At 87, Annie is a kind and funny, while soft spoken; her smile is radiant. She is surrounded by a large and loving family, who visit her throughout the week to share in meals, laugh and help her with errands. Her daughter Rosa lovingly leads the charge in caring for her mother, she does all she can. Despite this support, Annie regularly experiences sadness and uncertainty that is difficult for her family to understand. For her, it’s something that’s hard to describe but often present, particularly in the morning.
Arthur and Craig
Arthur and Craig have experienced so much in life, lots of love and unfortunately lots of loss. Their experiences have helped them grow more resilient and optimistic, which keeps them afloat. Arthur is a born caregiver and a true advocate for his partner; his devotion to Craig’s health is both a labor of love and a thank you for Craig's own compassion and sacrifice. They trust each other implicitly. Craig, despite recently suffering a stroke, sees recovery on the horizon and looks forward to seeing his children and grandchildren more often.
Eve and Maya
Eve, 65, lives with her daughter and granddaughter in a 5th floor apartment in the Bronx. She spent her life caring for others, but now has a host of health problem including asthma and COPD that repeatedly send her to the ER or leave her stranded in her Apartment when the elevator breaks. One of her daughters, Maya loves her mother and is her strongest advocate. On behalf of her mother she takes on a healthcare system that has repeatedly shown indifference and negligence toward them. But they have their own issues, as Maya experiences frustration when Eve does not communicate how she is really feeling to the family. Eve understands the frustration, but as someone who’s been sick most of her life, she is simply sick and tired of talking about being sick and tired.
Angela and Melanie
Angela and Melanie are two incredibly strong women. As sisters, both struggling with Lupus, they rely on each other for physical, medical, and emotional support. Angela has struggled with Lupus for over 30 years and over 20 years ago, she lost her only child to the disease. To this day, she faces an unpredictable battle against Lupus that leaves her physically limited and emotionally weary. Now, she builds a happy life through family, by taking care of physical appearance, and by finding time to indulge in fashion, which she loves.
Sarah and Rene
Sarah is 98, and has lived longer than many of us ever will. She clings to her faith and her dear friend Rene as her only pillars of support in this late stage in life. She lives amongst the hustle and bustle of Tribeca in Manhattan, longing to go out simply to sit in the courtyard or visit a shop. But her age leaves her mostly confined to her apartment as professional caregivers buzz around the home, taking care of her. At 72, Rene takes pride in the way she helps Sarah even though there is no one there to take care of her.
Martha and Lisa
Martha and Lisa have a lively, fast talking, humorous mother and daughter relationship. Lisa, a stay at home mom, not only dedicates her time to taking care of her mother, but also manages the health of an elderly neighbor while still wanting to do more for her community. Martha prides herself on keeping up with her diabetes, memorizing her blood sugar levels from the previous day, and preserving pieces of her independence even as her health declines.
Leanne and Bethanny
Leanne loves her children, and even though she is in the midst of a particularly rough year with her health, she still worries constantly about them. At 85, she has seen a rapid and particularly frightening decline in 2016. Rare dual infections in her eyes almost left her blind while her COPD worsened significantly. Her usually lively and social lifestyle is now largely limited to her home; she just wants to go dancing again. Her loving and attentive daughter Bethanny celebrates her resilience, even as Leanne openly admits that she has in fact been depressed.