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51% Show #1288


Finding a home...and staying there. This week on 51%, aging in place, plus getting young people back to nature.

According to an AARP study, more than 90 percent of seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they grow older. But that presents challenges – with the number one issue for many city residents being the high cost of staying put.  The Housing is a Human Right Storytelling Project is an attempt to collect the voices of people struggling to stay home – whether they're young or old. But this particular group of interviews features seniors living in New York City. 

That story comes to us from producers Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo. 

Coming up, getting around when you're no longer able to drive... and helping students rediscover nature.  

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Take a quick look around while on any mass transit system, and you’ll notice that a lot of the passengers are seniors. Where mass transit is available, it bridges the gap left when they're no longer able to drive. But not all seniors are that comfortable navigating the system. So in California, at ages 70, 80, and 90, Molly Samuel reports some seniors are going back to school.

Think back to when you were a kid, and how much time you spent playing outside. Now, think about the children you know - how much time you see them exploring the neighborhood?

Times have changed and time outside for today's kids is way down. But there are programs that are working to fight what’s been called “nature deficit disorder.” Michigan's State of Opportunity Project’s Sarah Hulett looks at one of them.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.

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