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SPOTLIGHT: THE HEART OF SENIOR LIVING


motes more exposure to the building. For the residents of the building, it is exciting for them. It creates a sense of liveliness for our residents to see people come into the building to see this wonderful exhibit.” The exhibit and book feature a series of compelling portraits by renowned German photographer Karsten Thormaehlen, known for his award-winning series “Hap- py at 100,” which focused on centenarians around the world. “Not Another Second” includes stories from each participant detail- ing personal journeys of how and when they decided to live openly as well as of finding love and companionship. The 12 individu- als come from diverse backgrounds and in- clude a former politician, military veterans, a Stonewall survivor, and a Black Panther.


And with each story comes a number—


the years of their lives spent not being their true selves. The numbers range from 61 (Paul Barby, the first openly gay male can- didate to run for Congress) all the way down to 0 (Lujira Cooper, an openly gay Black woman from New York City who overcame poverty and homelessness to create a better life for herself). There are also two couples (115 and 56 years lost, collectively) who are profiled. The genesis for the project goes back


nearly five years to a meeting that Water- mark president and CEO David Barnes and chairman David Freshwater attended. At the meeting they heard firsthand about the unique concerns that some older LGBT+ people had with moving into senior living


communities, including fear of discrimina- tion and concern they would not receive the same quality of care as other residents. Barnes remembers feeling disturbed and saddened by what he heard and began looking for ways to ensure Watermark’s welcoming commitment to all. This led Watermark, which manages 65


communities in 21 states, to become the first nationwide company of senior independent living, assisted living and memory care residences to pursue SAGECare Platinum credentials for all its communities. “The meeting was an eye-opener,”


Barnes says. “Watermark is an inclusive, welcoming company. Reaching out to the LGBT+ community has been, in some ways, a natural outcome of our commit-


“We had a wonderful response to the book signing,” says Julie Daugherty, executive director of The Fountains at The Albemarle, in North Carolina. “Ronnie is very well-loved in the community and a pillar of not only our community here in Tarboro, but also the historical area that he helped to rejuvenate back in Raleigh.”


50 SENIOR LIVING EXECUTIVE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021


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