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

workers in every health profession from nursing aides to physicians. America currently has one certified geriatrician for every 2,500 older Americans. Wolfe plans to address the problems of this imbalance and detail the policy choices that will help determine who will care for the aged.

Rong Xiaoqing, a reporter for Sing Tao Daily in New York, NY, will explore how the dramatic increase of interracial marriages among young Asians in recent years affects the lives of their aging parents. Asian seniors often find traditions and family obligations to care for them upended when a white husband or Hispanic wife enters the family.

Mohammed Yussuf, the editor-in-chief for Runta (Truth) in Seattle, WA, proposed three stories to be disseminated to the Somali community about depression and isolation among those ages 60 and older. The multimedia packages will include video and photos. The articles will reveal strategies and resources for coping with depression and strengthening support networks within Somali families and communities.

Aylin Zafar, a freelance journalist working with TheAtlantic.com's Technology Channel, will plug into the brave new world of social media for seniors from Facebook to Skype and investigate how this new technology is impacting their quality of life and mental health. Her stories will show how these tools are affecting seniors' mental health status, particularly among those who have had depression, anxiety, or even dementia.

Mei Zhou and Ke Yuan, producers for the "Zooming In" documentary series at New Tang Dynasty Television's Los Angeles Bureau and contributors for the Epoch Times in E
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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