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Host Jana Panarites engages with unsung heroes — people caring for family members, friends and relatives amid the demands of their own lives — plus experts in the field of aging and people using film, theater and other media to creatively address major health issues, foster dialogue and challenge widespread assumptions about aging. #2 on Caring.com list of recommended “Best Podcasts for Family Caregivers.”

Check out a few episodes below!

  • The Best Seven Years of My Life
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Chad Patrick Shannon, George Shannon) on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

    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 […]

  • Medication Overload: America's Other Drug Problem
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Judith Garber, Shannon Brownlee) on April 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

    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. […]

  • Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald: CEO of South Florida’s Area Agency on Aging
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald, Jana Panarites) on April 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

    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. […]

  • Brian LeBlanc: Living Well with Alzheimer's
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Brian LeBlanc) on March 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    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." […]

  • Ronni Bennett: Time Goes By
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Ronni Bennett) on March 21, 2019 at 10:30 am

    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. […]

  • Kalisha Bonds: African Americans and Dementia
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Kalisha Bonds) on March 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    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 […]

  • When Caregiving Is Rejected: A Mother and Her Son's MS
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Jana Panarites) on March 7, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    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. […]

  • Kristi Horner: Supporting Mental Health Caregivers
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites) on February 28, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    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 […]

  • Tamesha Keel: This Is What Normal Looks Like
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites) on February 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    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 […]

  • Katherine Summers: From the Heart
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites) on February 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    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 […]

  • Alzheimer’s Advocate Lori La Bey
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites) on February 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    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 […]

  • John Leland: Happiness Is A Choice You Make
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites) on January 31, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    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.&rdquo […]

  • The Candia Shuffle
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on January 24, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    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. […]

  • Kate Schutt: Nothing I Won't Bear
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on January 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    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 […]

  • Journalist Paula Span on The New Old Age
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on January 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    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 […]

  • Dr. Nicole Rochester: Your GPS Doc
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on December 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    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 […]

  • Steve Burrows and Ilan Arboleda on "Bleed Out"
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on December 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    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 […]

  • Lois Perelson-Gross: Reimagining End of Life
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on December 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    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 […]

  • It's A Minefield: Vivian Stamatopoulos on Youth Caregivers
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on November 29, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    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 […]

  • Aging Together With Grace
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on November 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    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 […]

  • Dana Walrath: Through the Looking Glass
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on November 15, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Dana Walrath refers to her work as a border-crossing blend of creative writing, anthropology and art. On the show she talks about her graphic memoir, “Aliceheimer’s: Through the Looking Glass,” which combines drawings and stories to chronicle three years of caregiving for her […]

  • The Mitzvah
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on November 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    When aging parents need care, the way they’ve lived their lives up to that point often factors into whether their adult children are willing to help them. In today’s episode we hear from a daughter who felt duty-bound to help her parents even though her sister refused to get involved. […]

  • Wherever You Are
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on November 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Cynthia Lim thought she had the perfect life: a loving husband who was also a successful lawyer, her own fulfilling career, two sons thriving in high school and a home in LA loaded with books, music and art. It all fell apart in June of 2003 when her husband, Perry, suffered a cardiac arrest and […]

  • Caring for Dad at 32
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on October 25, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    New Yorker Jennifer Levin talks about how becoming a caregiver for her father at age 32 changed her and why there’s a stark difference between being a Millennial or Gen-X caregiver versus caregiving as a baby boomer. She pushes back on the stereotype of young adults as being lazy and mooching […]

  • From Ragged Edge to California Cool
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on October 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    When her husband proposed a month’s vacation in Mexico, Susan Reid hesitated - fearful of being away from her elderly parents for so long. Susan’s mother is diabetic and her father has dementia. On the show Susan tells us how that trip to Mexico played out and how moving her parents […]

  • Aging in Place with Designer Dale Miller
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on October 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Nine months after she helped move her parents from New York to Florida, Dale Miller learned her mother had a brain tumor. A lifelong New Yorker, Dale pulled up stakes and moved to Florida too, relocating herself and her business as a commercial interior designer. Dale tells us how both she and […]

  • LGBTQ Chaplain Cliff Alburger
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on October 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    For many lesbian, gay bisexual or transgender (LGBTQ) older adults the thought of moving into a long-term care facility means denying your identity and going right back into the closet. One person working to change that is Cliff Alburger, the first LGBTQ Chaplain Resident at Hebrew Senior Life […]

  • Ann Campanella on "Motherhood: Lost and Found"
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on September 27, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Writer Ann Campanella was 33 years old and hoping to become a mother when her own mother began showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. As her mother declined, Ann suffered a series of miscarriages that compounded her feelings of grief for the mother who was slipping away from her. On the show […]

  • Sharon Rosenzweig: Drawing Through Grief
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on September 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Cartoonist Sharon Rosenzweig found it impossible to continue drawing after her mother died. She found the way back to her art through a warm-up ritual suggested by the cartoonist Lynda Barry. On the show Sharon tells us about that ritual, how it helped her grieve and how anyone with an interest […]

  • SquadCare With Sherri Williams
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on September 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Self-care gets a lot of play in the media, but the truth is we’re all connected and the practice of care involves many people, especially in times of crisis. In today’s show we talk with media scholar and veteran journalist Dr. Sherri Williams about her piece for Elle digital magazine […]

  • Rx4good with Ann Moravick
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on August 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Rx4good President Ann Moravick expands on her piece for Forbes digital magazine titled, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? When Caring for a Business and Caregiving Converge.&rdquo […]

