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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.

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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.

School lockers
RIPR

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

Please join the discussion in our comments section!

Rhode Island's prison population is aging. Should we release old and frail prisoners? Should we keep them in special nursing homes for prisoners? Let us know what you think and why in the comments section below.

Data from: The Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The National Institutes of Health, and the Journal of Correctional Health Care

Would your family benefit from living with your parents and grandparents? Are you already living in a multi-generational household? If so, why?

Join the discussion in our comments section!

These are the average costs, over time, of some long-term care options in Rhode Island.

Note that the assisted living figure is monthly ($3528 in 2012), the nursing home rate is daily ($265 in 2012), and the home health aide figure is hourly ($24 in 2012).  That means that if you or a loved one needed 365 days of nursing home care, for example, the cost would be about $97,000 for the year. If you needed about 20 hours of help a week from a home health aide every day of the year, that would work out to about $25,000.

Brown University

Will we have enough geriatric specialists to take care of Rhode Island's aging population?

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 this week at how the state will take care of this expanding older population, and how the state benefits from these older residents.

US Dept. of Health and Human Services / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Felicia Lesnett / The Providence Center

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 this week at how the state will take care of this expanding older population, and how it can benefit from it. Here’s an in-depth look at the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction among seniors, beginning at a community recovery center in Pawtucket.

Sam Bynum wasn’t born an alcoholic. But, like many alcoholics will tell you, the signs were there early on.

Are you caring for aging parents, or an aging spouse? Have you had to find a long term care option? What was helpful? What do you wish you had known before you started?

Please share your experiences and join the discussion in our comments section below.

Division of Elderly Affairs

Catherine Taylor, Director of Rhode Island's Division of Elderly Affairs, joined us in our studio earlier to help us kick off our series, The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island. You'll find a link to listen to that interview below.

She also sent us these thoughts about how Rhode Island seniors can break out of isolation and find help.

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