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From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

One of the unexpected consequences of the story on elderly Jewish women (page 6) was the emotional resonance it had for LILITH’s staff. We range in age from mid-twenties to mid-forties, and each of us has had different experiences with aging relatives. Yet none of us was comfortable discussing the topic, and we all reported very vivid afterthoughts or dreams about our own old age in the wake of the anxieties Paula Gantz’s article aroused: Who will care for us? Will we become shopping-bag ladies? Sociologist Pauline Bart has suggested that one reason Jewish parents don’t want to live with their adult children is that they fear putting that relationship to a test it might not pass.

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