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SPOTLIGHT: THE HEART OF SENIOR LIVING


Interactive Project Shows Impact of Older Adults and Their Stories


By Ken McDonald


The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights has an art gallery open to the public, where the exhibit debuted.


filed in the ground-breaking project “Not Another Second,” it represents the collec- tive time in which they lived either double lives or suppressed their true identities. The thought of the time still ahead is the


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concept for a multimedia project—an inter- active photographic art exhibit, a 14-minute video, a 148-page coffee-table book and a website. These older adults’ stories, photos, and insights have garnered enormous atten- tion and international acclaim. (Note: Older adults and those in the exhibit prefer to use the term LGBT+.)


magine 485 years. That’s 15.3 billion seconds, give or take a few. For the 12 LGBT+ older adults pro-


The project is a collaboration between


Watermark Retirement Communities and SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest orga- nization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older people. The exhibit has been greeted enthusias-


tically since its opening, in January 2021 at the art gallery within The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights in New York. It is expected to begin traveling to other Wa- termark communities around the country later this year. It’s only the first of several projects fo-


cusing on the stories and lifetimes of older adults of many different cultures that the


provider is planning over the next several years. The goal is to show the diversity, im- pact, and importance of older adults and what they have learned. The inaugural exhibit for the com-


munity’s gallery and in the provider’s program has proven both popular and moving. “‘Not Another Second’ has been laud-


ed by stellar press coverage, gone viral in international social media, and has been sold out during its entire exhibition run in Brooklyn,” says Rocco Bertini, the execu- tive director of The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights. “Having a public art exhibit like this pro-


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