remember when I was in my 40’s and starting to “worry” about wrinkles.  At the time I was directing the Young at Heart exercise program for older adults at MSU, and it occured to me that when I looked at the members – most 70+ years old – I didn’t see wrinkles, I saw smiling eyes and faces of friends.  How would you describe yourself to someone sketching you without looking at you?  What do you see when you look at others? How do images of aging impact self perceptions and perceptions of others.

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