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Sheridan MacKnight holds a photograph of her grandfather John B. McGillis. In the photograph, McGillis wears a hand-made beaded buckskin suit and a U.S. army cap from his service in WWI. Nīa MacKnight hide caption

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Nīa MacKnight

This year my grandfather turned 90 and my family planned to celebrate with a big birthday bash. But then the coronavirus pandemic came. Plans were canceled, and a general anxiety about the health of the older generation exploded all over the world. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Teresa Baker sits with her grandchildren, James Rose, 4, and Adeline Steele, 18 months, whom she cares for. She says she doesn't vote. "I don't have time for that," she said. Andrea Bruce for NPR hide caption

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Dasani Watkins video chats with her friend from her bedroom in Barry Farm on October 15. 2016. Watkins moved to Barry Farm with her family in 2013. "I thought this was the worst place in the world, and I could not believe my mom would bring us to this hood," she said. "But I was excited to have my own room." Joy Sharon Yi hide caption

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Joy Sharon Yi