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This Week on Metro Connection: Elders & Aging

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:06:40
Welcome to "Metro Connection," I'm Rebecca Sheir. And you may not know this, but May is Older Washingtonians Month. The D.C. Office on Aging says our local senior population is on the rise with seniors comprising roughly a sixth of D.C.'s residents. We have about 25,000 people who are 75 years and older, 10,000 who are 85 years and older and get this, each year the district throws this big celebration for residents who are 100 years and older, right? And back when this bash started in the 1980s, about ten people were identified as fitting that 100 plus bill. Nowadays, D.C. can identify at least 200.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:19
So on today's show, we're paying tribute to our elders. We'll talk about aging in the D.C. area and hear some longtime locals reflect on how life used to be around these parts. We'll meet a 93-year-old ballerina, a 91-year-old transportation advocate and we'll talk about other kinds of aging, too, from aging forests to aging metro technology.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:42
But first, we wondered how Washingtonians view the elders in their life, the role they play in bridging the past and the future so we sent our intern, Lauren Landau, to the streets of D.C. to find out.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1

13:07:55
I love my grandmother. She's one of my best mentors. She's experienced the world so I take her wisdom to heart and she -- something about picking a wife one day, you know, striving for my goals and my dreams, landing the perfect job and great advice about raising my son.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1

13:08:16
My grandmother, she basically raised me. She was my biggest influence in my life and taught me everything that I know, as far as how to conduct myself in society to be a good woman. I miss her to death and it's something I guess because the way I felt about her, I kind of look out for older people when I see them.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2

13:08:37
I just had a 95-year-old relative pass, no problem. She was not under any duress. She was not in a nursing home. She was walking, talking. She just got back off a two-week vacation, the whole kit and caboodle, 95 years old.

MS. LAUREN LANDAU

13:08:47
And what lessons have you learned from the elderly?

2

13:08:50
Yes, just live a good, clean life, be happy. Don't let anything worry you, stress you out.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 3

13:08:54
My grandmother also used to -- I can't remember exactly. She used to say, first, know you're right or at least think you're right and then go ahead and if you're wrong, come back and apologize.

SHEIR

13:09:15
Those were some Washingtonians reflecting on the role elders play in their life. Now we'd like to hear from you. Send us your thoughts about the elders you know and love at metro@wamu.org
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