Essay: Golden Years
A large portion of the American population, specifically the Baby Boomers, are becoming senior citizens. Those born in 1943, the beginning of the boom, are turning 60 years old this year.
Also, Social Security has been highly scrutinized for its perceived inability to take care of America’s aging population. This problem will be especially significant in Southeast Ohio, where people tend to be on the low end of the socioeconomic ladder.
Harry Clary is being held by nurse's aide Teresa Lamb while he is being put to bed. Mr. Clary passed away days later.
A resident and stroke patient watches a rerun of "Leave It to Beaver" in the activities room.
Lola Hibbard chuckles with nurses on the day she checks out. Hibbard was at the center recovering from an injury.
One of two weekly bingo games unfolds in the activity room. The room has since been remodeled into a "serenity room" filled with baubles and painted lavender color to help comfort agitated residents with Alzheimer's.
Ben Clay’s son-in-law holds his hands as he suffers end-stage colon cancer. Clay passed away a week later.
Activities aide Mary Stewart caresses resident Kate Cornwell during a Wednesday gospel show.
Joanna Chiki looks at old family photos as her husband Al rests. Both live together at the center and suffer from dementia.
Rita Schumacher, right, wipes her face during a visit by her husband, Bob, center. Rita shares the room with Mary Cuetan, left. Most people at the center share rooms with other residents.
Blaine and Boyd Cornwell, professional caddies by trade, sing gospel music they've written themselves to residents of the center. The Cornwell's mother is a resident at the center.
Ben Clay is surrounded by family as he rests. He passed away two days later.
Wilma Jean Pugh is shown a greeting card from a local church. Pugh was born with severe Down syndrome, and is believed one of the oldest people living with the condition.
Della Cheney has a Mother's Day corsage pinned to her lapel. A local Wal-Mart donated the corsages on the day after the holiday.
R. N. Pam Yost holds on to resident Howard Wilson as he tries to leave the center. Often, people with Alzheimer's suffer from sundown syndrome, become agitated and wander in the late afternoon and evening hours.
Resident Howard Wilson suffers from a headache after playing his harmonica.
Lewis Hillyer looks out the front window. Hillyer had checked in the previous week. He said he would not be leaving the center.