Gray Area



A podcast about growing old in and around New York. Produced by graduate students at Columbia Journalism School. Visit us at


  • The Little Old Lady Stays Put

    09/04/2018 Duration: 37min

    In this episode we meet Jackie, who can’t help but wonder how much longer she’ll be able to stay in her house. Like most other older Americans, Jackie wants to grow old in her own home and community. But lately, life’s been forcing her to consider leaving the place she loves.

  • The Caregiving Conundrum

    09/04/2018 Duration: 31min

    In this episode, we meet Geoffrey and Martha Levy during a cold winter in New York, when the financial challenges of caregiving force the couple to make some hard choices.

  • Getting Out Gray

    09/04/2018 Duration: 30min

    In this episode, we meet José Saldana. He’s 66 years old and was released from prison in January after serving 38 years inside. For the past few months, he’s been learning to adapt to life in New York City, and life out of prison.

  • Life Outside the Lines

    09/04/2018 Duration: 37min

    In early 2017, Sarah's grandfather passed away from complications of vascular dementia. Her family never truly dealt with his diagnosis, and the end of his life felt totally disconnected from how he lived. So Sarah set out in search of a better way to live with dementia. This is what she found.