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    Between auditions, Gloria passes images of youthful beauty in the streets of New York. Gloria Barnes returned to modeling in her sixties and is now with the Ford Agency, who's Classic Division represents a growing number of older models who appear in fashion and glamour magazines.
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    Former Burlesque star Dixie Evans, 71, at the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Miss Exotic World Pageant. At the annual pageant, held on a ranch in the middle of the Mohave desert, the aging legends of Burlesque host and perform alongside their young successors in the art of striptease.
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    Gerald Gross and Ricky Caminetti fell in love in their eighties. Their wedding was attended by over 200 hundred guests.
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    A reflective moment at Deerfield Beach, Florida
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    Sunbathers on Florida's Deerfield Beach.
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    For the first time in history, as people grow older, they're gambling more. With free time to fill and heightened social needs, the elderly have become easy prey for the gaming industry.
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    Billy Dunn, 64, suffers from emphysema and throat cancer. The Hamilton, Alabama Prison for the Aged and Infirmed is usually known as Hamilton A&I, but the inmates refer to it as 'Hamilton Lay & Die.'
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    Inmates at the Hamilton Aged and Infirmed facility take their twice-daily inhalation therapy to alleviate the suffering from emphysema. One bi-product of the recent focus on more and longer prison sentences has been the growth of geriatric prison wards, where overcrowding and chronic illness among the inmates are straining the system.
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    Inmates at the Hamilton Aged and Infirmed facility gather to smoke in the designated outdoor smoking area.
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    Truman Purdy, 61, lifts weights in the Hamilton Aged and Infirmed prison exercise yard. His 25-year sentence for sexual abuse and sodomy began in 1992.
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    Frances helps Alphonsa out of bed. Frances Chandler has cared for 84-year-old Alphonsa Joyner, who suffers from Alzheimer's, for two years. An alternative to nursing homes, foster care for the elderly places seniors, who's own relatives cannot or will not care for them, with paid caregiving families.
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    Hospice aid Debbie Shaffer helps 69-year-old Eloise McNair care for her mother, 95-year-old Lova McNair. In rural West Virginia, people still live--and die, the old fashioned way. The Hospice Care Corporation sends health workers into rural homes to make sure that people can meet a dignified end, surrounded by their families.
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    Maxine Peters clings to a doll given to her by one of her attendants. She is suffering from Parkinson's and end stage Alzheimer's.
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    Arden Peters and his friend Warren Dewitt originally met in this Wal Mart, where they both used to have morning coffee. Warren, a life long bachelor, says he loves taking care of old people.
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    Maxine Peters finally passes away at home, surrounded by her family, friends and hospice aides. In rural West Virginia, people still live--and die, the old fashioned way. The Hospice Care Corporation sends health workers into rural homes to make sure that people can meet a dignified end, surrounded by their families.
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    Warren Dewitt comforts Arden Peters after his wife passed on in their home. For over a year, Warren has been living with the Peters, helping Arden to care for Maxine and manage the farm.
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    The Loners of America are 'mature' singles with wanderlust. This club for RV enthusiasts travels around the country, combating the loneliness of divorce and widowhood by embracing life on the road. The independence and self-sufficiency they have discovered is the opposite of the responsibilities inherent in marriage. The Loners club creates a loose, nomadic community that makes a peripatetic lifestyle less daunting.
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    Residents compete in a favorite pastime in the retirement community. Messiah Village, a Christian retirement community in Pennsylvania, includes a child daycare facility that allows children and seniors to interact, helping to foster the kind of intergenerational relationships that once occurred naturally in our communities.
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    Children visit the residence's hospital ward.
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    Isaac washes his face next to an old photograph of himself. Thanks to daily visits from On Lok health workers, 100-year-old Isaac Donner continues to live in his home in a single room occupancy hotel. On Lok is a San Francisco service organization that enables frail elders to retain their independence through home-based health care, social work and day care.
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    Virginia Magrath watches as her husband's body is taken away by funeral home staff after his passing in the On Lok hospice.
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    Eleanor and Jimmy Charging Crow visit the gravesite of their son, Floyd, who died from a heart attack in his forties. Eleanor, 68, has been an emergency medical technician for nearly thirty years and her son died in her arms in the ambulance. She continues to work because her husband has no pension and they are raising two of their grandchildren.
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    Elderly sisters Sadie Janis and Zona Fills the Pipe at a 4th of July Wakpamni pow wow. A young beauty contestant walks past in the background.
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    Portrait of 68-year-old Senior Pro Rodeo competitor Leonard Walker. Many senior cowboys and cowgirls are still active participants on the rodeo circuit. The National Senior Pro Rodeo Association has more than 1,000 members ranging in age from their 40's to their 80's.
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    A sprinter crosses the finish line during a track event at the 2001 Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In fifteen years, the Senior Olympics has grown from a modest experiment to a national phenomenon, drawing more than 12,000 athletes in dozens of events.
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    A pole vaulter in the 70+ category defies gravity at the 2001 Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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    Members of the Retreads Motorcycle Club on the road. There are two requirements for joining the Retreads: a minimum age of 40 and a love of riding.
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    Marlene Patton, 67, attends Sturgis Motorcycle Rally where she was crowned queen in 1977. Marlene is also the founder of the Retreads Motorcycle Club, for bikers over 40.
Aging in America

These images are a journey across the topography of aging in search of what it means to have a “good old age.” The photos traverse 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. Covering a span of eight years, Ed Kashi and his wife, writer/filmmaker Julie Winokur, traveled across the country collecting scores of personal histories, that when taken collectively, challenge the culture of Aging in America.

Ranging from geriatric prison wards, vitality in aging, love and loss and reinvention in retirement, this work is not just about challenging the culture of aging, it’s also a call to our elders-to-be to consider what kind of world we want to live in. We have a responsibility to remake this society in the image we desire. Hopefully this photo essay will inspire some to learn more, others to get involved, and many to step back from their frenetic lives, slow down, and take a moment to reflect on how they can make a difference in their own lives and that of their elders.

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