This is Growing Old—A Podcast
“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration I don’t think you can go wrong.”
At this very moment, no matter where we are, we all have one thing in common—from the moment we are born, we’re getting older. The experience of aging brings each of us challenges as well as adventures. And if we’re lucky, our lives will tell a tale that we can share to help others on their path.
The Alliance for Aging Research has encountered hundreds of inspiring people in its quest to promote healthy aging and we want you to meet them! Join the Alliance as we interview these changemakers in our podcast, This is Growing Old. Stay tuned for new episodes every other Wednesday.
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Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin interviews Ken Thorpe, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and Chair of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, an organization that does incredible work to raise awareness of the impact of chronic disease on death, disability, and rising healthcare costs.
Diseases and injuries that damage the brain can impact how we interact with the world and lead to significant and disabling behavioral and psychological symptoms, which are also referred to as neuropsychiatric symptoms. Here to talk about neuropsychiatric symptoms and the challenges they present is Dr. Jeffrey Cummings. Dr. Jeffrey Cummings is the Joy Chambers-Grundy Professor of Brain Science, an endowed professorship at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is the Director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, a center devoted to using the tools of neuroscience and neurologic drug development to transform people’s lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially devastating for people of color. Minority groups are more likely to get severely sick and die from COVID-19. Additionally, Black Americans are getting vaccinated at a slower rate than whites. Here to talk about these disparities and how we can work to overcome them is Gary Puckrein, President and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum.
According to a new report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the current body of evidence on dementia care does not reflect the experiences of diverse populations. On the latest episode of This is Growing Old, Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin interviews Dr. Eric Larson, a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and chair of the committee that wrote the report.
In this special bonus episode, Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin discusses how implementing international reference pricing in the U.S. would decimate the clinical development of therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias with Vital Transformation’s Managing Director Duane Schulthess.
Terry Wilcox, the Executive Director of Patients Rising, talks about quality-adjusted life years and why they are bad for patients and older adults in particular.
Dr. Todd Wolynn shares best practices for fighting against COVID-19 vaccine disinformation and misinformation on social media.
Bob Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, talks about the importance of nutrition for healthy aging.
David Farber, a partner at King & Spalding LLP, talks about international reference pricing, an issue that impacts older adults and their access to prescription drugs.
18. Martha Taggart, BrightFocus Science Writer: Raising Awareness of a Leading Cause of Vision Loss for Older Americans
In recognition of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month, Sue Peschin talks with Martha Taggart, a science writer for the BrightFocus Foundation, about age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, an eye disease that is a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans.
17. John Lewis, Executive Director of Heart Valve Voice US: Raising Awareness of Heart Valve Disease
On this episode of the podcast, Alliance for Aging Research Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy Lindsay Clarke speaks with John Lewis, Executive Director of Heart Valve Voice US, about how the organization is raising awareness of heart valve disease.
What does 2021 have in store for the Alliance for Aging Research and older adults in general? In this first episode of season 2 and 2021, Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin shares her thoughts on the new year.
On the season finale of This is Growing Old, Sue talks with Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas Chairman Ric Erwin and President Bob Callahan about why Santas would make for good messengers for promoting the COVID-19 vaccine, how Santas are bringing hope during a difficult year, and why they say real beards are better.
National Council on Aging President and CEO Ramsey Alwin talks about how older adults can stay safe and connected this holiday season, and provides updates on NCOA initiatives.
Sue talks with Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., the science director of the Greater Good Science Center, about the importance of gratitude and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives.
We recognize National Family Caregivers Month by interviewing C. Grace Whiting, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. Grace talks about challenges caregivers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We talk about something that is quite common, but that you might not have ever heard of before: sarcopenia
William Schaffner, M.D., Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), explains why the flu vaccine is so important this year and answers questions about common questions about COVID-19.
Debbe McCall talks about how she became a patient advocate and how patients can best advocate for themselves.
Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD, talks about common misconceptions about COVID-19, why COVID-19 is infecting and killing more Black and Hispanic Americans, and the most common questions he gets about aging.
Beverlye Hyman Fead talks about embracing aging, why honesty and a sense of humor are so important as we age, and more.
Patty Peterson, a participant of the Alliance’s Talk NERDY to Me program, reflects on what she learned from the program and the importance of patient advocacy.
Eric Dishman, Chief Innovation Officer at All of Us, explains why the organization is on a mission to collect and study health data from a million people or more, and how will this data help improve health care for all of us.
Ana Tomšić, Vice-President of Men’s Health Network, and Dr. Sal Giorgianni, Senior Science Advisor at Men’s Health Network, talk about how men can pursue healthy aging and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted men’s health.
Patient advocates Jim and Geri Taylor talk about their personal experience with Geri’s Alzheimer’s disease and what it’s been like during the pandemic; their work with the Alliance’s Talk NERDY To Me Training, and their latest campaign to change clinical trial recruitment in Alzheimer’s disease trials.
We talk with n4a CEO Sandy Markwood about common challenges older adults face during the COVID-19 pandemic and how n4a is helping older adults get access to the information and services they need.
Lance Robertson, who serves as both Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administration for Community Living Administrator, talks about COVID-19’s impact on older adults.