  • Marissa Moss: Last Things
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on August 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Award-winning author and illustrator Marissa Moss is best known for her popular “Amelia’s Notebooks” series. She took a radical departure from that series with her novel, “Last Things: A Graphic Memoir About ALS,” a deeply personal story of how Marissa coped with the […]

  • The Wide Circumference of Love
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on August 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Best-selling author Marita Golden talks about her novel “The Wide Circumference of Love,” in which the real-world impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the African-American community is woven into a fictionalized story. […]

  • Leaving Whidbey
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on July 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Dr. Maxine Borowsky Junge, co-author of the book, “Dear Myra, Dear Max: A Conversation About Aging,” returns to the show to talk about what she discovered on a trip to upstate New York where—with her adult children in tow—she visited three living communities designed for […]

  • Joe Carella: Creating Unlimited Options For Aging
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on July 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Executive Director Joe Carella of the Scandinavian Charitable Society of Greater Boston talks about how his accidental placement in a geriatric hospital ward as a teenager sparked his passion for community-centered living: a commonsense approach to aging where older adults in residential facilities […]

  • Jay Perry: Journeying Through Cancer
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on June 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Canadian photographer Jay Perry was thirty-one years old when his father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Jay’s business was just taking off, with a portfolio that included artists Snoop Dogg, Usher and Gwen Stefani, but he decided to stop working and move in with his parents to help […]

  • Facing Cancer
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on June 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jennifer Schosheim is a millennial on a mission. She's one of America’s low-profile but critical pieces of the healthcare puzzle, delivering person-centered care outside the operating room. Jennifer tells us about her work counseling cancer patients and their […]

  • The Caregivers: Social Practice Art
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on June 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Director and Creator Nell Bang-Jensen talks about her play “The Caregivers,” created in collaboration with Philadelphia-area home health aides, hospice workers and family caregivers, several who performed in the play. Part fantasy, part reenacted stories based on the caregivers’ […]

  • Frank Morelli: No Sad Songs
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on June 7, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    In his new Young Adult (YA) novel, “No Sad Songs,” author Frank Morelli explores youth caregiving through the character Gabe LoScuda, an eighteen-year-old thrust into the role of caregiver for his grandfather when tragedy strikes the family. Frank tells us how watching his parents care […]

  • Being There
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on May 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Why are conversations about death so hard? And how can we learn to say goodbye in a healthy way? Author Julie Saeger Nierenberg explores these and other tough questions in her book “Daddy, This Is It: Being-With My Dying Dad.” Julie tells us how her father’s terminal cancer […]

  • Sky Dylan-Robbins on Millennials Stepping Up
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on May 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Filmmaker and visual journalist Sky Dylan-Robbins talks about her documentary short for NBC Left Field, “Millennials Stepping Up: How Will We Take Care of Our Parents?” At this pivotal moment in society, where in the next thirty years the population of Americans over age 65 will double, […]

  • Find Your Tribe
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on May 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    In 2007, television, film and social media producer Jen Vargas made a short film for Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. A year later, the economy tanked and so did Jen’s career. Then her mother was diagnosed with stage one uterine cancer. Jen moved in […]

  • Dear Max: Dr. Maxine Borowsky Junge
    by jana@agewyz.com (Maxine Borowsky Junge, The Agewyz Podcast.) on May 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    80-year-old Dr. Maxine Borowsky Junge explains why she co-wrote “Dear Myra, Dear Max: A Conversation on Aging” with her friend and colleague Dr. Myra Levick, who at age 93 now lives in an independent living community in South Florida while Max lives alone on Whidbey Island in Washington […]

  • What You Make Of It
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on April 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    In today’s show we revisit an interview with Rosalinda Babin, the mother of military veteran Alan “Doc” Babin who sustained a near-fatal gunshot wound serving as a paratrooper medic in the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division. Rosie shares the powerful story of how Doc clawed […]

  • Dear Myra, Dear Max - Dr. Myra Levick
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on April 12, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    In an era when women were often defined by the work of their husbands, art psychotherapist Dr. Myra Levick (93) earned three degrees, she helped found the American Art Therapy Association and she developed the widely-used Levick Emotional and Cognitive Art Therapy Assessment (LECATA). Myra […]

  • Grammy
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Lauren DePino) on April 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    The death of LA writer Lauren DePino's beloved grandmother hit her especially hard, but she didn’t realize how hard until years later when she met 91-year-old Gloria Kessler, the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend’s wife. Lauren tells us about the getaway to San Diego that began her […]

  • Millennial Caregiver Lisette Carbajal
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Lisette Carbajal) on March 29, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Lisette Carbajal was sitting in her dorm room at the University of Virginia when her mother called, crying as she told her Lisette’s father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In that moment Lisette knew her future would be very different from that of most of her fellow […]

  • Twilight Wishes
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, James Ciervo) on March 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    James Ciervo is the Regional Chapter Director (New York) of the Twilight Wish Foundation, a national organization in the business of making older adults happy. He talks about the range of wishes granted by the Foundation, from providing a stair lift or a hearing aid to granting LGBT senior wishes. […]

  • The Last Poker Game
    by jana@agewyz.com (Jana Panarites, Dr. Howard L. Weiner) on March 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    “Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game” is the rare Hollywood movie that explores the subject of aging through characters that are neither pitiable nor put on a pedestal. It stars Paul Sorvino as a womanizing gambler and the Oscar-winning Martin Landau as a retired heart surgeon who […]

  • Ronni Bennett: Time Goes By
    by jana@agewyz.com (The Agewyz Podcast.) on March 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Not one of us knows what it's like to be old until we get there. So says today's guest, 76-year-old Ronni Bennett, a former radio producer who also spent over 25 years as a writer and producer in network television in New York and was managing editor of the first CBS news website. These days Ronni […]

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