1. I try and get people on video as soon as possible because you never know how long they’re going to be here and video has never let me down. It’s wonderful. I just set my camera up on a tripod, I invite people in to sit with me and talk for half an hour about anything that’s on their mind. …

    "It’s almost like the most intimate form of communication that I can think of and it allows me to sit there with a person and for a few moments, we just let our guards down. …

    "I find that people that I’ve never talked before in that way all of a sudden open and your life spills out in front of me and I’m moved often to tears myself. One of the first things I do when someone’s died is show the video to their children. I still keep them but I always show it to the family if I do have a video of the deceased.

    — Martin Bayne on recording people’s final days

  2. Martin Bayne

    assisted living

  1. We as a society have begun to think of what our elders are capable of as merely pinochle and dancing and bingo — and that’s such a waste of humanity. It really is. I mean, that’s sadder in my opinion than cases of neglect that you see in facilities. To see someone who is, or was a doctorate — had a doctorate — or was a high-level professional or was just good at what they did, could have been a cabinet maker, and then to see them lose that edge, to see them stop and become what I call elder zombies. It’s very sad, very sad.

    — Former journalist Martin Bayne on societal perceptions of the elderly

  2. Martin Baye

    assisted living

    elderly