PhotoSensitive

Aging

In Canada’s open society, aging is still an uncomfortable topic for mainstream media—but PhotoSensitive has decided to tackle it and shine light onto the lives of older adults with black and white photography. Canada's photographers are turning their collective lens to reexamine what it means to age.

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Paul Chislett is a community activist, organizer and retiree living in Windsor, Ontario. He is the volunteer president of Windsor Workers' Education Centre and hosts The Shake Up on the University of Windsor's radio station. He and photographer Doug LacLellan met in 2011 at Occupy Windsor, where Paul was often the media spokesman for the group. After taking a buyout from Bell about six years ago, he came to Windsor to pursue his dream of being a full-time community organizer. Paul is part of the “young” end of the boomers cohort. He is 56, not yet elderly but feeling his age at times. He is among those aging in and into the years of fewer or lower pensions; extended work before, and even during, retirement; and less or costlier health care. It is a concern that colours their approaching old age.“Through Paul, I was introduced to a larger group of aging activists,” says Doug. “They included Pat Noonan, an 82-year-old peace activist, and Howard Pawley, former premier of Manitoba, then 79. I am impressed by the passion of their beliefs and the vigour of their commitment.”

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