For the Love of Art, the Young & Old Work Side By Side to Create More Vibrant Streets

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By Julie Redwood

When you think about it, the only thing that separates the elderly and the young is age. In fact, most people who are in their later years still feel somewhat youthful. According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan and the Max Plank Institute for Human Development in Berlin, most older people feel at least 13 years younger, which is the opposite of how society tends to treat them- as though their life is over.

In Lisbon, Portugal, the streets are lined with graffiti art, serving to reconcile the differences between the young and the old. LATA 65, a community organization, which helps to dispel aging stereotypes, works with the city’s senior citizens to turn them into local street artists.

Arming them with the right gear of face masks and spray cans, they are free to create until their hearts are content, along the city’s unoccupied spots, where they create along the walls and other outdoor areas.

The idea of the project is to help bring the young and old together with the love of art, giving the elderly a chance at expressing themselves. Although tagging is associated with youth, all it really boils down to is being as young as you feel. Creativity doesn’t care how old you are.

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it’s great to see elderly people doing things that are stereotypically for the young. The idea that old people should sit around, knitting should be banished. You’re as young as you feel.

Do you feel younger or older than your age? Tell us your own thoughts and please share!

 

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