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Jane  Gross

Jane Gross

Jane Gross writes about all aspects of aging, from public health policy to long term care, Medicare and caregiving. Jane Gross is the author of "A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves'' (Knopf, 2011) and the founding blogger of "The New Old Age,'' at the New York Times, about the intersection of adult children and their aging parents. Following her own mother's death, she and her family dealt with issues that took them by surprise in their complexity and she was determined that others not have to re-invent the wheel in medical, legal, financial, and residential choices. Her expertise, including public policy, is essential at this unprecedented demographic moment: And what she has to says has special resonance as the nation struggles with health care reform, the huge debt and the likelihood of key changes to Medicare and Medicaid, all being played out in an especially toxic political climate.

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Ms. Gross' 29 year career at the New York Times gave her the opportunity to work side-by-side with a generation of journalistic giants and herself cover an array of historic events and social developments. Among them were the early days of the AIDs epidemic, the advent of crack cocaine, the explosion of autism, the last major earthquakes in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, the riots surrounding the Rodney King verdict, coverage of 911 (including a major role in the New York Times' prize winning "Portraits in Grief'') and also its award winning series "Children of the Shadows." These assignments led to a half dozen Pulitzer Prize nominations and other awards.

During her years writing about aging -- in the print edition of the paper, for her blog and her book --- all the nation's leading professionals in the field were Ms. Gross' trusted sources and she is frequently called upon to be the voice of the "real'' caregiver, not the credentialed or academic expert, at prestigious panels and forums sponsored by groups including the AARP Public Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress think tank, the New York State chapter of the Geriatric Care Managers Association and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Early in her career, while covering sports, she was among a handful of women who were the first permitted in male locker rooms and profiled by Roger Angel in the New Yorker magazine, a piece later included in one of his famed anthologies. Her own assignments in those years included the famed Knicks basketball teams of the 1970s, the George Steinbrenner-Billy Martin-Reggie Jackson Yankees, great tennis rivalries including Jimmy Connors vs John McEnroe and Chris Evert vs Martina Navratilova and the emergence of Renee Richards (nee Richard Raskin) as a transsexual tennis player. Her late father, Milton Gross, was a nationally syndicated sports columnist for The New York Post so her childhood was spent at spring training, in press boxes, at major heavyweight boxing matches and in the unique milleu of bigtime sport in NYC in the 1950s and 1960s.

To read Jane's New York Times blog posts, click here.

    Jane Gross puts her story in the larger context of how we organize health care in this country, what science is coming to know about aging, and how as individuals and institutions we can meet the challenge in ways both wise and loving.

    Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center

    Jane Gross reveals, with rare candor and eloquence, the dramas, conflicts, uncertainties, and ultimate rewards of caring for her mother. A persistent reporter, she followed every lead to include essential information and advice for anyone caring for, or likely to care for, an aging parent."

    Carol Levine, Director, United Hospital Fund