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Caregiving expert and author Jana Panarites engages with unsung heroes — people caring for family members, friends and relatives amid the demands of their own lives — plus professionals in the field of aging and people using media to creatively address major health issues, foster dialogue and challenge widespread assumptions about aging. Laugh, cry, share and know you're not alone.

Caregiving expert and author Jana Panarites engages with unsung heroes — people caring for family members, friends and relatives amid the demands of their own lives — plus professionals in the field of aging and people using media to creatively address major health issues, foster dialogue and challenge widespread assumptions about aging. Laugh, cry, share and know you're not alone.
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Caregiving expert and author Jana Panarites engages with unsung heroes — people caring for family members, friends and relatives amid the demands of their own lives — plus professionals in the field of aging and people using media to creatively address major health issues, foster dialogue and challenge widespread assumptions about aging. Laugh, cry, share and know you're not alone.

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English

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800-590-2129


Episodes

The Best Seven Years of My Life

4/18/2019
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George Shannon was a distant husband who took his wife for granted. But when he become a caregiver for her, he fell in love with her all over again. Jana talks with George and his son Chad, co-authors of "The Best Seven Years of My Life: The Story of An Unlikely Caregiver" about George's caregiving journey of redemption.

Duration:00:39:38

Medication Overload: America's Other Drug Problem

4/11/2019
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Co-authors of a new report from the Lown Institute talk about a problem that's bigger than the opioid crisis: the staggering number of older adults who are taking five or more medications.

Duration:00:40:41

Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald: CEO of South Florida’s Area Agency on Aging

4/4/2019
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As head of South Florida’s Area Agency on Aging Center Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald leads a team that serves seniors, adults with disabilities and the people who care for them in Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee Counties.

Duration:00:30:11

Brian LeBlanc: Living Well with Alzheimer's

3/28/2019
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In the United States, the most feared diagnosis is not cancer or stroke or even heart disease. It's Alzheimer's disease. Brian LeBlanc aims to change that. He's a truth-telling advocate whose motto is "I have Alzheimer's disease-- but it doesn't have me."

Duration:00:46:59

Ronni Bennett: Time Goes By

3/21/2019
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Ronni Bennett is a former network television producer in her 70s who knows a thing or two about getting older. She talks about her acclaimed blog "Time Goes By" and about being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after a lifetime of good health.

Duration:00:39:19

Kalisha Bonds: African Americans and Dementia

3/14/2019
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Much of the research on dementia in the United States has overlooked African Americans, but the prevalence of dementia in this population is more widespread than you might think. PhD candidate Kalisha Bonds is doing a deep dive into the subject as a student at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU).

Duration:00:36:02

When Caregiving Is Rejected: A Mother and Her Son's MS

3/7/2019
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What happens when an individual refuses to be cared for by a family member and that individual has a chronic condition? That’s the dilemma facing today’s guest, a Wisconsin mother who asked that we not use her last name.

Duration:00:37:32

Kristi Horner: Supporting Mental Health Caregivers

2/28/2019
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In the U.S., as many as 8.4 million people act as caregivers to adults with emotional or mental health conditions. Kristi Horner's brother suffered from mental illness; after he committed suicide Kristi founded Courage to Caregivers, a non-profit focused exclusively on helping caregivers for a loved one with mental illness. She tells us how the non-profit is helping to break the stigma of mental illness.

Duration:00:44:56

Tamesha Keel: This Is What Normal Looks Like

2/21/2019
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Attorney and empowerment guru Tamesha Keel talks about powering through work as she coordinated her mother’s multiple care needs and letting go of her “perfect daughter” mindset. Plus: tough-love fights with her mom, their complicated but magical trip to New Orleans sponsored by the Dream Foundation and the demographics of care.

Duration:00:57:57

Katherine Summers: From the Heart

2/14/2019
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Happy Valentine's Day! Katherine Summers is a professional caregiver with heart. She provides tips for finding reliable in-home care, talks about coming to terms with clients who die and tells us how she counsels family members who are confused about what’s going on with their elderly loved ones. Whether you’re thinking about hiring a home health aide or are just curious to know how a high-quality caregiver manages her job, this interview with a seasoned pro is for you.

