Ilvy Njiokiktjien

The Old Normal 

Story commissioned by the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative. Text and images by Ilvy Njiokiktjien.
In summertime the Blom family often shares meals outside in the garden. Zoelmond, the Netherlands, 21 May 2020.
The Old Normal explores co-housing as a solution to the challenges of providing elderly care, the rising costs of living, living sustainably, and feelings of loneliness and isolation.

There are currently about 100-150 official co-housing projects in the Netherlands, located in 60 municipalities. These are the type of projects where groups of people live together, sharing communal living spaces. Co-housing structures where people live together with family are not counted in the above statistics, but it is also referred to as co-housing, or co-living.
Els (left) helps her husband John, together with her daughter in law Lisa Wade (41) and granddaughter Norah (1), on 25 September 2020.
A group of older men and women sit and visit together during the organized Friday-night drinks on 28 February 2020 in Culemborg, the Netherlands. 
Simon Douw plays a game together with his mother Nel Douw and his son Jonas at the dinner table in their co-housing structure in Westzaan, the Netherlands, on 18 October 2020.

Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative

This project is one of the stories commissioned by the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative, supporting visual storytellers to produce stories reporting on a response to a problem. The initiative is a joint project by the World Press Photo Foundation, the Message in a Photo Foundation (MIAP) and the Solutions Journalism Network