May 10, 2011
Listen here. Aired on NPR's Morning Edition.
I'd never thought about this until I started researching this piece: the older we get, the less fun it is to go shopping. Our joints may ache, and we have less energy to negotiate a supermarket or other big-box store. Older people are hardly a new phenomenon, but the sheer number of aging baby boomers finally has retailers thinking about how best to serve an older population. A highlight of this piece was touring a couple of stores with interior designer and gerontologist Rosemary Bakker - she helped me see the shopping experience through completely different eyes. A version of this story also aired on VOA News.