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In the next 25 years, California's senior population will double, touching everything from housing to healthcare and transportation. KPBS and the California Dream collaboration are hosting a live panel discussion on navigating the golden years in California on May 22.

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California's Aging Population Is Growing, Quickly. Are We Ready?

May 21
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

By the year 2030, California's senior population is expected to grow from 6 to 9 million residents. That will have a significant impact on everything from health care to transportation and housing. Join KPBS Midday Edition this Wednesday at noon for a live broadcast and panel discussion with local experts on navigating the golden years in California.

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Loneliness And High Rent Prompt California Seniors To Look For Roommates

May 13
By Amita Sharma

A growing number of California seniors are moving in together to deal with the state’s affordability crisis and the solitude that comes with the death of a spouse.

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A California Farmer Goes In Search Of A Successor

May 8
Julia Mitric/Capital Public Radio

The average age of a California farmer is 59. Who will grow our food when today’s farmers retire?

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Retired California Chef Builds Community Through His Volunteer Cooking

May 7
Farida Jhabvala Romero / KQED

Volunteering often provides older adults with a sense of purpose and connection to others that is linked to physical and emotional health benefits, especially after they’ve left the workforce, according to a review of research by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency.

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California Seniors Make Their Way Back To College

May 3
Vanessa Rancaño/KQED

Seniors are hitting the books later in life to change careers, to pursue unexplored passions, and to get degrees they never finished or had the chance to start.

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A California Couple Plans A New Home, In The Backyard

May 2
Matt Levin / CALmatters

You’ve heard of NIMBYs and YIMBYs. Now meet the PIMBYs, the "Parents in my Backyard."

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Aging California Seniors Will Need Caregivers, And Family Is First Up

April 29
Elizabeth Aguilera/CALmatters

The coming wave of senior citizens is going to tax an already stretched caregiver network made up mostly of family members.

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Life After Driving: How California Seniors Are Rethinking Getting Around

April 29
Meghan McCarty Carino/KPCC

The car-centric California dream has defined freedom and opportunity in the Golden State for decades. But it poses challenges for a generation that expects to remain active and independent in retirement.

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Living The Dream, With The Help Of A Home And A Pension

April 26
By Amita Sharma

For middle-class seniors who bought their homes decades ago, the California dream remains well within reach.

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A Senior On The Streets, With Little Chance Of A Home

April 25
By Amita Sharma

In parts of California, seniors are the fastest growing part of the homeless population.

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An Actor Finds A Second Career As A Professor

April 24
David Wagner/KPCC

California seniors are increasingly working well into their golden years, with nearly 20% of them age 65 and older now in the workforce.

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When Finding Work Is A Necessity, And Nearly Impossible

April 23
David Wagner/KPCC

More Californians are working past the age of 65, many because they can't afford to retire. But the seniors who most need a job often have the hardest time finding one.

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Gavin Newsom Filled His First 100 Days As California Governor With Splashy Announcements. Not All Are As Bold As They Appeared.

April 17
By Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

During his first 100 days as California’s 40th governor, Gavin Newsom has grabbed a lot of headlines. In some cases, the substance of Newsom’s announcements has yet to match the sizzle.

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More Retirees Find Themselves Taking Care Of Mom And Dad

March 4
By Amita Sharma

People are living longer compared to decades ago, and that has spawned a trend: Senior citizens taking care of their very elderly parents.

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Frustrated With The Slow Response Of Government, Californians Are Serving Their Homeless Neighbors Themselves

Feb. 12
Matt Tinoco/KPCC

Around the state, concerned neighbors are becoming homeless rights advocates and service providers.

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