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Ageism in the News

Love Springs Eternal

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This story isn't directly about ageism, except it speaks to the beauty of the heart. A 98 year old WWII veteran found a love worth marrying for.

On June 6, at the age of 99, Gilbert Herrick took a bride. For the first time. "I never met the right woman until I met Virginia," he says.

Herrick, a World War II veteran and a retired postal worker, has been a resident at Monroe Community Hospital for 1½ years. Virginia Hartman-Herrick, 86, has been widowed for 25 years and moved to MCH about a year ago.

Gilbert and Virginia have a pretty simple, but very sane, philosophy — do the things that make you happy.

Read on at the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle


Elderly Animals as Reflection of the Meaning of Aging

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An American photographer has taken on a compelling subject. Isa Leshko has been shooting a series of photographs of elderly animals located in sanctuaries across America. The series was inspired by Leshko's experience care taking for her mother, who had Alzheimer's:

Leshko, who lives in Houston, Texas, started the series after a year spent caring for her mother, an Alzheimer's sufferer, in New Jersey. It offered her an oblique way of dealing with her grief, but the project also allowed the photographer to "challenge commonly held assumptions about… animals in their later years" and "raise questions about what it means to be elderly".

You can read more about this beautiful subject matter at the Guardian.



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