For immediate release
August 3, 1998


Retirement Home Residents Share Joy, Pain of Growing Older

WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday, August 10, NPR's® All Things Considered® will premier The Last Place: Diary of a Retirement Home, a report in the American Diaries series from award-winning producer Joe Richman. American Diaries is a compilation of audio documentaries that offer the opportunity to hear – within the context of regular network news programming – personal accounts from all walks of life. These first-person portraits provide an insight into the lives of Americans at the end of the 20th century. (Please check with your local NPR station for broadcast time.)

In producing The Last Place: Diary of a Retirement Home, Richman gave residents of Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, Illinois tape recorders to keep an audio diary of their lives. The residents, in their own words, tell very personal, impromptu stories of daily life in a retirement community. Joe Peine, 86 years old, talks of giving up his four-door Cadillac Deville, and his independence. Eleanor Jackson shares her secret concoction to relieve arthritis pain – nine gin-soaked raisins daily.

These stories are brought to life by Joe Richman, an award-winning reporter and producer for NPR. He is the producer of the pioneering Teenage Diaries series, where young people from around the country were given tape recorders to document their lives for NPR's All Things Considered. Richman serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism.

National Public Radio, a membership organization of 600 public radio stations across America, is the producer and distributor of such noted programs as Morning Edition®, Talk of the Nation®, NPR's Performance Today®, Jazz Profiles® and Car Talk®. Morning Edition®, Talk of the Nation®, NPR's Performance Today®, and Jazz Profiles®.