About one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older by the year 2030. NPR's Ina Jaffe covers this population â€” and says it's often difficult to find the right words to describe it.
"I realized what a minefield this was after I'd been on the beat just a few months," she says. "I did a profile of this 71-year-old midwife. She's still up all night delivering babies, and the headline on our website â€” and reporters ... do not write the headlines ... described her as 'elderly.'
A lack of patients is bringing changes to the Henry County Medical Centerâ€™s hospital-run nursing home, the Henry County Healthcare Center.Â The facility has capacity for 150 residents, but around 30 beds are consistently empty and itâ€™s spent the past few weeks in restructuring mode.Â Hospital officials have shut down one hall and cut two full-time jobs.Â They also expect to limit the number of new hires in the coming years.Â