Five California journos were among the 16 selected for this years MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, which supports journalism focused on aging and elderly issues. La OpiƱon‘s Araceli Martinez Ortega will develop a series on Latino Social Security recipients, especially those with incarcerated children. RedwoodAge.com’s Pamela MacLean will work on a series about mental health issues in aging Boomers, and the Gen Xers that will need to take care of them. Caring.com senior editor Paula Spencer Scott will create a 5-part series on “caregiver syndrome.” Nadia Maiwandi will explore the plight of elderly women from South Asia. And finally Vanessa White will author a series called “Ethnic Minority Depression: Vietnamese American Community Focus.”

Also among this year’s fellows is former Village Voice investigative reporter James Ridgeway.

Full list of fellows after the jump:

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