Sarah and Leah Talabi were told by their mother from the time they were very young, “You can do whatever you want with your life, but first you have to start a company because you have to contribute to the world before you take from it.” The twins, now 23, took that advice to heart. In 2017 at the age of 17, they started Changemakers Studio, with the goal of telling stories that disrupt the status quo and inspire action on society’s most pressing issues. The studio will release the documentary Democracy Dies in Darkness on April 19th, a film that examines the political and cultural shift caused by the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. Sarah and Leah directed the film.
About 15 years ago, Elizabeth Klodas MD FACC, a John Hopkins trained cardiologist, looked around her waiting room and saw a whole bunch of people whose number were perfect, but didn’t look any better. In fact, they didn’t feel better and in some ways the drugs they were taking made them feel worse.
Understanding longevity provides a wake-up call not only for individuals to re-think their lives. and career, but for companies who now have the opportunity to expand and build their markets and revenue potential.
If you’re like most people, you have negative feelings about aging, especially your own aging process. Your first thoughts are of physical decline and decay. These negative thoughts add to your fear and often denial. It is this narrative that author Tracey Gendron, PhD, addresses head on in her new book, Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It. In fact, Gendron wants us to know that everything we have been taught about aging is wrong.
Saying Goodbye To Grace And Frankie: Thank You For Showing Us How To Live Life To The Fullest At Any Age
They not only challenged our ageist beliefs about older women, but held up a mirror for all of us to explore how we feel about aging. Grace and Frankie “show themselves, their families, and their fans what it means to live life to the fullest, fearlessly and unapologetically.”
Why then do we immediately attribute a memory lapse to cognitive decline due to aging? The answer is that it’s what our culture teaches us and the way we tell ourselves how to grow old. It’s important to note, however, that if we believe we’re in cognitive decline due to our age, that can, in fact, negatively affect our mental abilities. According to extensive research by Dr. Levy, negative ageist beliefs affect our well-being, self-esteem and even our longevity.
Several research studies have found that young children “exhibit gender stereotypes, racial prejudice, and preference for their own race”. Danielle Perszyk, a psychologist at Northwestern University, and her colleagues also confirm that children begin to show bias from an early age. Not only do they absorb the stereotypes they see, but they also become “increasingly attuned to social category labels, social status, and the biases exhibited by family members.”
Lisa Henson, along with her four siblings, spent much of her childhood, in her father’s workshop and studio in New York City. To her, it was a magical place where puppets were drawn and sculpted, and came to life. What a marvelous introduction to innovation and creativity for the woman who now, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, is tasked with not only honoring Jim Henson’s legacy, but moving the company forward in new and dynamic ways.
Make sure you take the time to celebrate 2021, your achievements and lessons learned. Once you reflect on the past year, you’ll recognize how you’ve grown. Going forward, welcome every new opportunity to grow and stay vibrant.