Going Gray in LA

Listen to the story Read the story There’s a one-story brick building off of Central Avenue, in the heart of industrial South LA. It has no sign at the entrance;…

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She’s not the teacher, but when 70-year-old Joann Priestly shows up at this preschool, she is well-prepared for each lesson.

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If there’s an expert on what it means to age in Los Angeles, it’s Dr. William Vega, Executive Director of USC’s Royal Institute on Aging. We talked to him at…

What makes life worth living today?

If there’s an expert on what it means to age in Los Angeles, it’s Dr. William Vega, Executive Director of USC’s Royal Institute on Aging. We talked to him at…

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Bobbe Akalonu, 82, moves slowly and carries a cane. Elegantly dressed with her wide-brimmed black hat, she has places to go. The LA native has spent the last six years…

At 82 this caregiver now teaches others

Bobbe Akalonu, 82, moves slowly and carries a cane. Elegantly dressed with her wide-brimmed black hat, she has places to go. The LA native has spent the last six years…

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Old age comes fast, and many aren’t sure how to plan for the inevitable. But in Michelle Cotton’s family, kids have taken care of their parents for generations.

Why taking care of mom is part of this family tradition

Old age comes fast, and many aren’t sure how to plan for the inevitable. But in Michelle Cotton’s family, kids have taken care of their parents for generations.

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Since last April, we’ve been spending a lot of time along Broadway, from Lincoln Heights in the northern end of the avenue, through Chinatown, and into Downtown. Our reporting has…

Bridging language and culture gaps to talk about aging in LA

Since last April, we’ve been spending a lot of time along Broadway, from Lincoln Heights in the northern end of the avenue, through Chinatown, and into Downtown. Our reporting has…

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Most Angelenos are unaware that there’s a huge apartment complex for older adults right in downtown Los Angeles.

A longtime caregiver becomes a friend at Angelus Plaza

Most Angelenos are unaware that there’s a huge apartment complex for older adults right in downtown Los Angeles.

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Downtown Los Angeles is home to the the nation’s largest affordable senior housing project. Angelus Project is home to more than 1400 people over 62.

Waiting for Castro’s death like your life depends on it

Downtown Los Angeles is home to the the nation’s largest affordable senior housing project. Angelus Project is home to more than 1400 people over 62.

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Many older people worry about having to move out of their homes as they age. When it comes to living a long, independent life, not all neighborhoods are created equal.…

Listen: Little Tokyo, a model place to age at home

Many older people worry about having to move out of their homes as they age. When it comes to living a long, independent life, not all neighborhoods are created equal.…

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An increasing number of American seniors are only getting one meal a day, relying on food banks to add to their pantries for the month. Often, these daily meals aren’t…

Why some LA seniors don’t have enough to eat

An increasing number of American seniors are only getting one meal a day, relying on food banks to add to their pantries for the month. Often, these daily meals aren’t…

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At roughly five blocks, Little Tokyo is one of LA’s smallest and densest neighborhoods, bringing together luxury hotels, Buddhist temples and mom-and-pop shops that have been in…

History, community and affordable housing make Little Tokyo a unique place to grow old

At roughly five blocks, Little Tokyo is one of LA’s smallest and densest neighborhoods, bringing together luxury hotels, Buddhist temples and mom-and-pop shops that have been in…

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Many older people worry about having to move out of their homes as they age. When it comes to living a long, independent life, not all neighborhoods are created equal.…

Finding home, fighting change and growing old in Little Tokyo

Many older people worry about having to move out of their homes as they age. When it comes to living a long, independent life, not all neighborhoods are created equal.…

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“I like a hot meal, but nowadays I couldn’t pay the full price for one,” says Alan White. The 85-year-old is one of the 30 or so seniors who come…

‘They do love the soups!’ What it takes to get hot meals to hungry seniors

“I like a hot meal, but nowadays I couldn’t pay the full price for one,” says Alan White. The 85-year-old is one of the 30 or so seniors who come…

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Along Broadway, in Chinatown, there is a single room occupancy building with blacked out windows on the second floor, dating back to the ‘80s. It houses more than 40 people,…

A tale of two Chinatown buildings

Along Broadway, in Chinatown, there is a single room occupancy building with blacked out windows on the second floor, dating back to the ‘80s. It houses more than 40 people,…

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Part I: ‘I live in a room full of roaches’ You wouldn’t think anyone lives in this building, but a lot of people do. The building is in need of repairs…

Listen: What life is like for seniors in 2 different Chinatown buildings

Part I: ‘I live in a room full of roaches’ You wouldn’t think anyone lives in this building, but a lot of people do. The building is in need of repairs…

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A decade ago, 68-year-old Yingchang Song left his conventional life and his home of Qingdao in northeastern China. Recently widowed and retired, Mr.

Mr. Song’s California dream

A decade ago, 68-year-old Yingchang Song left his conventional life and his home of Qingdao in northeastern China. Recently widowed and retired, Mr.

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If you’re a low-income renter looking for a place to live in Los Angeles, you’re out of luck. A May 2016 study from the California Housing Partnership Corporation says there’s…

How to age in place when housing isn’t affordable

If you’re a low-income renter looking for a place to live in Los Angeles, you’re out of luck. A May 2016 study from the California Housing Partnership Corporation says there’s…

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Immigrants account for 12 percent of the 40 million elderly living in the United States. Most of them come to the US with the help of their adult children, who sponsor…

Listen: Mr. Song’s story

Immigrants account for 12 percent of the 40 million elderly living in the United States. Most of them come to the US with the help of their adult children, who sponsor…

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The current demand for affordable senior housing in Los Angeles is very high. Vacant units fill quickly, and it can take years to get placed. In working-class neighborhoods such as…

Listen: Fearing eviction, elderly renters learn their rights at this Lincoln Heights SRO

The current demand for affordable senior housing in Los Angeles is very high. Vacant units fill quickly, and it can take years to get placed. In working-class neighborhoods such as…

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Rent is cheap at this Lincoln Heights SRO, but residents fear that a new landlord may force them to leave.

With few options and facing eviction, elderly renters fight for what they’ve got

Rent is cheap at this Lincoln Heights SRO, but residents fear that a new landlord may force them to leave.

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