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Date:10/13/2010

ded by limited access to care that plagues many low-income communities. Hernandez will write a major article or series with multimedia components.

Janice N. Lloyd, a senior reporter and blogger for USA Today, will center on how exercise can enhance the quality of life of aging baby boomers in their homes, in 55-plus communities, and in assisted living facilities. How, if at all, do new technologies (apps, nikeplus gadgets for nanos, pedometers) help? And what are the benefits of exercise approaches, such as running marathons, walking daily, playing tennis, or focusing on balance and posture through Pilates, tai chi, or yoga? Written pieces also will include a video component.

Katrina L. Rogers, a news reporter for the New Orleans Agenda, will write a series of up to five articles with video delving into the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster on the lives of elders on the Gulf Coast. The series will examine the effects on seniors from the urban neighborhoods of New Orleans to African American fishing communities and how their families are overlooked and silenced by the mainstream media.

Nayita Wilson, a contributing writer for The Louisiana Weekly in New Orleans, will write "Wise Investments," a series on the challenges African Americans face in saving for and financing their years. In two articles, she will explore how well-off boomers are financially as they transition into the next phase of life, what economic racial differences or disparities may be at work for older African Americans, and how effective financial planning and pre-retirement investments are for them.

Warren Wolfe, a staff writer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN, will examine the shortage of trained geriatric
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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