Aging & InAccessible

Arizona is known as a paradise for retirees. What is it really like to grow old in the Grand Canyon State? In this podcast series, reporter Kathy Ritchie explores the ups and downs of growing old by taking a fresh look at important issues affecting the state's aging population.

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Aging: Sex and Dementia

Erin and Walter Doyle

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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. 

 

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Aging: Reinventing Retirement

Fran Cohen

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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.

 

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Aging: Older Women in Poverty

Susan Goeser

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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.

 

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Aging: Growing Old LGBT

Bill and Dean

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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.

 

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Aging: Grandfamilies

Cece Vance Wilson and Titus

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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.

 

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InAccessible: Getting Around in The Valley of the Sun

Marcos Castillo

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In a metro-area like Phoenix, how easy is it for people with disabilities to get around? And what happens when you don’t have the money to pay for accessible options? In the first episode of (In)Accessible, Andrea Pasquale and Jaye McAuliffe introduce us to Marcos Castillo, a wheelchair user who navigates roadblocks within the Valley’s public transit system while trying to get an accessible van to call his own. Marcos talks about some of the transportation options in Phoenix that able-bodied people take for granted.

 

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InAccessible: Universal Design

Darrel Christenson

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People with disabilities can face a double-edged sword when it comes to finding housing. Not only is housing in Phoenix becoming increasingly expensive, but it can also be hard to find a home that’s accessible. In this episode, Host Andrea Pasquale explores the concept of Universal Design, the idea that buildings should be built with accessibility features up front instead of as an afterthought. And John Beaubien describes the modifications he needed to make to his home in order to make it livable.

 

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InAccessible: Building Solidarity Using Support Groups

Candice Bennett

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Without access to independent housing or reliable transportation, some people with disabilities experience intense isolation. In this episode, host Andrea Pasquale and producer Jaye McAuliffe explore the ways people with disabilities build community and solidarity among each other. And Candice Bennett and Jim Warner talk about supporting one another while living in a nursing home.

 

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InAccessible: Looking for Help in a Public Health Crisis

Ann Monahan

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The COVID19 pandemic is uniquely affecting the lives of people with disabilities, and many people who have underlying health conditions are more susceptible to the virus. In this episode, host Andrea Pasquale and producer Jaye McAuliffe search for resources that can help people with disabilities during a public health crisis. And Jon Meyers of the Arc of Arizona proposes ideas for how to be more prepared for a crisis like this in the future.

 

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InAccessible: It's All About the Money (and Healthcare)

Marcos Castillo and Nina Lopez

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As the COVID19 pandemic continues, millions of Americans have found themselves without work, and people with disabilities have been hit especially hard. In this episode, Zoie Simon searches for a new job in the midst of worldwide economic uncertainty. Meanwhile, host Andrea Pasquale explores some of the options and protections for unemployed people with disabilities. How secure is Arizona's disability safety net?

 

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