In This Life

As we age, how do we find fulfillment in work, exercise, relationships, where we live, and how we die?

Maine Public Radio's series "In This Life" connects you to Maine's aging population. Tune in to hear the stories of people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

You never know if or when love might strike. As Americans’ life expectancy grows, there’s more time — and potentially more opportunities — to find a romantic partner.

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When faced with a terminal illness, some people might choose to fight it. But increasingly, doctors and patients are taking a different tack: Instead of creating a battle plan that focuses on the illness, they create an approach that emphasizes patient goals.

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This story originally aired Thursday, March 2.

As we age, some of us may reach a point where we can no longer live independently. Assisted living is often the next step. While the typical assisted living model houses dozens of residents, there’s a growing trend to offer smaller, home-based alternatives.

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According to AARP, the advocacy organization for older Americans, most seniors want to stay in their homes as they age. But they often need help to maintain their home and stay connected to their community.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

More and more, people are working later in life. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that Americans age 65 and over have shown the most growth in employment in recent years - a trend that’s expected to continue.

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Most Americans don’t get enough exercise, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. And those over the age of 65 are the least likely to get with the program.

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For many Americans, the pay-off to a life of hard work is retirement, which historically has started at around age 65.  But as our population lives longer, those retirement years can now span decades.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

The oldest among us are getting older. According to the 2010 Census, nearly 2 million people were age 90 or above, and that number is expected to quadruple by 2050. It’s among the fastest growing segments of the population.