Middle-Aged White Lady Lost in the Blues

  • Rosemary McCaslin California State University, San Bernardino


A critical life experience that shaped the author as a gerontological social worker was a friendship in her early adult years with an elderly, first generation bluesman. This chosen friendship with an elderly person much different from herself, at a time when she was forming her adult identity, had a profound effect on her understanding of late life and of intergenerational and interracial interactions. It also left the author with a lifelong love of the blues.

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