A World of Aging

CHHS & Office of the Arts Host Aging Exhibit

4/21: College of Health and Human Services’ Center for Healthy Communities, the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences’ gerontology program and the UNC Wilmington Office of the Arts is hosting a photography exhibit entitled A World of Aging.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine is an associate professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a nationally-recognized expert in wound care and pressure injuries. His many publications include the wound care chapter in the Geriatric Review Syllabus published by the American Geriatrics Society and explorations into the fascinating history of wound care. Levine is also an accomplished artist and photographer whose images have appeared in numerous publications including The Gerontologist, the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

A World of Aging is a portion of Levine’s portfolio from his travels in the United States, India, Russia and several countries in both Central Asia and South America. The exhibit is designed to foster intergenerational, international and interprofessional discussions about the subject of aging.

“Students of aging know that the older population is more diverse than ever, with differences expressed in color, culture, identity, social standing, educational level and economics,” Levine said.

When he began his geriatric fellowship in the 1980s, aging was barely on the map of medical education. It was then he set out with his camera to create a visual encyclopedia of aging. Over the next three decades, he photographed the pathology of old age on the hospital wards, and explored healthy aging in communities across the world with a goal of challenging stereotypes and changing the image of older people, and stimulating interest in the field of gerontology of geriatrics. Because of the vast nature of his subject matter and the time constraints of his medical practice in New York City, this turned out to be a quixotic endeavor that Levine feels will never be finished.

“As a geriatrician, I’ve learned that strength in spirit as well as body are requirements of reaching old age, and this is what I try to express,” Levine said. “Growing old is a human journey that most of us will experience thanks to advances in hygiene, nutrition, and medical care, and picturing it with my camera has enriched me through travel and learning about life from some very interesting people. I am happy to share this with you through this exhibit.”

A World of Aging is located on the first floor of Veterans Hall, in the south wing. The exhibit was made possible by Dr. Jeffrey Levine’s generous donation of these prints to UNC Wilmington and a College of Health and Human Services Cultural Activity Grant. A virtual exhibit of more of Levine’s work, entitled Aging Across America, will be available through the online platform, Exhibbit, in the fall of 2021.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tina Newsham, newshamt@uncw.edu

Know Before You Go:

  • Located on the campus of UNC Wilmington in Veterans Hall (at the corner of Cahill and Walton Drives).
  • Exhibit is housed in the south wing, closest to Cahill Drive.
  • Exhibit can be accessed during regular business hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.