Senior living center’s ads take a richer view of the bittersweet realities of getting older

Little Hands of Stone moves beyond the clichés for Aegis Living, a network of communities out west

Published On
May 06, 2024

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Aging is typically considered a bad thing, with a good chunk of the consumer products market dedicated to minimizing its effects. But Aegis Living, a network of senior assisted living centers in Washington, California and Nevada, today breaks an ad campaign that aims to reframe aging as the ultimate shared experience—worthy of better messaging than the category’s standard clichés.

A 60-second spot (above) is fresh for the category, eschewing the usual imagery of smiling seniors on pickleball courts and instead presenting aging as something that’s happening to all of us, all the time. This more emotional approach recognizes how difficult it can be for families to entrust their loved ones to the care of strangers.

The campaign is from agency Little Hands of Stone, whose co-founder, Matt McCain, said that “treating old people like unfortunate victims robs them of respect and robs the rest of us of seeing that we’re all barreling towards the same reality.”

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The creative team of Kevin Jones and Patty Orlando—Wieden+Kennedy alums who both have elderly and/or deceased parents—crafted the work. “They presented an image of a newborn baby with the headline ‘Future old person’ and it blew our minds,” said McCain. “It was an entirely new way of looking at aging and celebrates that shared journey.” 

There is an interesting radio component to the campaign, with a 101-year-old Aegis resident talking about what aging means to her. 

 

The campaign was also informed by the experiences of Little Hands of Stone’s other co-founder, Michael Boychuk, whose father had a bad experience at another assisted living community before moving to Aegis, where his mental and physical health improved dramatically.

“We label each other as ‘young’ or ‘middle-aged’ or ‘elderly,’ but in reality, we all begin aging the moment we’re born,” said Boychuk. “Getting older is a wild, unstoppable series of joyful, beautiful, painful events that we get the privilege of experiencing for as long as we’re allowed. Any added elements on top of that core truth would only get in the way.”

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Credits

Date
May 06, 2024
Client :
Aegis Living
Agency :
Little Hands of Stone
Creative Director :
Michael Boychuk
Creative Director :
Matt McCain
Creative Director :
Kevin Jones
Creative Director :
Patty Orlando
Copywriter :
Kevin Jones
Copywriter :
Patty Orlando
Art Director :
Patty Orlando
Account Management :
Brooke Braafladt
Creative Operations :
Tiffany Stone
Producer :
Amy Barriochoa
Design & Animation :
Elastic
Editorial :
Rock Paper Scissors
Finishing :
A52
Music Agency :
The Crystal Creative
Music Supervisor :
Tommy Phelan
Creative Director :
Alex Price
Composer :
Frogi
Composer :
Kyle Girard
Footage Research :
Stalkr
Radio :
Hearby Sound

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