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Category: An Aging World

Speaking of Art and Aging at MOMA

It was my pleasure and honor to speak today at the Museum of Modern Art in a lecture entitled “Picturing Aging: The View From a Geriatrician.”  The talk presented my portfolio of images of aging, and discussed the relationship between art and growing old.  It was sponsored by MOMA’s Prime Time Exchange – a program that brings art to community dwelling seniors.  This program serves …Read More

Aging & Spirituality on the Covers of The Gerontologist

Given the subject matter it is fitting that my last cover on The Gerontologist came out in time for the Spring holidays.  I’ve been looking back on my 20 years of covers on TG and blogging on themes that ran through the images.  This post presents a selection of my TG covers that capture Aging & Spirituality.  Previous posts have presented my images on topics …Read More

Music and Art on the Covers of The Gerontologist

A recent cover of The Gerontologist features a musician at the local Octoberfest, a yearly block party that celebrates the German immigrant heritage of my neighborhood in Manhattan that is now only a memory. TG is the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.  Looking back …Read More

The Geriatric Workforce and Quality of Care

What could be less intuitive than a shrinking medical specialty in the face of surging demand? A recent New York Times article discussed the growing shortage of geriatricians in America. Despite the fact that there are more older Americans than any time in history, there are only about 7,000 geriatricians in practice in the United States. The article points out that the field is becoming even …Read More

The Old Man of the Lake on the Cover of The Gerontologist

In 2010 the closing of St. Vincents Hospital in Manhattan gifted me with time to indulge my wanderlust, and so I went to Lake Titicaca in the Bolivian highlands of South America to celebrate the winter solstice with the shamans. The Gerontologist just published a cover photo from that trip, and here is the story of the image that features an ancient ceramic portrait of …Read More

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