Diary of a Retirement Home


About the Audio Documentary

We spend our entire lives setting up a sense of community. Jobs, families, homes, neighborhoods. But what happens in the twilight of our years? When old age forces us to make a change? When we pull up a lifetime of roots and settle into a new—and final —place?

Presbyterian Homes is a retirement community in Evanston. It was one of the first in the country to offer what is now called ‘continuing care’. Residents can live in independent town houses on the campus and over the years graduate to assisted care apartments, or the nursing facility. Nearly 550 people call Presbyterian Homes—home…ranging in age from 65 to 106. This is their story—in their own words. To listen, visit:http://www.radiodiaries.org/stories/retirement.html

About the Producer

Joe Richman is an award-winning independent producer and reporter for public radio, and the founder of Radio Diaries. Before becoming an independent producer, Joe worked on the National Public Radio programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday, Car Talk and Heat . Joe is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. To hear more of his work, visit: http://www.radiodiaries.org/

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