PHOTO: in the wake: JapanTsunami_Dambj_20120305_1456

Elderly Japanese residents of a temporary housing complex gather at a community center to drink tea and socialize. Aid workers believe the community centers are vital for helping the elderly deal with loneliness and trauma after their homes were destroyed; most families in the area have lived in the same homes for generations and lost the social networks they relied on.

Elderly Japanese residents of a temporary housing complex gather at a community center to drink tea and socialize. Aid workers believe the community centers are vital for helping the elderly deal with loneliness and trauma after their homes were destroyed; most families in the area have lived in the same homes for generations and lost the social networks they relied on.