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My photography project evolved from a good idea into an amazing journey. I knew I would enjoy taking pictures of the elder residents of Frasier Meadows, but I had no idea the special gifts this experience would give me. After every shoot I would be inspired by each resident and their willingness to share their talents with me as I shared my talent with them.

–Heidi Wagner

Heidi Wagner, a professional photographer and Exercise Therapist at Frasier Meadows in Boulder, Colorado, embarked on a photographic journey she titled The Passions Project.  Heidi began to capture the love for life, talent, art and adventure of the many talented residents at Frasier Meadows.

Heidi took nearly 100 photos of each resident, who then got to select their own final picture.  The residents were invited to come to Heidi with interest in having their photograph taken and the collection in black and white really captures the big hearts of the people willing to share their life passions.

There is Clint Heiple on his motorcycle, Pat Doughty with the masks she makes, Bill Ardourel playing the mandolin and many more inspiring images.  Each photo is accompanied by a quote from the resident.

The project came together in a collection of photographs which will be displayed at the LeadingAge Annual meeting in Denver, October 21-24, 2012.  IAHSA will offer several international sessions and an IAHSA reception.  To register for the event, please visit the conference registration page.

To view some of the photos, visit The Passions Project blog page.

Betty [Credit: Heidi Wagner Photography]

The Rudd Government has reiterated its commitment to an overhaul of community care and the provision of more short-term residential aged care options for older Australians.

Speaking at the ageing population summit in Melbourne, The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot conceded that consumers often find the current system difficult to navigate.

“We recognise that although the community care services are meeting the needs of many people, the system is unnecessarily complex and somewhat fragmented – making it hard for many people to find the services they need,” she said.

The minister said the government’s new initiatives will be aimed at improving accessibility.

“While continuing to fund expansion in community care, we will review and improve the range of community care programs, and particularly the administrative arrangements that apply across programs,” she said.

“The result will be a simpler, fairer, more consumer focused system that dovetails with the broader aged care system.”

At the same time, Mrs Elliot acknowledged that residential care clients are older and frailer than in the past.

She indicated that the Government will continue to push for more sub-acute and short-term residential options for older Australians.

“There will be [a] need for intensive medical care that lies between acute and long-term care as well as intermittent residential care,” said Mrs Elliot.

The Minister announced that 25 of the 228 Commonwealth-funded transition care places announced in late June are now operational in Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

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