Many of the 20 older New Yorkers whose lives are chronicled by Exceeding Expectations met each other for the first time on October 24, 2017 at the Columbia Journalism School. A crowd of Exceeding Expectations fans listened to the participants share their stories and advice.
For a more detailed story about the event, read here.
Sylvia Lask's determination to burn up miles of Bronx streets with her walker made FitBit, the company responsible for the popular fitness tracker she uses, take notice. They shared her story and video with their thousands of followers here:
Jacquie Murdock, a dancer, model, and Jazz enthusiast, was legally blind when we first met her two years ago, but she was able to get herself around the city on the subway by relying on the help of strangers.
Two years later, She is now completely blind, and has been diagnosed with cancer in both of her lungs. “I am just very glad to still be here,” Jacquie says, more than once, when we talk on the phone.
Jacquie was diagnosed with cancer right after she lost her sight. She stayed with her son outside...
Exceeding Expectation's own George Blomme and Doug McClure were featured on WeddingWire.com in 2017.
By: Dorian Block
George Blomme, 82, and Doug McClure, 76, want to get married, but despite the legalization of same-sex marriage, they still can’t.
In 1966, George, then 32, and Doug, then 26, met at a mutual friend’s holiday party. George was smitten when Doug followed up with a hand-written card in the mail. They have been together ever since despite the challenges of being gay during years...
The elevator is tight. It fits three people with walkers positioned just so, and two others, usually home attendants, as long as no one has a bag and everyone doesn’t mind touching. My pregnant belly, an unusual site around these parts, makes today’s squeeze even more snug.
Silence as we ride up together.
“Boy or girl?” a home attendant asks.
A pregnant lady gets used to questions like this, l...
The "One City" section of our site intends to give you a bit more context to the stories in Exceeding Expectations. Often we will put an example of one person into the perspective of the larger population. Other times we will define terms and discuss policy implications as they arise.
We begin by defining "life expectancy."
Let us know if you'd like to know more about an issue raised in one of the stories by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put simply, life expectancy is the average number of years a person of any given age will live. Usually, people talk about life expectancy at birth – how many years can a person born in a specific time and place expect to live? For the U.S. overall, life expectancy at birth has increased DRAMATICALLY in the last 110 years, from 1900 when it was 47 up to 78 in 2010.
You can also calculate life expectancy at different ages: IF a person born in a given year lives to be 70, THEN how many more years will...