Can we reframe how we see the problems of old age? How do we “fix” what’s broken? How do we acknowledge the value and equal status of those who are the least welcome?
Artist Alecia Neo invited residents of Blk 7 Telok Blangah Crescent to share the importance of restoring dignity to the community. Over a few sessions, she learnt that some residents were seniors living in isolation or with mental illnesses. Many of whom were often “invisible” to others. Thus, they have a strong sense of wanting to reconnect with people. They also believe in the importance of human connections and relationships.
Over time, Alecia encouraged the seniors to uncover the many abilities and assets that they have – from being community organisers, great cooks, crafting, recycling and upcycling, collectors, teachers, and carers for their environment to bearing a wealth of knowledge about local history and culture.