Photo of 73-year-old Duan Tzinfu by Vladimir Yakolev (see below).
Russian photojournalist Vladimir Yakovlev has been shooting photos of active old people for some time. He published a book of the photos, The Age of Happiness, in Russian and plans on doing the same in English. He’s a wonderful photographer. He interviewed me a year or so ago, and continues to gather material, as shown here, (sent us by Eszter Hargittai): https://www.earthporm.com/age-happiness-60-older-seniors-will-destroy-age-stereotypes/
See also The Age of Happiness Facebook page: https://on.fb.me/1DGtGYQ“Duan Tzinfu saved his life by accident. One fine day, he was walking in Tiantan, a Beijing city park, when he saw a group of people who were exercising with enviable enthusiasm.
Tzinfu was impressed by how flexible the exercisers were. These were people much older than him who did the splits with ease. Duan couldn’t even bend over without a big sigh.
If it weren’t for this chance meeting, Duan Tzinfu would probably not be alive today. After 50 years of working at a glass factory, his health was shattered to bits. Duan could barely walk, and his lungs – damaged by glass dust – barely functioned.
Tiantan, it’s important to note, is no ordinary city park. It’s more like a giant, slightly odd club under the open sky where the most diverse people gather. It’s a park where it’s possible to find people who share your same hobby, whether it be music or Martial Arts. One such group caught Duan Tzinfu’s attention.
Duan decided to start exercising, to achieve the same kind of lightness of movement and flexibility. The group he joined practiced techniques based on Daoist principles. Stretching and relaxation exercises play a key role in these techniques, and the system as a whole is focused on reducing the effects of aging as well as an overall regeneration of the organism.…”