With the support of the Haas Scholar's Program
I faced the following question: "What does it mean to be an 'older adult' in Berkeley, CA?" In this city, adults begin to enjoy the benefits of 'Senior Programs'; and hence, the tag name 'older'; at the ripe young age of 55. The Elderly Among Us
, both subjective and documentary in nature, explores the tension between viewing aging as number categories—as service agencies often must—and the experience of aging—what you and I are doing right now. The biological ages of the people I photographed range from 55-105 (that's half a century age range!) and many of these folks do not feel "older" in any defining categorical sense.