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How Old Do You Feel?

How Old do You Feel? from psucommedia on Vimeo.

We’ve all heard the saying, “You’re only as old as you feel.”

Back in 2009, The New York Times reported that one-third of adults between 65 and 74 said they feel 10 to 19 years younger than their actual age, and one-sixth of people 75 and older said they felt 20 years younger.

We found those results to be representative of the older members of Centre County, where 12.3 percent of the population is made up of those 65 and older. Through multiple interviews with those 65+ in State College and beyond, many seniors reported feeling anywhere from five to 30 years younger than the number on their birth certificate.

Comedian George Burns once said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

While old age is certainly no comedy show, there’s nothing wrong with making light of the aging process. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the average life expectancy in America is 78.8 years, but many people are living well into their 80s and 90s. The National Institute on Aging also says that disease and disability are no longer inevitable parts of growing older, meaning that many older adults can be healthy and active well into the end stages of life. As of 2012, the CDC reports there are 43.1 million U.S. residents over the age 65.

Many of those interviewed reported having many physical ailments, it seems as if (mentally) getting old is a choice. With that being said, how old do you feel?

Heavy on the Heart: Nancy Bowser’s Weight Loss Journey 

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Click here for the full story and video: http://commedia.psu.edu/news/story/heavy-on-the-heart-nancy-bowsers-weight-loss-journey

Grant Wilkie was named one of America’s hottest trainers  

Grant Wilkie, of Elizabethtown, Pa. was recently named one of Shape Magazine’s “The 50 Hottest Male Trainers in America.” 28-year-old Wilkie is co-owner of Evolution Fitness and a personal trainer at Elizabethtown Fitness Club. Here, Wilkie shares some of his favorite workout moves. Read the full story here.

Behind the Scenes Assignment (2014)

Penn State is known for its incredible football team, school spirit and of course, the ice cream at the Creamery. But from a student’s eyes, what truly makes this school incredible? My assignment was to go “behind the scenes” at Penn State and shoot something that an outsider wouldn’t know about.

I spent some time shooting a sociology class taught by Sam Richards, one of the most controversial teachers at Penn State. His Soc 119 class on race and ethnic relations is known as “the class to take before you graduate.” Here, Richards talks about the popularity of his class and what makes it so interesting.

Lion Shrine Assignment (2014)

For my advanced multimedia class, I was assigned to shoot a day at the infamous Penn State lion shrine; the second-most photographed place in Pennsylvania, right behind the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

 

Rugby Remorse: a senior’s road to recovery 

On Sept. 30, 2013, senior Blaze Feury’s life, and knee, took a turn for the worse. In the middle of a rugby match, Feury, the team captain injured his knee, leading to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Feury has been working with athletic trainer, Sarah Leslie, in the East Area Locker Room every day since his surgery, but still has a long road of rehabilitation to go. The average recovery time for a torn ACL is four to six months, meaning that the senior is going to miss the rest of the rugby season.

As the captain, Feury, energy business and finance major of Denville, N.J., still attends every team practice and game – even though he can’t participate. Doing his therapy on the sidelines, Feury watches his team practice every day. It’s going to be at least four months until Feury can at least jog – he has no idea when (or if) he’ll ever be able to play rugby again.

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