Aging Is Living- Myth Breaking Stories From Long Term Care

A Miles Nadal JCC Gallery Exhibit based on the book written by social worker Irene Borins Ash

As a social worker I began to question why some seniors become depressed while others, despite problems they faced in life, were joyously and passionately involved in living. My research led to my first book Treasured Legacies- Older & Still Great Second Story Press: 2003 which presented photographs and interviews with 44 seniors as well as a list of the common traits shared by the inspiring seniors I was privileged to meet and profile.  Everyone in the first book was living in their own home except for Ann Seaton who was living at the Apotex Centre, the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

Saying that her years at Baycrest were amongst some of her best, Ann inspired me to travel around Ontariofor 3 years interviewing seniors and in some cases younger people who were living in various long term care homes. The resulting exhibit was on display at RyersonUniversityas part of Contact and was launched at Queen’s Park.  This work became my second book “Aging Is Living- Myth Breaking Stories From Long Term Care” Dundurn Press: 2009.  I wrote the book to help take away some of the fear that people have about spending the later part of their life in a home.

Staying at home when care needs are round the clock and a person is housebound creates social isolation which is bad for your physical and mental health.  Aging is Living illustrates how people in nursing homes can thrive because their care needs are provided for along with being offered a variety of social programs. The family of the resident can also be released from “survival mode” to mend relationships and enjoy each other’s company.

-Irene Borins Ash

The Exhibit will run from June 13-July 22, 2012 at the Miles Nadal JCC

Gallery Hours
M-F 9:00am-9:00pm
S-S 9:00am-7:00pm

Irene can be reached at


TheOntarioLong Term Care Association
ChristieGardensApartments and Care Inc.
Extendicare Inc.
Leisureworld Caregiving Centres
PointClick Care
Responsive Health Management


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  1. I popped in to spend a few minutes with this amazing exhibition. What a treat! I urge you to come in and see these empowering photos, paired with true words of wisdom…

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