This is Growing Old—A Podcast

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“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.”

—Ella Fitzgerald

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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21. Fighting COVID-19 Vaccine Myths featuring Dr. Todd Wolynn

Dr. Todd Wolynn shares best practices for fighting against COVID-19 vaccine disinformation and misinformation on social media.

20. Nutrition and Healthy Aging Featuring Bob Blancato

Bob Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, talks about the importance of nutrition for healthy aging.

19. David Farber Explains How International Reference Pricing Would Impact Older Adult‪s‬

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.

16. A Special New Year’s Message from Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin

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.

15. Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas: Bringing Joy to a Tough 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.

14. Ramsey Alwin, CEO of the National Council on Aging: Holiday Safety Tips During COVID-19

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.

13. Emiliana Simon-Thomas: The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

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.

12. Grace Whiting: Caring for Caregivers During COVID-19

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.

11. Dr. Jack Guralnik: What You Should Know About Sarcopenia

We talk about something that is quite common, but that you might not have ever heard of before: sarcopenia

10. Dr. William Schaffner: Why Getting Your Flu Shot is More Important Than Ever

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.

9. Debbe McCall: Cardiovascular Patient Researcher, Advocate & Speaker

Debbe McCall talks about how she became a patient advocate and how patients can best advocate for themselves.

8. Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD

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.

7. Beverlye Hyman Fead: Changing How We Think About Aging

Beverlye Hyman Fead talks about embracing aging, why honesty and a sense of humor are so important as we age, and more.

6. Patty Peterson: Why Patient Advocacy is Important

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.

5. All of Us: Improving Health Care Through Research

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.

4. Men’s Health Network: Healthy Aging for Men and Those Who Love Them

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.

3. Patient Advocates Jim and Geri Taylor: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

2. Sandy Markwood: How to Help Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

1. Lance Robertson: COVID-19’s Impact On Older Adults

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.