Sky Bergman, director of the documentary, Lives Well Lived, first filmed her grandmother, who just shy of 100 years old, working out in the gym. “My grandmother was such an inspiration to me of how to age well. And as I was in my forties approaching that big half-century mark, I was thinking, ‘what do I want to the rest of my life to look like? And to be honest there weren’t really good role models out there about how to age well.”

Determined to find positive role models of men and women over 75, Bergman didn’t have to look far to find them.

“I sent an email blast out to all my friends, family, and all the alum that I’ve taught over the years that I’ve been teaching at Cal Poly. And I said ‘Here’s a little 1-minute clip of my grandmother at the gym. And if you have somebody in your life like her, please nominate them for this project.’ I didn’t know it was going to be a film at that point. I just thought it was going to be a project. And I was just inundated by heartwarming nominations. It was really wonderful. And that started everything.”

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