The Plaza Showcasing Residents’ Photos

The Plaza at Mililani, an assisted living center in Central Oahu, has been turned into an art gallery featuring photographs by its residents.

The Plaza Photovoice Project put digital cameras into the hands of seniors. Since many of the residents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, photography is the only way they can express themselves.

“Photography has such a long history and is very popular with other age groups,” said Colby Takeda, who created the program. “I wanted to find a way for our residents to also take advantage of digital cameras and use it to give them a voice, regardless of their physical and mental capabilities.

“Some of our residents do not talk much, speak different languages, or constantly have to deal with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but they are able to use a camera and create very impressive photographs.”

The exhibit continues from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 30 at The Plaza, which is located at 95-1020 Ukuwai St.