The Silver Boom

Health Care
11:26 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Changing The Culture Of Nursing Homes

Maribel Almanzar (left) has just fixed Natalie Blais's hair.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Maybe you didn’t know it, but by state law no new nursing homes can be built in Rhode Island unless the owners agree to build a new kind of nursing home. This week state officials approved the application of the first new home since the moratorium began. It’s based on a concept called “culture change.” And Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay takes us to a home that’s already adopted it.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Strap Nursing Homes

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has proposed $43 million in cuts to the state's Medicaid program. That's the program that provides health insurance for the poor and disabled. And it's recently been expanded under Obamacare.

And while Chafee's budget wouldn't cut services for Medicaid recipients, it would have an impact on how much health care providers are paid to care for Medicaid patients. To learn more, Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Kristin Gourlay sat down with Virginia Burke, head of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, whose members are mainly nursing homes.

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Local Features
9:18 am
Mon March 18, 2013

The Silver Boom: Documentary

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,

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The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:32 am
Sun March 17, 2013

The Silver Boom: Growing Up Gay in RI

Ken Fish reading the names of people who died of AIDS for the Names Project in Washington.
Credit Ken Fish

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.”

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bradley Campbell talked with Warwick’s, Ken Fish. He’s spent most of his life in Rhode Island, and is a leader for gay rights. They started their conversation examining how has life changed for the gay community over the decades.

Listen to the Series:

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Local Features
8:01 am
Sat March 16, 2013

The Silver Boom: Growing Old Gay in 2013

SAGE RI's Sally Hay
Credit 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.

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


 

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Silver Boom: Theresa Landry Dances at 91

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.

The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:49 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Silver Boom: Will Entitlements be There for Future Retirees?

What's being done on Capitol Hill to preserve Social Security and Medicare?
Credit US Capitol

A Brown University PhD student in epidemiology, Beth Lacy, is 28 years old. That means she’s a long way from retirement and plans to be working for decades to come. But the debate over the future of Medicare and Social Security is on Lacy’s mind even when she makes one of her regular coffee stops at the Cable Car Café in Providence.

“Is is something I think about,” she says. “It’s not something that necessarily keeps me up at night. But just because of the world I’m in with work – public health – I definitely think a lot more about Medicare than Social Security.”

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Are You an Older Learner?

School lockers
Credit RIPR

If you're over 60, have you decided to go back to school? Why?

Please join the discussion in our comments section!

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Aging Behind Bars in RI

Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston RI
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

In less than 20 years a quarter of the state's population will be older than 60. In a series we call "The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island," we're looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population .. and how it can benefit from it.  In this installment, we travel to Cranston to look  at the state’s aging prison population.

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