Blog: This is Growing Old Season One Highlights

Alliance for AgingResearch January 8, 2021 Blog

Last month, the Alliance for Aging Research wrapped up the first season of our podcast, This is Growing Old. While you wait for season two to premiere on January 27, revisit these informative interviews from season one. You can also listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Anchor.

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

“I hope that the tremendous kindness that I’ve seen during this virus remains deeply rooted in who we are as a culture. It’s so heartwarming to see how far people now will go to help others, and we don’t need a virus to be like that.”


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

“I think that I am so glad as you get older that you don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. You really have your priorities and you can see them.”


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

 “Even though you have Alzheimer’s or something else, you need to get up for something to do every day.”


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

“As we age, we tend to think that aches and pains come with aging, and that’s not necessarily true.”


5. All of Us: Improving Health Care Through Research

“Our goal as a public resource is to create the largest, most diverse data set in history and let researchers make discoveries in science on that for free as quickly as possible.”


6. Patty Peterson: Why Patient Advocacy is Important

“So my choice is to live a full life, and I encourage everybody to embrace that, step into it, do what you need to do to feel that joy and your peace in your heart.”


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

“Aging is not always easy. As we know, it’s not for sissies.”


8. Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD: Addressing Common Misconceptions About COVID-19

“If you’re lonely or depressed, you don’t have to appear strong to people. You should admit it and acknowledge it.”


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

“The biggest thing is you want to help someone not have to make the mistakes you did.”


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

“The flu vaccine shifts the odds in our favor.”


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

“People have assumed that getting weaker and losing physical abilities are kind of a normal part of aging, but they’re not.”


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

“One of the reasons I love getting older is I really feel like you become more resilient as you age.”


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

“With gratitude practice, we begin to be more aware of the goodness that we are lucky enough to enjoy, to adopt a more optimistic perspective on our day-to-day experiences.”


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

“We’re all living longer than the outdated programs that are currently in place and it’s time for a serious look at our public policies and the social contract.”


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

“Any day that I learn something new is a good day and I keep having good days, so. I just don’t feel like I’m getting old yet.”