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No training for in-home caregivers

Aug 26, 2015
Heidi de Marco/KHN

Born just a year apart, Oliver Massengale and his brother Charles grew up together. Now, in a two-story home in Compton, California, they are growing old together. But Charles Massengale, 71, can do little on his own.

The former tree trimmer has severe brain damage from a 30-foot fall, as well as dementia, diabetes and high blood pressure. Six years ago, Oliver took over as his brother’s full-time caregiver, paid about $10 an hour by the state.

It was not a job he was trained to do.

Your Call: How should we take care of our elders?

Feb 19, 2015


 On the February 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo about her new book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Every day, 10,000 people turn 65. By the year 2050, 27 million Americans will need some form of long-term care or assistance. How are we preparing for the Elder Boom in the US?  Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

An inmate learns about self through caring for others

May 5, 2014
Nigel Poor

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Sandy Rasheed Lockheart is 35 years old. In 2002, he robbed four men at gunpoint outside of a Walmart store in Lancaster, CA. He was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 24 years in state prison.

Prison time hasn’t been easy. He has gotten in trouble for refusing a cellmate, contraband, cell fighting, refusing a direct order, and being involved in a prison riot. Despite that, in 2009, he was entrusted with an extraordinary responsibility.