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Sabya’s pick: Sophia

This is Sophia. For her full story click the link below         I love the portrait and story of Sophia, a grand old Lady, Queenlike in her beautiful saree. What catches me is the way she tells about her life, touching on the lives of her 5 children, on the history and […] Continue reading →

Nienke’s pick: Luus Paternotte

This is Luus Paternotte. For the full post click the link below. Luus Paternotte I like this post because I feel it shows what is to me the strangest misconception about ageing: that somehow there is an age at which you suddenly change from a young person into an older person and you’re supposed to start […] Continue reading →

Festival of Older People is coming! October 2017 The Netherlands

We are facing a worldwide demographic shift that has never occurred before. Slowly but surely a substantial part of the global population is growing older than 55. Expectations are that this will grow to 35% of the world’s population. That will change everything. It will change our visual culture, sound culture, the economy, healthcare, ways […] Continue reading →

Who remembers our friend, Tiny?

In our continued search for humans unbound by age, we find ourselves visiting Tiny who resides in a Dutch retirement home in the South East of Amsterdam. She introduces us to her friend and partner in crime, Henriëtte van Dongen, the founder of ‘Het huisje van Toen’. This can best be described as a room […] Continue reading →

Participation society in The Netherlands

Yoeum Phor elderly woman cambodia The way The Netherlands has arranged their healthcare arrangements have changed a lot the last two decades. The many baby boomers gradually getting their pensions and often becoming less able with the rising of their age, is one if reasons – next to some culturally motivated reasons – that it was said – that the […] Continue reading →

Making of…Buo Phan (91) Cambodia

Elderly woman (91) Buo Phan in Cambodia We visited villages in the Battambang province, guided by Helpage Cambodia. There we met Buo Phan (91), living there with her children and grandchildren. She is sick, without income and feels she is waiting to die. Continue reading →

Nkek Chanrun

  This is Nkek Chanrun. She lives with her daughter, husband and three grandchildren. They own a small shop that sells food and drinks. Her husband past away 10 years ago, when he was 90 years old. She was born in Phnom Penh, and went to school here where she learned French. Nkek has seven children, four live […] Continue reading →

Melancholia: timeless Wednesday afternoons

In our research, and our way of researching elderly, my own images and feeling on being old come up more and more. This last week we have not written anything on our website, digesting the enormous amount of information we gathered in the last 3 months. One of the stories I like to share with […] Continue reading →

Pom

  This man lives in a house in a Pagode, together with his son and 2 other men. His wife and 2 other children live in the province (pum tjaam, eskrit). He spends his days praying, and eating, nothing much. Later Akeng tells me that they moved to the Pagode 20 years ago, because his […] Continue reading →

When the children move for work, their parents take care for their children

Elderly in the rural area in Cambodia have given a new shape to reciprocity during the last decade. In the rural area, where people live from farming mostly, and are still living in an extended family environment, there has been a population change. Many adult children move to a city or neighboring countries for work […] Continue reading →