I know I can't live forever but I'd like to live a bit longer.

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Portrait of Aunt Annie, a Gypsy elder

Aunt Annie's background

Gypsy elders are highly respected and well supported within families, although it is often unmarried daughters who take on the main caring role. Elders still play an important part in the family and they are never left alone too much, as family members, grandchildren and friends continually come to visit and offer a helping hand. Aunt Linda explains: "If a Traveller would not help an old person then they are not a real Traveller!"

Uncle Sam still has his two daughters at home: "Everything is done for me because now I am disabled. Being a Gypsy man for me is about freedom; it is going where we want to go and to have a choice to do what we want."

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Read more about what really matters to Aunt Annie and other Gypsy elders as they grow older.

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