Do Not Go Gently

DO NOT GO GENTLY celebrates the lives, work and wisdom of three remarkable artists who have maintained their creative productivity well into their golden years. Their stories illustrate the role of creativity and art in contributing to a long, happy, healthy and vibrant life. Narrated by famed newsman (and nonagenarian) Walter Cronkite, Do Not Go Gently follows 82-year-old quilter Arlonzia Pettway, 90-year-old ballet dancer Frederic Franklin and 109-year-old composer Leo Ornstein through a typical day to illuminate their experiences as part of America's fastest-growing age group -- men and women 85 and older. DO NOT GO GENTLY uncovers the science of lifelong creativity through interviews with gerontologist Dr. Gene Cohen, whose groundbreaking work provides a deeper understanding of the aging brain. The program also documents the importance of creative outlets to elders with Alzheimer's Disease and other age-related disabilities.

WGTE produced three local Video Voices on similar, local stories. Watch these below.

And for more information about the national program, visit the Website.

Do Not Go Gently Video Voices were made possible by the Helen Bader Foundation through a grant from NEWIST/CESA 7.


  • Views: 917 Video Voices: Olga Boone

    Olga Boone, at 100 years of age, continues to pursue her amazing career of dance and creativity.  She shares her memories of growing up, and the people and events that have inspired her.

  • Views: 459 Video Voices: Ellen Bonar Wilt

    Ellen Bonar Wilt, age 88, discusses her artwork and how creativity and inspiration changes over time.  She shares her thoughts about art, imagination and longevity.  Much of her artwork in progress is featured.

  • Views: 528 Video Voices: Asian Resource Center

    Me-Len-Koh, Executive Director of the Toledo Asian Resource Center explains how the seniors at the center began a journey of self-discovery and socialization through Tai Chi and hands-on activities.

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