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For the past 32 years, artist David Greenberger has made aging and decline the subject of his creative endeavors. As someone who deliberately remains
outside the field of geriatrics and medicine, Greenberger's observations and reflections offer a rich and unique vantage point. While he is aware of
the cognitive losses of his elderly subjects, he approaches each person as whole and complete despite the smaller range of their lives. He responds
to what they have in common: the desire for genuine communication and delight in a new experience. From these conversations, he creates books and
audio works intended as an art experience. The recordings and monologue performances are in his own voice, an abstraction that is essential for listeners to turn inward and think of their own lives.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx.