Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

Older Californians’ Outlook for Long Term Care

The way the medical system talks about aging often gets it all wrong. That’s what Bruce Chernof, a geriatric physician and head of The Scan Foundation in Los Angeles, wants you to know. “People define themselves by the function they retain, not the function they’ve lost,” he says. That means there’s a huge disjoint between … Continue reading Older Californians’ Outlook for Long Term Care →

‘Village’ Movement for Aging Seniors Faces Some Challenges

“It takes a village” is a common refrain. Now “Villages” — yes, with a capital V — are sweeping the U.S., looking to redefine how people age in their communities. The Village movement brings together older adults who want to age in their homes independently, but believe it will be too hard to do so, … Continue reading ‘Village’ Movement for Aging Seniors Faces Some Challenges →

Low-income California Children Among Least Likely to Get Dental Care

Young people who don’t get the routine dental care they need find themselves at a disadvantage, studies have shown: not just in overall health but also in school performance. Now a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that California is among the 10 states where low-income children are least likely to receive dental care. … Continue reading Low-income California Children Among Least Likely to Get Dental Care →