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An aging generation of baby boomers, longer average life expectancy and a lack of available resources are contributing to what's being called an impending "senior-care crisis."


Silver Solutions 2019 Senior Resource Fair

Jul 5, 2019

Texas Public Radio is proud to partner with Jewish Family Service of San Antonio for this year's Silver Solutions, a free community event spotlighting programs and services provided by institutions that support San Antonio seniors and their caregivers. This year's event will be at the Barshop Jewish Community Center, 12500 NW Military Drive, on Thursday, September 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

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Two hundred and thirty five graduation certificates were served up with mashed potatoes and green beans at a local cafeteria Tuesday. It was the largest class of over-60s to graduate from the Senior Planet program in San Antonio. Courses teach computer basics, social media and connecting online. Classes try to tackle social isolation among seniors with internet skills.

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The West Side of San Antonio is predominantly poor and Hispanic, and has a reputation for being crime-ridden. But many of its residents wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Many of the West Side’s oldest residents have stories to tell, but historians normally don’t come knocking on their doors. Their stories are now compiled in “Still Here: Homenaje al Westside de San Antonio.


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There’s no denying it: Texas is facing a shortage of physicians just as the state’s population ages, and an influx of retirees relocate to Texas.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers and the medical community are trying to figure out a solution to the growing problem.


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A state law that took effect this month sets new standards to protect older adults from financial abuse.

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.

But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.

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This week, city leaders got together with residents in District 2, to celebrate the expansion of a senior center on the east side of town. The center, located on W.W. White Road near Rigsby, has been open for a few years. But it had outgrown its location very quickly, and has now also taken over the office next door.