What does it mean to be healthy for a lifetime? In The Loft you will swap stories of healing, aging and a lifelong commitment to wellness.

The Loft

The Loft

Journey Wall and Photo Booths
Aging is a physical process, and this user-contributed wall of individual photo booth snapshots, arranged in loose chronological pattern, creates a composite snapshot of aging.

Milestones
A display case presents artifacts that are the physical representation of important cultural and personal milestones. The juxtaposition of items makes it clear that physical aging is only part of the process by which we mark our lives. You're reminded that being around to share important milestones is a great incentive to improve one’s health.
 
User Contributed Wall: Your Personal Milestones... 
As a complementary experience to the Milestones display case, an adjacent monitor displays cycling images and text of user-contributed information culled from a social media and web outreach effort. You will be asked to respond to a question along the lines of “what milestone are you anticipating?” The resulting comments and images will serve to augment and amplify our understanding of the implications of the milestones in our lives.

It Happened to Me
Here you can select stories told by a variety of people who have had to contend with changes in their health status. Goals are to make change and the possibility of change more "real," to engender empathy, and to show the range of ways people can cope with changes. 

User Contributed Wall: How Have You Changed?
This wall monitor displays cycling images and text of user-contributed information culled from a social media and web outreach effort. You will be asked to reflect on the ways you have changed; especially the changes you have made to improve your wellness.

Guess Who?
This display complements the User Contributed Wall and Journey Stories exhibit area, in showing normal progression of aging. You try to match up baby/youth and contemporary photos of Pacific Science Center staffers and other friends of the Academy. 

Face Facts!
A trio of identical stations allows you to see what kind of impact specific health and wellness choices could have on your physical appearance as you age. You can take a photo and watch as the software transforms your image based on factors of weight, sun exposure and smoking. 

Who Do You Turn To…
Here you create personalized collages about your friends and family with a computer interactive. As you answer questions about your social relationships, the names of people who provide support become larger and larger. 

User Contributed Wall: Aging Hall of Fame
This wall monitor displays cycling images and text of user-contributed information culled from a social media and web outreach effort.  Contributors are asked to share an image and description of someone over the age of 70 who shows what it means to have aged well.