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Aging in America

The Years Ahead

Aging in America: The Years Ahead is a journey across the topography of aging in search of what it means to have a “good old age”. This film traverses the experience of our elders from the wellderly to the elderly, as told through a series of intimate vignettes of people who are living the new old age. Through their stories, we laugh and cry as they celebrate their freedom, apply their wisdom, and suffer the consequences of their bodies’ limitations.

This film and its companion book are the result of seven years of fieldwork by the internationally-acclaimed team of writer Julie Winokur and photographer Ed Kashi. They traveled across the country, collecting scores of personal histories that, when taken collectively, challenge the culture of aging in America.

Click here to view a series from Aging in America on msnbc.com.

Running Time: 56 Minutes
Release Date: 2003

Press

Awards

  • Freddie Awards in Cinematography and Geriatrics, International Health & Medical Media Awards, 2005
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Excellence in Journalism Award, 2004
  • National Press Photographers Association, Best Feature Picture Story, 2004
  • Pictures of the Year, Best Multi-Media Story & Essay, 2004
  • Northern California Emmy Award Nomination, Best Documentary Film, 2004
  • National Press Photographers Association, Best Feature Picture Story, 2004
  • National Press Photographers Association, 2nd Place for MSNBC.com series, 2004
  • Pictures of the Year, 2004, Best Multi-Media Story and Essay for MSNBC.com Aging in America series
  • Pictures of the Year, 2004, Judges’ Special Recognition for Best Photography Book
  • One of the Best Photography Books of 2003, Village Voice
  • Best Collaborative Photo Book, Golden Light Award, Maine Photographic Workshops, October 2003
  • One of the Best Photography Books of 2003, American Photo
  • Best Educational Film, 2003, Silver Images Film Festival
  • National Press Club, 2002, Online Journalism Award
  • Pictures of the Year, 2002, Second Place, Best Use of Multi-Media/Interactive Publication – Large Media
  • National Press Photographers Association, First Place in three categories: Best Picture Story, Best Feature Picture Story, and Best Use of the Web, 2002
  • 2002 National Media Award from the American Society on Aging for MSNBC.com series
  • Pictures of the Year, 2001, Second Place in Single Picture Daily Life category, “West Virginia Hospice”
  • World Press, 2001, Second Place in Single Picture Daily Life category, “West Virginia Hospice”
  • 2-year fellowship grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 1/00-12/01
  • Grant from the Open Society Institute, 11/99-10/00
  • Communication Arts Photography Annual, 2000, Award of Excellence for Unpublished Series, “Senior Foster Care”
  • Communication Arts Photography Annual, 1999, Award of Excellence for Unpublished Series, “Spencer: Tornado Town”
  • Pictures of the Year, 1998, Award of Excellence, Magazine Division – Issue Reporting Picture Story, “Nilda & Nyco”
  • Communication Arts Photography Annual, 1998, Award of Excellence for Editorial Series, “America’s Aging Inmates”
  • Society of Publication Designers 34th Design Competition, Merit Award, NY Times Magazine, “Aging Behind Bars,” Photography Reportage Story, July 13, 1997
  • Pictures of the Year, 1997, Third Place, Issue Reporting Picture Story, “America’s Aging Inmates”

Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man.
- Leon Trotsky

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AGING IN AMERICA

  • By 2010, people over 55 will outnumber people under 18 for the first time in history.
  • More than a quarter of all nursing homes cause serious harm or even death to patients due to understaffing, minimally-trained aides who receive substandard wages, and overwhelming patient loads.
  • African-Americans, on average, die 6 years younger than Caucasians.
  • In San Francisco, where real estate prices rank number one in the nation, some 500 elders are evicted each year.
  • The share of employers offering retiree health benefits is steadily declining.
  • Medicare pays for 1 out of every 5 dollars spent on healthcare in the United States.
  • More than 84,000 inmates in America are over the age of 50 – the fastest growing segment of the prison population.
  • There are currently 2.4 million grandparents raising their grandchildren in America.
  • Women account for 70% of older Americans living in poverty.
  • The fastest growing segment of society today is people over 85.

A proud and resourceful nation can no longer ask its older people to live in constant fear of a serious illness for which adequate funds are not available. We owe them the right of dignity in sickness as well as in health.
- John F. Kennedy

Resources

AARP
601 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20049
(888) OUR-AARP
(888) 687-2277
www.aarp.org
AARP is a membership organization for people 50 and older that advocates for seniors and provides information and resources on issues ranging from aging to grandparenting.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
(800) 272-3900
www.alz.org
The Alzheimer’s Association’s nationwide network of chapters offer resources, information, and advocacy for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s. The website lists risk factors and warning signs for Alzheimer’s Disease.

AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING
833 Market Street, Suite 511
San Francisco, CA 94103-1824
(415) 974-9600
(800) 537-9728
www.asaging.org
This non-profit organization works to educate seniors, their families, and aging professionals on aging issues. The ASA website has links to publications and resources.

BENEFITS CHECK UP
www.benefitscheckup.org
Run by the National Council on the Aging, this website guides users through a questionnaire that ends with a detailed explanation of all the government benefits they or a loved one are entitled to.

CARE.COM SENIOR CARE RESOURCES AND ARTICLES
www.care.com
Care.com is a national leader helping families find senior care and child care. They offer a wide variety of free senior care resources and articles in addition to its searchable index of local care providers.

TODAY’S CAREGIVER
www.caregiver.com
The website of Caregiver Media Group, a leading provider of information, support, and guidance for family and professional caregivers. The website includes Care Links, a resource for all ages including the elderly.

CIVIC VENTURES & EXPERIENCE CORPS
114 Sansome Street, Suite 850
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 430-0141
www.civicventures.org
Civic Ventures is a non-profit organization promoting productive retirement and civic engagement by older adults. Civic Ventures runs Experience Corps, which places senior volunteers in schools and youth programs across the country.

FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
(800) 445-8106
(415) 434-3388
www.caregiver.org
An informative resource on long-term care and a public voice for caregivers.  FCA’s website provides policy information, research, and advice shared among caregivers.

FIRSTGOV FOR SENIORS
(800) FED-INFO
(800) 333-4636
www.seniors.gov
This website provides accurate information about government services and benefits for seniors. It links users to topics such as retirement planning, tax assistance, and consumer protection.

GENERATIONS UNITED
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-3979
www.gu.org
Generations United is the only national membership organization devoted to intergenerational issues and policies.

LITTLE BROTHERS-FRIENDS OF THE ELDERLY
28 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 405
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 786-1032
www.littlebrothers.org
This national, nonprofit organization is committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.  Contact the main office for information on regional chapters.

MEALS ON WHEELS
203 South Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-5558
www.mowaa.org
Meals on Wheels, a national program with local chapters throughout the country, strives to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in the elderly population. Seniors can attend congregate meal sites or sign up for home-delivered meals.

NATIONAL CITIZENS’ COALITION FOR NURSING HOME REFORM
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-2275
www.nccnhr.org
The goal of the coalition is to ensure safety and a high quality of life for residents of nursing homes.  The website includes fact sheets and evaluations of nursing homes.

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE AGING
1901 L Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington DC 20036
(202) 479-1200
www.ncoa.org
The NCOA is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of older Americans. It conducts research, fights for drug benefits, increased funding for support services, and better access to care.

THE SPIRITUAL ELDERING INSTITUTE
www.spiritualeldering.org
This multi-faith organization works to promote the importance of elders in American society. The website has links to national conferences, training, and workshops.

Aging in America: The Years Ahead chronicles the unprecedented changes confronting America as old age goes mainstream. Photographer Ed Kashi and writer Julie Winokur first began this project as an award-winning story published by The New York Times Magazine. Then they began covering a broad span of issues, from the upsurge of elderly immigrants following their children to America to the overwhelming toll a tornado exacted on a rural elderly community.

They traveled with the Loners of America, an RV club for mature singles, and delved into a retirement community where Alzheimer’s patients work in a child daycare facility. They tracked the campaign of a 76-year-old politician running for office for the first time, followed a woman launching her modeling career in her 60’s, and celebrated the wedding of a couple of octogenarians.

The Aging in America exhibition is culled from the award winning project and book Aging in America: The Years Ahead. This project chronicles the unprecedented changes confronting America as old age goes mainstream. The exhibition contains up to 70 photographs that measure 24” x 36”.

To book the exhibition or customize to your needs, please contact the George Eastman House.

Sample of Past Exhibitions

The Photography of Ed Kashi: “Madagascar” & “Aging in America”
World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery
New York, NY

George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography & Film
Rochester, NY

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
University of California
Berkeley, CA

International Center for Photography
New York, NY

University of Iowa Hospital Medical Museum
Iowa City, IA

The Leica Gallery
New York, NY

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