“We are not invisible; we are living, and living equals aging.”
AGING IS LIVING
BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES
JUNE 2022 | 80 PORTRAITS
In the wake the pandemic and in recognition of the impact it had on older adults, this action is designed to bring awareness to the fact that being older should not make someone disposable or invisible and that all of us who are living are also aging. In other words, aging is living.
Those who reside and work in these communities have likely experienced the worst brutality of the pandemic. More than 200,000 people living and working in long-term care communities in the United States have died due to COVID. In the process, millions of elders were isolated; many became sick; and many saw loved ones, family members, and those in their care die. The pandemic has revealed society's ageist attitudes toward older adults, as evidenced by the prolific use of #boomerremover on social media, in reference to the virus; the government's refusal to prioritize such communities for early testing; and some officials' suggestion that older adults should be de-prioritized for care in hospitals.
As elder care communities open up and visitor restrictions are lifted, their members are eager to connect with the greater community and with each other to declare that we are here, we are human, and we are just as much a part of the community as anyone else.