This award-winning documentary presents Mark Nowaczynski, a physician who photographs the lives of many of his elderly patients. "Who in the world would want to see a bunch of pictures of me? Junk," says Connie, 93. Yet "Dr. Mark" has been photographing her and other patients to raise awareness about the lack of home care in this growing segment of the population. His black-and-white pictures reflect faces that convey fragility and vulnerability but also quiet strength as these seniors struggle to live with dignity.
Ages 15 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs
Useful in a social studies class discussion around care of the elderly and the social systems that should be put in place by governments to better meet their needs. Have students comment on the importance of protecting the health and dignity of the aged. Identify and discuss the daily struggles of the elderly.