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David Suzuki is 83 — that’s three years beyond the life expectancy for the average Canadian male. He’s the first to admit that he’s officially old and that he doesn’t want to live forever, but he’s also quick to point out that  “aging is not a disease … it’s just a natural part of life.”

While everyone would like a longer lifespan, David Suzuki is more interested in a longer “health-span” — he wants to stay as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.

In Aging Well Suzuki Style, a documentary from The Nature of Things, Suzuki takes viewers along on his journey to discover if he’s still alive and kicking because of the choices he’s made, or if he’s just been lucky with good genes. “I’m hoping to find out what’s working, what’s not, what I can do, and probably should have done to age well.”

Along the way, he meets scientists who put him through a battery of tests. He gets to play the role he thinks he was born to play – The Karate Kid – while learning a thing or two about his balance, and he becomes the “fall guy” when the floor pulled out from under him. Much to his own surprise, he manages to ace an impromptu political history test while walking, proving that his coordination and mental capacity at 83 are still intact.

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Suzuki takes author Carl Honoré for a walk, a man thirty years his junior. But their age difference is cancelled when Honoré wears an age-simulation suit, designed for health care providers to understand the limitations faced by many seniors. “I have never seen anything as dramatic as the conversion of this tall, good-looking guy …[is] literally reduced to this old man.”

We follow Suzuki as he ticks one special item off his bucket list — the construction of a treehouse for his grandson. During the 1950s, Suzuki spent eight years working in construction and the skills he learned back then still serve him today as he takes on the task with vigour. But back then, nobody wore ear protection on the job, and it was a costly mistake. When Suzuki gets his hearing tested, he learns that his exposure to loud noises has caused some hearing loss.

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In Aging Well Suzuki Style, we also meet a group of Canadian seniors who have one thing in common — they are all living life to the fullest. Their enthusiasm for life is infectious as they share with us their secrets for aging well.

Watch Aging Well Suzuki Style on The Nature of Things.

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THE NATURE OF THINGS
With David Suzuki

AGING WELL
SUZUKI STYLE

Executive Producer
Alan Handel

Written and Directed by
Liam O’Rinn

Producers
Daniel Morin
Philippe Chabot

Editor
Jon Deitcher

Camera Operators
David Malysheff
Justin Ingham
Rick Walker

Sound
Marco Fania
Bobby O’Malley
Patrick Coble
Brent Robichaud
Mike McGinn

Director of Photography
Rénald Bellemare

Original Music
Anaïs Larocque

Music Arrangements
François Vallières
Musicians
Simon Hallé
Pierre-Olivier Rioux
Blaise Borboën Léonard

Associate Producer
Tom Puchniak

Production Coordinator
Marie-Pier Lacroix Couture

Additional Research
Christian Shelepuk
Riel Lazarus

Archive Researcher
Gina Cali

Transcription
Sas Harris

Assistant Editor
Gordon Hashimoto

Publicist
David McCaughana

Production Assistants
Alex Coleman
Chris Swimmings
Christian Shelepuk
Giles Cooke
Josh Havelka
Martin Cabral

Visual Effects/Graphics
A.A Studios

Supervisor
Marc Hall

Coordinator
Tiffany Brasgold

Artists
Emmanuel Saint-Marc
Carl Gauvin
Francisco Fonseca
Emilie Monie Montrevel

Finishing Post Production Facility
Post-Moderne

President
Alexandre Domingue

Manager, Cinema & TV
Myriam Therrien

Coordinator
Cara Di Staulo

Online Editor
Annaël Beauchemin

Editor’s Assistant
Joanie Drouin-Laplante

Colourist
Julien Mailhiot-Guyon, CSI

Colourist’s Assistant
Guillaume Piché

Quality Control
Jack Donnelly
Benjamin Pelletier

Sound Post Production Facility
Difuze Audio

Sound Post Production Manager
Isabelle Favreau

Dialogue Editor
Sandrine Hébert


Sound Effects Editor
Gaël Poisson Lemay

Narration Recordist
Benoit Leduc

Re-Recording Mixer
Jean-Pierre Bissonnette

Music Mixer
Maxime Vermette

Stock Footage and Photo Credits
Baycrest
Dr. Brian Kunimoto 
CBC Licensing
Dr. Charles Godfrey
David Suzuki Foundation
“Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie”
photo stills compliments of
Entertainment One
Greg Pacek Photographer
Kam Leung
National Film Board of Canada
Pond5
ShutterStock LLC
Tony Westman

With Thanks To
Anne Delahey
Barry Janyk
Baycrest Health Sciences
Billiards Academy & Sports Bar
Canadian Blood Services Clinic
Carrie Stefanson
Deanna Bayne
Eugenia Xenos Anderson
Gary Foster
Jarrett Churchill
Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa
King’s College
Marcelo Dominguez


With Thanks To
Matt Kieltyka
Michael Lean 
Michelle Petch Gotuzzo
MU
Nicole Fetterly
Norman Robert
Peter Gibson
Sarika Cullis-Suzuki
Shirley Mann
Silver Threads Service Centre
Sonu Saree Palace
Studio Lamajeure
Susan Johnston
Suzuki Foundation
The Michener Institute
The Original Alexander
The Scarlett Arms
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
TTC
UNI Gym Training
University of Glasgow
Université de Montréal
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
Uplands Golf Club
Valerie Taylor
Vancouver Curling Club
Vancouver Coastal Health

Produced with the participation of
“CMF LOGO”

Produced with the participation of
“Canada Tax Credits logo”
“Quebec Tax Credits logo”
“Ontario Tax Credits logo”

For Rezolution Pictures

Executive Producer
Catherine Bainbridge
Linda Ludwick

Producer Business and Legal Affairs
Claire MacKinnon

Producer's Assistant Business and Legal Affairs
Nicki Horsley

Associate Producer
Anne-Marie Belhadj

Assistant Production Accountants
Van Nguyen
Ngoc Lan Phuong Tran

For 11496948 Canada Inc

Executive Producer
Liam O’Rinn

For the CBC

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Executive in Charge of Production
Sue Dando

Executive Director, Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content
Alexandra Lane

Story Consultant
Leora Eisen

The Nature of Things
with David Suzuki

Produced by
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

cbc.ca/natureofthings

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