Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:00am
The state of Wisconsin needs to do a better job planning for the future of caregiving for the elderly. That’s according to the director of La Crosse County’s Aging Unit. “I’m embarrassed to say, I don’t think we’ve (Wisconsin) done a good job planning and I would say that goes for the whole state...
Monday, May 26, 2014, 8:00am
Elizabeth Roberts, next to her Geo Prizm. | Photo: Shamane Mills/WPR News.
About 18 percent of Wisconsin's 4 million drivers are over the age of 65. While t he crash rate of older motorists is lower than other drivers, driver deaths rise with age -- leaving state transportation officials concerned for the safety of elderly drivers.
Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:00am
From left to right: Jim, Allen, Natalie, and Jennifer Jaqua in a 2009 photo, taken shortly before Jim was diagnosed with a form of dementia. Image courtesy of Jaqua family.
In Wisconsin, it's estimated that about 120,000 people have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. Those numbers could triple by 2050 because of the aging Baby Boomer population, experts say.
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:00pm
As part of Wisconsin Public Radio's series on aging in Wisconsin , news reporter Richard Kremer recently explored how race and culture affect how people use nursing homes . Here are four charts that help visualize how race and elder care intersect in Wisconsin: 1. Number of Nursing Home...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 10:15pm
Lois Scorgie poses with her husband Bob on their 40th wedding anniversary. Photo: Rich Kremer/WPR News.
According to census data and information from the staet Department of Health Services, different segments of Wisconsin's population are using nursing homes at very different rates.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 8:30pm
Julie, left, shopping with Brenda, her in-home caretaker, in Green Bay. Photo courtesy of N.E.W. Curative.
The move to keep older people in their own homes as long as possible has meant more demand for home health care workers -- a job that is not only tough, but that can be low-paying as well.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 8:00am
The number of Wisconsin prison inmates over the age of 65 is on the rise, and it's becoming an increasing challenge to provide them with adequate health care.
Monday, May 19, 2014, 8:00am
Melvin Beckwell, a resident of the St. Francis in the Park nursing home in Superior. Photo: Jennifer Simonson/WPR
A secretive practice called “dumping” that illegally evicts elderly residents from nursing homes might be happening more often than previously thought.