Aging in America: the years ahead

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powerHouse Books, 2003 - Photography - 256 pages
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Another baby boomer turns fifty every seven-and-a-half seconds. At this rate, by 2030, one quarter of the United Statesrs" population will be over sixty-five, and by mid-century, the senior citizen population is expected to reach eighty million, outnumbering the population of young people for the first time in history. Aging in Americachronicles the immense and unprecedented changes confronting America as advanced 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. They then began documenting in greater detail a broad range of issues relating to aging, from the upsurge of elderly immigrants following their children to America to a tornadors"s exacting toll 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 Alzheimerrs"s patients work in a child daycare facility. They tracked the campaign of a seventy-six year old running for office for the first time, documented a woman launching her modeling career in her sixties, and celebrated the wedding of an octogenarian couple. "The reality of aging will force us to come to terms with the fact that longevity doesnrs"t mean eternal youth," explains Winokur. "America is a society in collective denial of aging. We appreciate vintage in wine, not people." Changing this perception is the intent ofAging in America, the first comprehensive visual account of contemporary senior living in this country.

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Photographer Kashi, who has published his work in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and other glossies, traveled America taking black-and-white photographs of the elderly, some high-spirited ... Read full review


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Ed Kashi is an internationally recognized photographer who has received numerous awards, including an NEA grant and the World Press and Pictures of the Year competitions. His book When The Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds (Pantheon, 1994) was the result of his cover story for National Geographic. The author of Aging in America: The Years Ahead and Curse of The Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (powerHouse Books, 2003 and 2008), Kashi has also published his work in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Fortune, Newsweek, and American Photo, among others. He lives in New Jersey.

Winokur is a freelance writer and editor.

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