Bartlett Woods, Strand host ‘The Age of Love’

Jan 10, 2018
The award-winning “The Age of Love” follows eight women and men as they explore speed dating in the upper decades.

Rockland — Bartlett Woods will launch the new year with a free documentary film screening Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. The one-time showing of “The Age of Love: A New Documentary on Seeking Love After 70” is a co-presentation of Bartlett Woods Retirement Community and the Strand.

An unprecedented speed-dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds serves as the backdrop for the 2016 documentary, offering an alternately poignant and funny look at the search for love among the senior set. The film follows 10 speed daters — recently widowed, long- divorced or never-married — as they prepare for the big day; endure a rush of encounters; and anxiously receive their results.

Fearlessly candid about themselves and what they’re seeking, these seniors take stock of life-worn bodies and still-hopeful hearts. As they head out on the dates that result, comic and bittersweet moments reveal how worries over physical appearance, romance and rejection, loss and new beginnings change — or don't change — from first love to the far reaches of life. “The Age of Love” is a story of the universality of love and desire, regardless of age. The film is not rated.

Admission is by donation and open to the public. A reception and discussion will follow at Bartlett Woods, 20 Bartlett Drive (off Talbot Avenue). Refreshments will be served.

“We are so pleased to co-sponsor this highly acclaimed film,” said Mary Eads, executive director at Bartlett Woods. “We hope that seniors, their families, caregivers, friends and healthcare professionals will join us for this great opportunity to generate new thinking and conversation about how we all can better understand love and relationships. Thank you to The Strand for joining us in this effort.”

For more information about the movie, visit theageoflovemovie.com. For more information about the Strand Theatre, visit rocklandstrand.com.

Bartlett Woods Retirement Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, 55-plus apartment building featuring 58 one- and two-bedroom apartments with both independent and amenities rental options. Led by Eads, LPN, RNC, and a staff of 40, Bartlett Woods is one of the smallest such communities in Maine, yet offers a full spectrum of support services and lifestyle enrichments that are setting a new standard in active adult living. Bartlett Woods will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019. For more information, visit bartlettwoods.com or call 594-2745; and check out its social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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