Many thanks to the LA County Library team at the AC Bilbrew branch yesterday who exhibited our project "Going Gray in LA" and took it as a jumping off point to record the histories of local elders, including Ms. Ruby Jones (third from left) who just turned 100 a couple of weeks ago.
This June, we gave a final presentation about our storytelling project, "Going Gray in LA" to a large crowd of social workers, aging researchers, medical doctors and other providers who are advocating for the rights of older adults in Los Angeles County. We were joined by Kenwood Jung, a housing rights activist from Chinatown, and Michelle Cotton, a family caregiver from South Los Angeles -- both of whom we spent time with for our stories.
We're excited to finally be able to roll out our collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project this Fall! We'll be telling stories about growing old in the city of youth. Like the story of 85 year-old Mrs. Yeung, who lives in a single room occupancy building above a factory in a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles. She pays $345 a month for the 80 square-foot room where she sleeps, cooks, eats, and watches TV. Mrs. Yeung is not alone: about a third of women over 65 years of age in Los Angeles live by themselves, too.
We are so happy to announce that starting in April, we will be collaborating with KCRW's Independent Producer Project on a year-long project! We'll be telling stories about growing old in the city of youth, and will be eager to hear of anyone you know who might be worth talking to --or picking their brain-- on this subject. See you all in LA.