"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
The world's older population is growing dramatically.
As a society, there are many ways to demonstrate how we take care of our aging population. In most cases, programs such as healthcare and special assistance are provided to enhance the quality of life and well-being of senior citizens- however that is not always the case. In this studio, students will have the opportunity to create something special for the aging community.
We will take a deep dive into understanding the daily life and hurdles of the aging population and how societies perceive and interact with the elders in their community. Through research and interviews, we will learn about encounters and issues that result from aging.
Imagine how you can create a device for writing that may help a former playwright with Parkinson's disease control their hand tremors. What does it mean to age and to grow old, what do we see in our future as we get older and older?
We will work in collaboration with students at Karam House (Turkey) and interview residents at Mt. Pleasant Home as a way to inform and shape our work.