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.

Bruce Ritchie is the man in the middle, both literally, in this photo, and, figuratively, in his family life. A long-time artist, Bruce, at 70, is a single dad to his 24-year-old son, David, who was born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the primary caregiver of his 90-year-old mother, Dorothea.Becoming a single dad when David was 4 months old, Bruce struggled with a lack of professional knowledge and support about FASD. With a few other parents, he started FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society in 1991, and presently serves as CEO and Moderator. The Great FASD Horseback Ride and Trek across Canada in 2007 to raise public awareness was a memorable undertaking and journey for father and son. However, David’s favourite time is when his dad makes crepes on a Sunday morning at home in Bright’s Grove, Ontario.Dorothea has spinal stenosis and, two years ago, suffered congestive heart failure. No longer able to care for herself, she feels truly blessed to have Bruce’s help. “I don’t know what I would do without him,” she says. While his caregiving roles have made it challenging to have time away and time to himself— and, by extension, to find the time and independence to pursue a relationship and find a partner—Bruce has no regrets about the choices he has made.

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