“I like to dance and I have been dancing since young,” said Siew Eng, 64, a participant at People's Association (PA) Dancethon 2013.
There are many different faces and just as many different expressions. Behind the face of every person is a unique story.
At Face Up, which was started in 2013, we look at the diverse – and sometimes invisible – faces of seniors in Singapore. They represent a growing population in many countries, including Singapore, where the youth will soon be the minority.
Through this photographic experience, we want you to reflect about your ageing (or face up to it, if you will) and break down the ongoing prejudices against seniors. If people said you couldn’t do it, and you could, wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to prove them wrong?
Equally important are the roving activists leading this project. They represent a small group of youths (and one mentor) who can’t stand by the sidelines and watch the faces go by, but want to make full use of this ageing phenomenon to make a point.
You can't run away from ageing. So come on this journey with us and see what you've been missing out. For the youths who volunteer to join the cause, you get to pick up some new skills like interviewing, writing, listening and communicating. An added bonus – you get to learn more about ageing and hopefully narrow your own intergenerational gap with your loved ones. For seniors, you get to hear the stories of your peers, and in turn, you learn not to create ageing mindsets of your own.