We’ve grown up in the United States, but what’s it like to grow old here?
We are two college students, whose studies in literature and writing have taught us to prize the narratives that statistics and sound bites cannot capture. And we are granddaughters, whose conversations with our grandmothers have stirred an interest in the stories of women who have come before us. With support from Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, we seek to expand those conversations with our own grandmothers — to ask of elderly women across the nation: What does it mean to age in your city?
Through photographs, videos, and written reflections, this blog offers snapshots of those lived experiences. What is it like to grow old in Albuquerque, or Dallas, or Washington, D.C.? How do women across the nation perceive and experience aging, and how can their voices be shared with younger generations? This January, we are driving from Piedmont, CA, to Providence, RI, to find out.