Loneliness in old age

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When I was working on this project, my mother was 83. My neighbours, who are widows and widowers, are really interesting, entertaining, humorous people, but are rarely noticed because people don’t take the time to listen. I got to know these people on a personal basis and found they all have something in common – they are so lonely. Loneliness in old age is a terrible side effect of our culture.

Photography is my voice, so I decided to do a photo essay to raise awareness of this situation in our society – to give a voice to the seniors who are lonely. If, by creating this awareness, I could just change the life of one senior, then I have achieved my goal.

Does Lieselotte’s strory resonate with you? Do you know someone in her situation who you could reach out to?

See more of Petra’s work on Flickr.


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