What happens when a culture that prizes youth begins to age? Where do we look for inspiration when our goals shift from getting ahead to staying alive? The “graying of America” is no longer a futuristic prediction, it is a reality. Bob Dylan turned 70 in 2011 and the first of the Baby Boomers turned 65. The real heroes and roles models of this generation are those who are living full, active and meaningful lives in their golden years.

Photographer and filmmaker Sky Bergman is in pursuit of life stories of such extraordinary everyday people with the launch of Lives Well Lived. The project is inspired by her 101-year-old Italian grandmother, Evelyn Ricciuti, who cracks people up with her unique and well-earned perspective on health and happiness: “Live life to the limits, be kind, have younger friends, and learn something new every day.” The project will include film, photographs and interviews celebrating people over the age of 75 who are living life to the limits.