We don’t like to talk about aging, sex, or illness…so it makes sense that mentioning aging and sex and dementia in one conversation is something we’d especially like to avoid. But there are a lot of people who can’t help but confront these difficult realities. What happens when the partner you've loved for years is coping with a life-altering diagnosis? Does physical intimacy have to end once you've reached a certain age or state of health? In this episode, Kathy Ritchie explores a rarely spoken about challenge many couples face.
Arizona has long been known as a paradise for retirees. But what is it really like to grow old in the Grand Canyon State? In this podcast, reporter Kathy Ritchie explores the ups and downs of growing old. Each episode takes a fresh look at important issues affecting the state's aging population.
Sex and Dementia
It’s easy to oversimplify the idea of growing old. The fact is, the experience will be different for each of us. Some people keep working well past retirement age because they're so passionate about what they do, others use retirement to explore new passions, and others make retirement plans that change or don't work out. In this episode, Kathy Ritchie introduces us to five Arizonans whose retirements are anything but ordinary.
Older Women in Poverty
We like to think when we get older we'll be able to comfortably retire, and not have to worry about the costs of housing, healthcare, or other necessities. But 16 percent of American women age 65-and-over live at or below the poverty line. And the numbers keep growing. In this episode, Kathy Ritchie speaks with older Phoenix women experiencing poverty and Arizona organizations responding to the issue.
Growing Old LGBT
As we age, we may have to rely more on other people. But for many older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the idea of relying on family for support, or of putting your trust in strangers can be complicated or painful. In this episode, Kathy Ritchie explores the financial challenges, discrimination, and emotional traumas that many older LGBT people face.
Raising children is hard. Raising a child in your retirement years might be even harder. But that's the reality for more than 70,000 Arizona grandparents. Issues of addiction, incarceration, and mental illness are leaving many Americans unable to care for their kids, so more and more grandparents nationwide are stepping into the role of second-time parent. These "grandfamilies" face emotional, financial, and legal hurdles. But many grandparent caregivers also discover rewarding relationships and say they wouldn't have it any other way.