Caregivers en Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 <p>2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.</p><p>Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:</p><blockquote><p>January 10 - <a href="">Undocumented Immigrants at University</a></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:24:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Joyce Russell, Rob Dillard, Amy Mayer, Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters, John Pemble & Dean Borg 34194 at Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 Altered Memories <p>Host Ben Kieffer explores memories this hour.&nbsp; First, he has a talk with ISU Assistant Professor Jason Chan about his research showing how our memories can be altered by incorrect information.&nbsp; In the second half, you can hear about how memories are affected by aging.&nbsp; Guests include representatives from long-term care facilities, and a woman who tells her personal story helping her husband deal with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:40:05 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury & Ben Stanton 22209 at Altered Memories Being a Caregiver in Iowa <p></p><p>All this week, IPR’s Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be a caregiver in Iowa.</p><p>We wrap up the series by having a discussion with a number of caregivers in our state about the challenges of care giving and their hopes for the future.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:49:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer 14754 at Being a Caregiver in Iowa Being in Iowa: Caregivers Home <p></p><p>We’ve spent the week with people who perform some of the toughest work there is – the professionals and families who care for the sick and dying. &nbsp;We conclude with a road trip to the south side of Des Moines. Correspondent Rob Dillard rides along with a home health nurse as she makes one of her 20 or so weekly patient visits. She delivers a style of health care reminiscent of bygone days when medical personnel often arrived at their patients’ doors to provide services. This kind of direct care is still in demand for those who are unable to venture far from home.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 14671 at Being in Iowa: Caregivers Home Being in Iowa: Caregivers Hospice <p></p><p>Iowa Public Radio has been bringing attention to the families and professionals who tend to the health needs of Iowans. It can be stressful and emotional work, perhaps never more so than when the person in need of care nears the end of life. Correspondent Rob Dillard takes us to a comfortable, peaceful place set on the edge of woods in Des Moines. It’s a hospice, a home where many people move to spend their final days.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 14600 at Being in Iowa: Caregivers Hospice Being in Iowa: Caregivers Autism <p></p><p></p><p>Today, we continue our week-long series “Being a Caregiver in Iowa.” Yesterday we looked at professional caregivers, who face low pay and lack of training. In most cases, however, the responsibilities of direct care-giving fall to families. When it comes to families with an autistic child, this work can last a lifetime. In Part Two of our series, Iowa Public Radio correspondent Rob Dillard takes us to West Des Moines, where we meet the parents of an autistic boy, and their teenage daughter, who keeps an eye on her kid brother.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 14482 at Being in Iowa: Caregivers Autism Being in Iowa: Caregivers Direct <p>Iowa Public Radio is returning this week to its “Being in Iowa” series. Over the next five days, correspondent Rob Dillard will be asking the question, what does it mean to be a caregiver in the state? We begin today by talking about those who provide direct care for a living. It’s an occupation dominated by women and it’s one of the fastest growing workforces in the state. It’s also a job that pays very little and that many end up leaving. Rob Dillard reports on why – and how the state may be changing that.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:14:37 +0000 Rob Dillard 14369 at Being in Iowa: Caregivers Direct