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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 list of recommended “Best Podcasts for Family Caregivers.”

Check out a few episodes below!

  • Episode 155: Steve Burrows and Ilan Arboleda on "Bleed Out"
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on December 13, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    When Steve Burrows’ mother, Judie, fell into a coma after a routine hip surgery, he was afraid she would never wake up. Questioning Judie’s care during surgery, Steve discovered his mother was one of an alarming number of patients in the US who are harmed by medical error. His […]

  • Episode 154 - Lois Perelson-Gross: Reimagining End of Life
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on December 6, 2018 at 4:07 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 […]

  • Episode 153 - It's A Minefield: Vivian Stamatopoulos on Youth Caregivers
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 29, 2018 at 3:29 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, who had prostate cancer and advanced macular degeneration that prevented him from driving. In the midst of applying to PhD programs, Vivian took her […]

  • Aging Together With Grace
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 152 - Dana Walrath: Through the Looking Glass
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Dana Walrath refers to her work as a border-crossing blend of creative writing, anthropology and art. The daughter of refugees from the Armenian genocide, she has used stories and art to teach medical humanities at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine since moving to the state in […]

  • The Mitzvah
    by 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. […]

  • Episode 151: Wherever You Are
    by 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 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 she wrote about her experience in Cosmopolitan digital magazine. Initially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Jennifer’s father was eventually diagnosed with Progressive […]

  • From Ragged Edge to California Cool
    by 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. Neither parent drives, unless you count the golf cart Susan calls “the clown […]

  • Episode 150: Aging in Place with Designer Dale Miller
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on October 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Nine months after she helped move her parents from New York to Florida, Certified Aging in Place Specialist 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. […]

  • Episode 149: LGBTQ Chaplain Cliff Alburger
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 148 - Ann Campanella on "Motherhood: Lost and Found"
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 147 - Sharon Rosenzweig: Drawing Through Grief
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on September 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    For the past six years cartoonist Sharon Rosenzweig has been making comics about her mother and what Sharon refers to as their “adventures with Alzheimer’s Disease.” When her mother entered hospice, Sharon’s daily practice of drawing her and her caregivers became a way to […]

  • SquadCare With Sherri Williams
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 146: Rx4good with Ann Moravick
    by 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.” Ann’s parents were in good health into their nineties, but in the summer of 2017 her mother was […]

  • Marissa Moss: Last Things
    by 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 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. Marita tells us how writing the novel turned her into an […]

  • Episode 145: Leaving Whidbey
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on July 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Dr. Maxine Borowsky Junge, artist, psychotherapist and 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 […]

  • Episode 144 - Joe Carella: Creating Unlimited Options For Aging
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 143 - Jay Perry: Journeying Through Cancer
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 142: Facing Cancer
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on June 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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

  • Episode 141 - The Caregivers: Social Practice Art
    by 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’ […]

  • Episode 140 - Frank Morelli: No Sad Songs
    by 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. Gabe’s grandfather is a World War II […]

  • Being There (Rebroadcast)
    by 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.” On today’s show, Julie tells us how her […]

  • Episode 139: Sky Dylan-Robbins on Millennials Stepping Up
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 138: Find Your Tribe
    by 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 […]

  • Episode 137 - Dear Max: Dr. Maxine Borowsky Junge
    by 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 (Rebroadcast)
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on April 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    President Trump’s nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, Dr. Ronny Jackson, just withdrew his name from consideration. But as the VA remains leaderless, the needs of military veterans and their families continue to mount. In today’s show we revisit an interview with […]

  • Episode 136: Dear Myra, Dear Max - Dr. Myra Levick
    by 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 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). Now 93 years […]

  • Episode 135: Grammy
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on April 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Los Angeles-based writer Lauren DePino has always had a soft spot for older adults. The death of her beloved grandmother hit her especially hard, but Lauren didn’t realize how hard until years later when she met 91-year-old Gloria Kessler, the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend’s wife. […]

  • Episode 134: Millennial Caregiver Lisette Carbajal
    by The Agewyz Podcast. 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—the daughter of Peruvian immigrants who speak little English—knew […]

  • Episode 133: Twilight Wishes
    by The Agewyz Podcast. 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. On the show today, he talks about the range of wishes granted by the Foundation, from providing a stair lift or a hearing aid to an older […]

  • Episode 132: The Last Poker Game
    by The Agewyz Podcast. 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. Charming, funny and brutally honest, it stars Paul Sorvino as a womanizing gambler and the Oscar-winning Martin […]

  • Episode 131 - Ronni Bennett: Time Goes By
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on March 8, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Not one of us knows what it's like to be old until we get there. So says 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 is busy with […]

