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Fellowship allows diverse reporters to cultivate public awareness of aging issues
Date:10/13/2010

se Mercury News, will explore intergenerational issues in the hospice and palliative care field. The recognition of palliative care as a medical specialty in 2008 has spurred growth of this field in hospitals and medical schools but it also has resulted in a generational gap between the new and young crop of end-of-life care doctors and their patients.

Adolfo Flores, an editor and reporter for El Nuevo Sol in Los Angeles, CA, and the Pasadena Star-News will focus on grandparents raising or helping to raise their grandchildren. In four articles with multimedia components, he will examine how grandparents often ease the struggle of Latino parents in trying to raise children, the lack of programs and outreach to communities of color, health issues that grandparents face in parenting, and the quality of education that grandparents are helping these children receive.

Shaleece Haas, a freelance journalist working with KCAW-Raven Radio in Sitka, AK, will develop a three-part series for statewide public radio to examine how native Alaskan and other seniors are accessing or failing to access the services they need. Installments will provide an overview of elders' needs, explore how community services in small Alaska towns and villages help fill the gap and provide elder caring for their elderly, and show how caregivers are helping their aging parents, often from a distance.

Christina Hernandez, a freelance journalist working with the Philadelphia Inquirer, will expose the hidden epidemic of falls affecting elders in the largely African American and Latino community of Camden, NJ. Preventable falls are a major concern in our aging society and lead to major injuries, brain trauma, and death. But their effects also may be compoun
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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