Columbia Journalism School


The Washington Post picks up package by News21 fellows

August 18, 2010

This summer Columbia Journalism School's News21 fellows tackled the subject of aging – how Americans grapple with the physical and emotional changes that accompany longer lives and what lies ahead for us all. Several of their stories have been picked up by The Washington Post and appeared in the science and health section.

According to Patrick Egan '10, 90 million Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2050. His story and an accompanying video – produced by Sherisse Pham '10, Joshua Tapper '10 and Alex Berg '10 – explore ways the U.S. can prepare for this anticipated strain on health care, including the advent of "telemedicine."

Abigail Jones '10 and Scott Sell '10 covered the roles social isolation, death of a spouse and depression can play in senior citizens' lives.

"Losing a partner can affect older adults in several ways, especially if they're already ill or frail. A couple with health limitations can live independently by relying on each other; when one dies, the other may be ill-prepared for new responsibilities and stresses," the team reported.

Connor Boals '10 and Tapper produced an audio slideshow about Walter Breuning who, at 113 years of age, is the oldest living man. Tapper also covered studies that indicate that wisdom and happiness increase with age.

A video by Sharaf Mowjood '10 and Aaron James profiles Mohamed Aniff, a geriatrician who treats his patients in their New York homes.

Last week, Mowjood also received a contribution credit in a New York Times front page story about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

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