The increasingly bumpy road to old age requires humor to help ease the ride and encourage baby-boomers to plan ahead for end-of-life issues. Bette Davis is often credited with saying, “Old age is no place for bisexuals.”
Kominsky method Demonstrates how to age with a sense of humor. The award-winning Netflix TV series starring Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an aging coach, and Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander, his agent and longtime friend. The series parodies a host of issues of aging: the fear of dying, the planning of a funeral, the illnesses that could kill you, the growing number of medications and supplements we take, and yes, even estate planning.
Kominsky method It was produced from 2018 to 2021 and continues to stream on Netflix. It just started being available on DVD.
In season one, Norman’s wife dies of cancer, and Sandy supports his girlfriend through her death, honoring her wishes in planning the funeral, and convincing Norman that he has a reason to continue living. Sandy has his own issues to deal with: avoiding the topic of death, dealing with prostate problems, dating and relationships, and paying taxes to the IRS.
You can get a sense of humor in this collection of clips from the series:
In later episodes, Norman addresses his grief and explores dating. Sandy faces the challenges of being the executor of the estate. Sandy’s ex-wife returns to his life, with lessons for those who need advance medical guidance. All these difficult topics are handled with a light touch which makes it easy to discuss after watching this series.
Gail Rubin, who has a license to use movie clips in her presentations, will present “Not Planning to Die the Kominsky Way” during Before I Die New Mexico Festival. The festival will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico and online from October 30 to November 2, 2021. Depending on epidemiological conditions, in-person festival events may become online sessions. Learn more and register at www.BeforeIDieNM.com.
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