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How Are Detroit’s Senior Citizens Doing?

While Detroit’s overall population has declined, the number of seniors has grown in recent years, according to U.S. Census records.

Julia Kassem is a journalist at WDET’s Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, Detroit Public Television, reporting on how senior citizens are faring in the region. She spoke with WDET’s Laura Herberg about the issues they’re facing in Detroit.

Click on the audio player above to hear that interview. You can check out a recent article by Kassem on the subject below.

Matt Morley

Seniors play games at an activity center in St. Clair Shores.

What ‘aging in place’ means in Detroit

By Julia Kassem

Patricia Lovett maintains an impeccable lot outside her east Detroit street, salvaging her property amidst the cohabitation of blight intermittent in her neighborhood. Her home is cozy, spotless and warm, inundated with china sets, floral arrangements, trophies, and photos; souvenirs that showcase a zeal for living.

When we came in everything was beautiful but [now] it’s a terrible neighborhood,” she says. “But you know, our homes are paid for. And we’re on a fixed income–even to rent a house now is more than what we get in a month.” Read full story.

Image credit: Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Filed Under: #seniors #aging in place

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

  

 

This post is a part of How's Detroit Doing?.

With voices, data, news, and experiences WDET is creating a collection of answers to this question, found at howsdetroitdoing.org.

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Support for WDET's work with The Detroit Journalism Cooperative comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

  

 

About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region, the issues that affect them, as well as classic public radio “fluff.”

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