  • Episode 130: The Legacy
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on March 1, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    When it comes to aging parents, working daughters often feel they have to choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter. After her father died Illinois resident Maggie McClane chose to be a good daughter: she left her job as a paralegal and moved in with her 89-year-old mother to […]

  • Explaining Dementia To Children (Rebroadcast)
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on February 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Canadian author and illustrator Kathryn Harrison created her picture book “Weeds in Nana’s Garden” to help children who have family members with dementia understand and be aware of the disease. She created the book after her mother was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) […]

  • Learning How To Dance In The Rain (Rebroadcast)
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on February 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    The challenges of his political career were nothing compared to the steep learning curve faced by former Wisconsin Governor Martin J. Schreiber when his wife Elaine was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and he plunged into the role of spousal caregiver.  In today’s show, Marty […]

  • Episode 128: Dr. Samuel Harrington on his book "At Peace"
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on February 1, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Dr. Samuel Harrington's father had a vision of how he wanted to experience the last days of his life. That vision led Dr. Harrington and his sisters to help their father make end-of-life decisions based on the exit strategy he wanted. It also inspired Harrington's new book, "At Peace: Choosing a […]

  • Episode 127: The Caregiver Project
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on January 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Theater artist, writer and educator Nell Bang-Jensen believes that instead of staging big shows on a main stage, theater producers might better serve their communities by finding out what people in the community are interested in and engaging them in the artistic process. That's the idea behind a […]

  • Episode 126: Life After Caregiving
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on January 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    After ten years of caring for three different family members who died four months apart, Andrea McMillan woke up to the realization that she was no longer responsible for the well-being of anyone but herself and her healthy daughter. On today’s show, Andrea talks about life after caregiving, […]

  • Episode 125 - Iris Waichler: Role Reversal
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on January 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    In her new book, “Role Reversal: How To Take Care Of Yourself And Your Aging Parents” author Iris Waichler combines practical advice for caregivers with her personal story of caring for her father, a colorful World War II veteran who died at age 97. Iris brought forty years of […]

  • Anything For That Smile (Rebroadcast)
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on December 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Loretta Veney’s greatest fear is that her mother will outlive her money. Her great grandmother lived to age 107 and her grandmother to age 98. Neither had dementia. But Loretta’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 77. In today’s show, Loretta talks […]

  • Episode 124 - Joy Loverde: Creating A Quality Old Age
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on December 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Twenty years ago, when author Joy Loverde began thinking about writing her new book, “Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?” the timing wasn’t right. Back then people were still grappling with the concept of elder care, and Joy’s book “The Eldercare […]

  • Episode 123 - Matt Gurwell: Beyond Driving With Dignity
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on December 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Former Ohio state trooper Matt Gurwell talks about his organization Keeping Us Safe and the Beyond Driving With Dignity self-assessment program he created as a proactive measure, after spending years as a trooper delivering bad news to family members about accidents involving older drivers. He […]

  • Episode 122 - Peter Rosenberger: Caregiver With Hope
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on December 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    As the Trump administration rolls out its plan to deal with the opioid crisis, author and radio host Peter Rosenberger wants to know why caregivers have not been invited to the table. Thirty-plus years of handling medications prescribed for his wife’s chronic pain have convinced him this […]

  • Grown-Up Pains (Rebroadcast)
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    When her mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, 29-year-old writer Melissa Bilchik had to decide whether she too should be tested: there was a 50/50 chance Melissa was carrying the gene for this progressive brain disease. In today’s show, Melissa talks about the events leading […]

  • Episode 121: Getting Covered
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    It’s open enrollment season in the United States, so if you need to sign up for an individual health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace or you want to learn more about Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care, today’s show is for you. Our guest is Thad […]

  • Episode 120: The Wide Circumference Of Love
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Writing “The Wide Circumference of Love” turned best-selling author Marita Golden into an Alzheimer’s activist. In today’s show she tells us why and about the process of writing her novel, in which the real world impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the African-American […]

  • Episode 119: The Weight Of Honor
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    During the making of her documentary film, “The Weight of Honor,” which profiles the caregivers of military veterans, Director/Producer Stephanie Seldin Howard told the production team to put their politics aside: the film was about the caregivers—not the wars in Iraq or […]

  • Episode 118: Founder Denise M. Brown
    by The Agewyz Podcast. on November 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Google, Twitter, Facebook and Wikipedia didn’t even exist when Chicago native Denise M. Brown started exploring the idea of launching a website for caregivers the early 1990s. Everyone told her she was wasting her time: people don’t go online for the kind of information Denise wanted […]

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