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Category: An Aging World

The Story Behind the AGS Annual Meeting Program Cover

I was thrilled when the American Geriatrics Society contacted me seeking images for the program cover of next year’s annual meeting. I spent hours flipping through my portfolio and found several suitable shots. Gradually I realized that to represent aging in America I would need a variety of images that depict strength, optimism, and diversity. With the help of AGS staff and William Adams, Senior …Read More

Caring on the Cover of The Gerontologist

I really like my latest cover on The Gerontologist as it expresses the essence of frailty in old age and the process of caring. I took this picture on a trip to San Antonio in 2012, at a nursing home called Buena Vida Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This facility is located in a largely Hispanic neighborhood, and its institutional culture is geared toward caring for …Read More

Looking at Sturgis on the Cover of The Gerontologist

The Gerontologist (TG) has published my photographs on the cover since 1995. The image on the recent June/July issue features an aging biker named Zip taken in South Dakota at the Sturgis motorcycle rally. I went there in August of 2011 in my continued quest to document the changing image of aging in America and in different cultures throughout the world. I started this project two …Read More

Aging in Central Asia

In May 2012 I traveled to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to photograph aging and gain better understanding of international differences in how people grow old.  I was amazed to learn the extent that elders are revered in traditional Kyrgyz society.  The collapse of the Soviet Union and globalization have caused rapid economic and cultural change, and their effects have not been to the benefit of …Read More

Victory Day in Moscow: Part II

It was Victory Day in Moscow, May 9, 2012 – the day that commemorates Russian triumph over the Nazi regime after a long and bloody war.  I went there to take pictures. The day started with clouds and rain but by noon the sun was gleaming off the massive columns of the Bolshoi Theater. Water splashed in the fountain as elderly veterans milled about collecting roses, …Read More

Myths and Realities of Blue Zones and Aging in America

I heard so much about the Blue Zone phenomenon that I went to check it out for myself. “Blue Zone” is the proposed name for a geographic area with large numbers of healthy elders. Advocates for this concept say they can reveal secrets for a longer, more productive life. Identified locations include Okinawa, Sardinia, certain towns in Costa Rica and Greece, and Loma Linda, California. Loma Linda was …Read More

The Flag Ladies of Freeport, Maine

When I heard about the Flag Ladies of Freeport, Maine I knew I had to photograph them. I saw their photos on-line and was impressed with their unique expression of patriotism. This past fall as the trees were beginning to turn, I grabbed my camera and flew to Boston where I rented a car and drove several hours to the hometown of JoAnn, Elaine, and …Read More

Photographing Aging in Okinawa

My father was an artillery sergeant in the bloody battle of Okinawa in WWII and I grew up listening to stories that sometimes gave me nightmares. Stashed away in my Jersey City home were his bayonet and pictures from his war album which I still have. As a geriatrician I learned that Okinawa has many old people, and in 2005 I went to Okinawa with …Read More

My Patient With The Tattoo

Mr. W. was brought to my office in a wheelchair by one of his daughters for a problem with his leg.  In his late eighties and ravaged by age, his skin was pale and swollen from anemia and congestive heart failure, and a gray beard was draped over his chest.  While helping him onto the examining table, his sleeve pulled up and I got a glimpse of the …Read More

Photographing Los Ancianos of Bolivia

This past summer I returned to South America to photograph aging, and one of these photos is featured on the December cover of The Gerontologist.  This is the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America.  I am often asked about my “TG” cover photos (there’s been about 40 since 1995), so I decided to give some background on this picture.  My destination was La Paz, …Read More