Duration:00:37:45

Alzheimer’s Advocate Lori La Bey

2/7/2019
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Alzheimer’s Speaks founder Lori La Bey is driven to help people with dementia and their care partners live positive and purpose-filled lives. Her work has been recognized by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz and Sharecare and Alzheimer’s advocate Maria Shriver, who named Lori an “Architect of Change for Humanity.” For Lori, it’s all about shifting from crisis to comfort and choosing to consciously care in every moment we’re given.

Duration:00:48:41

John Leland: Happiness Is A Choice You Make

1/31/2019
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Award-winning journalist John Leland shares some of the lessons he learned from his "85 and Up" series for The New York Times and six elders profiled in his best-selling book, “Happiness Is A Choice You Make: Life Lessons From the Oldest Old.”

Duration:00:59:14

The Candia Shuffle

1/24/2019
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Candia, New Hampshire residents Kathy and Ray MacDonald vowed when they got married that neither mother-in-law would ever live with them. Then Kathy’s mother Simone developed Alzheimer’s disease. Tune in and get inspired.

Duration:00:40:34

Kate Schutt: Nothing I Won't Bear

1/17/2019
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Singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer Kate Schutt talks about returning to live in her childhood home to care for her mother and their intense journey from her mom's stage 3c ovarian cancer diagnosis to death, and writing about life and loss for her forthcoming album, “Bright Nowhere,” which Kate is working on with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey.

Duration:00:33:09

Journalist Paula Span on The New Old Age

1/10/2019
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Veteran journalist Paula Span talks about the issues explored in her twice-monthly column for The New York Times, “The New Old Age”—the only dedicated real estate at the Times that talks about aging issues and caregiving. She also weighs in on ageism, the realities of aging in place, reader reactions to some of her more popular pieces and how the landscape of care has changed.

Duration:00:33:01

Dr. Nicole Rochester: Your GPS Doc

12/20/2018
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Dr. Nicole Rochester has known she wanted to be a pediatrician since she was about eight years old. In today’s show she shares her insider’s view of the way hospitals work: how the doctor-patient relationship has changed over the years, how the fast-paced nature of hospitals affects care and why family meetings are a critical component of care.

Duration:00:29:38

Steve Burrows and Ilan Arboleda on "Bleed Out"

12/13/2018
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Comedian and filmmaker Steve Burrow talks about the routine hip surgery that left his mother in a coma, how his personal video diary of her recovery mushroomed into a ten-year, multi-layered investigation into the state of American health care and resulted in his HBO documentary film, “Bleed Out.”

Duration:00:36:43

Lois Perelson-Gross: Reimagining End of Life

12/6/2018
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Talking about death can be difficult. But Lois Perelson-Gross believes people are eager to find a way in and begin to feel comfortable talking about the inevitable, so she helped launch Reimagine End of Life, a not-for-profit whose mission is to publicly explore death and celebrate life through creativity and conversation. On the show, Lois tells us about Reimagine and how she went from being a Vice President at Goldman Sachs to launching her second career as a palliative care chaplain...

Duration:00:48:21

It's A Minefield: Vivian Stamatopoulos on Youth Caregivers

11/29/2018
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Toronto-based researcher Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos was 26 years old and laid off from a job when it fell to her to care for her grandfather. The experience led to focusing her PhD on how the lives and identities of Canada’s 1.25 Million youth caregivers are impacted by having to care for a family member at a young age. Vivian tells us about her work and she provides advice to youth caregivers on how to cope and where to turn for help.

Duration:00:45:30

Aging Together With Grace

11/22/2018
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Peter Fox has been called a sugar baby, a gold digger and a kept man more times than he’d care to remember. But his relationship with his partner Gary—who is decades older than Peter—is as real as it gets and the two are a couple in every way. In today’s show Peter and Gary tell us how they met, how their relationship endures despite their age difference and about their end-of-life wishes.

Duration:00:35:16