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.
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.
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.
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.
May 20, 2014 - 12:30pm
About one in six UW medical school graduates goes into primary care. Photo: Connor Tarter (CC-BY-SA).
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health recently received high marks from a national medical academy for graduating so many primary care physicians.
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.
May 19, 2014 - 4:45pm
About 81,000 people were added to BadgerCare rolls, while about 62,000 people were taken off, following changes to the program made by Gov. Scott Walker. Photo: David K. (CC-BY-SA).
Medicaid figures released on Monday show that BadgerCare is available to about 81,000 more people below the poverty line, while 62,000 people have become ineligible, following changes to the program made by Gov. Scott Walker.
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.
May 15, 2014 - 5:30pm
Former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver signs a poster of himself while Interim President of the Urban League of Greater Madison Noble Wray looks on.
The head of the Urban League of Greater Madison joined with former Green Bay Packers star Donald Driver on Thursday to talk about boosting use of seat belts, especially among African-Americans.
May 13, 2014 - 3:00pm
E-cigarettes are growing in popularity nationwide. Photo: Joseph Morris (CC-BY-ND).
Stevens Point's city council is racing to develop regulations for smokeless e-cigarettes, as the new form of nicotine consumption grows in popularity and a “vaping bar” looks into establishing itself in the city.