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NYAM Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Levine’s photographic exhibit entitled Aging Across America has received a generous grant from the MetLife Foundation to subsidize a U.S.-based tour. The grant will fund six separate installations in medical schools and health care facilities around the country. Accompanying the exhibit will be an educational program regarding our aging population including tips on growing old successfully. A major goal of the funded project is to stimulate interest in aging among a broad sample of students and caregivers. The partner organization administering the grant is the Washington, D.C.-based Society for the Arts in Healthcare.
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Dr. Levine is a voluntary attending physician at Beth Israel Medical Center – Petrie Division who has been practicing geriatrics in New York City for 25 years. Throughout that time, he has also been documenting the historic and unprecedented demographic shift in America toward an aging society, and assembled some of the most representative and visually striking images into this exhibit. This is his second traveling show, and builds upon his prior work visually documenting the aging process in our medical system and communities across the country. His photographs have been published on numerous covers of The Gerontologist, the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America. His prints are part of the permanent collections at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers University Institute for Health, and NYU Medical Center School of Nursing. His previous show, Aging through a Physician’s Lens, was featured at NYAM in 2009.
Dr. Levine hopes the exhibit will “call attention to the demographic and medical aspects of aging that are not high on society’s agenda,” including the need for growth in several aging-related fields such as geriatric medicine, nursing and social work, as well as “challenging stereotypes of aging and growing old.”
“This demographic change is unparalleled in history,” Dr. Levine said. “We’ve never had so many people in this age range. That’s a result of public hygiene, elimination of many contagious diseases, as well as medical advances and awareness of healthy habits. They’ve bought us a longer lifespan—now we have to deal with that. I hope my exhibit will serve as a starting point for discussion.”
Aging Across America will be on display at the National Arts Club in New York City from September 10 to 21, 2012. The opening event will be on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6-8 PM. An organization wishing to host this exhibit should contact Dr. Levine or Michelle Mariano from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare for further details.
More information about Dr. Levine can be found on his website.
Posted on September 10, 2012
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