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Journalism fellows promise in-depth portrayal of aging in a diverse America
Date:9/29/2011

the economic insecurity and health challenges of aging Minnesotans.

Jongwon Lee (editor, Korea Daily Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.) will publish a three-part series on the strain of American traditional ways felt by elders in extended families, especially with family crowding in the current housing crisis.

Pamela MacLean (senior writer, RedwoodAge.com, Larkspur, Calif.) will produce three multimedia articles on mental health issues awaiting aging boomers and their Generation X children. The veteran legal issues reporter will a focus on such developments as diagnostic changes that may affect insurance coverage; uncertain availability of mental health facilities; and legal and law-enforcement concerns, such as protecting mentally incapacitated elders from fraud.

Nadia Maiwandi (community and events editor, India Currents Magazine, San Jose, Calif.) will explore the plight of elderly immigrant women from South Asia, especially Afghanistan, who find themselves dependent on their families and the women who care for them, often while juggling multiple responsibilities both in and outside of their homes.

Araceli Martinez Ortega (Sacramento correspondent, La Opion, Los Angeles, Calif.) will develop a series on the struggles of Latino elders living solely on Social Security, especially those who are parents of incarcerated children.

Andrea Parrott (freelance writer, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minneapolis, Minn.) will author a three-part series on Alzheimer's disease, with an emphasis on African American families.

James Ridgeway (senior Washington correspondent, Mother Jones, Washington, D.C.), a documentary producer, author/co-author of 16 books, and former political editor of the Village Voice, will concentrate on the rising tide of aging prisoners, especially those aging in solitary confinement.

Rebecca Rivas (staff reporter/video pro
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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