Hurd MD et al. / New England Journal of Medicine

News from the New England Journal of Medicine today finds that the cost of caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer's) will more than double in the next couple of decades. That's because the nation's population is aging, and because the care can be expensive. Most of the estimated $215 billion dollars these diseases cost the economy can be chalked up to long term care.

This is a special documentary version of RIPR's 'The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island" coverage hosted Dave Fallon. 

Topics include:

-Remembering the Gorham manufacturing plant,

- Being gay as a senior citizen,

- A 91 year old still teaches tap dancing,

- Older learners in higher education,

- The safety net for seniors,

- Issues with being older and in the prison system,

- Multi-generational family living,

- The cost of longterm care,

- Mental health care,

- Substance abuse among the elderly,

Sally Hay / SAGE RI

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. Rhode Island Public Radio is looking at this growing demographic in a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.” Weekend Edition Host Bradley Campbell sat down with the Program Coordinator at Sage Rhode Island, Sally Hay, to talk about issues facing the aging gay and lesbian community.


Explore more stories in our series, The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.


The Silver Boom: Theresa Landry Dances at 91

Mar 15, 2013

Theresa Landry is the owner of the Theresa Landry School of Dancing in Pawtucket. Here she is doing a castanet dance:

Two days a week in her second floor studio she teaches tap dancing. Here she is teaching a few steps to a preschooler.