ANGELES - Secrets of Aging, a landmark
exhibit that explores the science behind the universal
experience of aging through hands-on activities,
interactive videos, and informative displays,
opens at the California Science Center October
4, 2001 and continues through February 24, 2002.
The exhibit, which contains something of interest
for all age groups, highlights current scientific
research on the aging process in the fields of
biology, physiology, psychology and sociology.
visitors in the "Secrets of Aging"
exhibit will be a group of eight life-size
3D figures, representing ages 12 - 100 that
speak of their own concerns about growing
older. As exhibit-goers move through the
figures, each one will give a personal statement
Photo Credit: George Riley
of the questions addressed in Secrets of Aging
include: What happens to our bodies as we age?
What changes do our minds go through? How does
society view aging? How long can we actually live?
exhibit information and interactive activities
are organized around four main theme areas: Body,
Mind, Society and Longevity. These themes answer
questions about the aging process and seek to
educate us about choices, which bring results
that we can see or feel. Three interactive programs
- "Face Aging," "T'ai Chi,"
and "Journey with Me" - will be used
to relate to each of the four themes.
Throughout the exhibit, visitors will be accompanied
by a group of eight life-size 3-D figures, each
with its own personality. There is, for example,
a 60-something grandmother, a 70-ish woman with
osteoporosis and a cane, and a middle-age son.
The figures will speak as visitors walk by, each
giving a different, personal statement on aging.
The figures will not only be encountered at the
beginning of the exhibit, but also at other points
within the exhibit. These figures will serve as
exhibit guides, familiar faces that the visitor
will meet more than once.
1: Body - What happens to Our Bodies as We Age?
area of the exhibit explores the physical changes
that happen throughout our lives, focusing on
major organs like the heart. Alongside these activities
are exhibits that demonstrate ways we can all
improve our chances of aging successfully through
exercise, proper diet and informed lifestyle choices.
one hands-on exhibit, visitors will discover how
scientists determine age in different species
of plants and animals by handling turtle shells
and reproductions of human teeth of different
ages. Visitors will also examine growth rings
on a slice of tree trunk.
any point in viewing the exhibit, visitors will
be able to relax in the resource room and delve
into exploring the secrets of aging at their own
pace. The resource room includes a reading area
with magazine articles and books on aging, plus
a computer for surfing aging-related websites.
There is also a secluded video area, a storytelling
place with children's books and storytellers.
A bulletin board will also be available to visitors,
and will feature late-breaking news items. Another
bulletin board will invite visitors to leave their
stories, reactions to the exhibit, ideas and pictures
for future visitors.
FILM "THE HUMAN BODY" TO COMPLEMENT
concert with the exhibit, the California Science
Center IMAX will be showing "The Human Body."
The film, which opens on October 14, explores
the complexities of the human body by investigating,
in great detail, the myriad functions the body
performs routinely. Viewers will see the human
body portrayed in ways never seen before - from
the progression and culmination of a pregnancy
to thermal imagery and x-ray techniques.
Science Center, located at 700 State Drive in
Exposition Park, Los Angeles, is open daily from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas
and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibitions
is free. For recorded information on IMAX show
times, phone (213) 744-7400. For advance ticket
purchases, group rates, or to make free reservations
for any visiting group of 15 or more (required),
call (213) 744-2019. Parking is available in the
guest lot at Figueroa and 39th Street for $6 per
car. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater
are wheelchair accessible. For general information,
phone (323) SCIENCE.