The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 3/13/12
The New Age of Old Age

The New Age of Old Age
We’re looking at increasing poverty and homelessness among the elderly. Within the next 10 years, the population of the elderly homeless is expected to go up by more than 30 percent. The reason behind this? The nation is getting older, we’re living older longer, and the elderly are facing poverty at rates that we haven’t seen in decades.

In Massachusetts, our elders' income covers 60 percent of all living expenses. And a setback such as the death of a spouse or unexpected medical expenses could force an elder onto the street. With projections that poverty and homelessness among the elderly will only go up, does the state have theresources it needs to handle this? With talk of cutting entitement programs like Medicare and Social Security, what could the fate of the elderly be?

We want to hear from you. Do you have an older relative or friend who is really struggling to make ends meet? Will you have enough money in your old age? Is it time to move to a place where living expenses are lower? Tweet us, or weigh in on our Facebook page

GUESTS
  Ellen Bruce, director of the Gerontology Institute at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston
  Dr. Laura Goldman, director of geriatrics in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center; associate professor of family medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. (Boston Medical Center is the only hospital in the country finding permanent housing for homeless elders through their Elders Living at Home Program.)
  Mark Hinderlie, chief executive of Hearth, Inc., a Boston agency committed to ending elder homelessness.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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