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This is Growing Old

At this very moment, no matter where we are, we all have one thing in common—from the moment we are born, we are 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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Podcast Episodes


43: Alliance Board Chair Jim Scott Shares This Year’s Top Stories in Aging and Health

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost over. As we prepare for the new year, it’s important to look back and reflect on the year that we’ve just had. Jim Scott, Chair of the Alliance for Aging Research’s Board of Directors, joins Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin to reflect on the year’s top stories in aging and health.


42: How to Make a Difference this Holiday Season with Meals on Wheels

Colder weather is upon us, and that means that many older adults may be isolated at home. Here to talk about how Meals on Wheels is making a difference is Meals on Wheels President and CEO Ellie Hollander.


41: Fighting Ageism with Activist and Author Ashton Applewhite

At the Alliance for Aging Research, we are all about helping people live longer, happier, more productive lives. Unfortunately, ageism in our society can be a huge barrier to healthy aging. Here to talk about ageism is Ashton Applewhite, an activist and author who wrote This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.


40: Addressing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Older Adults with PAN Foundation’s Amy Niles

Being able to afford out-of-pocket prescription drug medications is a problem for millions of Americans, especially older adults. Every year, Medicare beneficiaries pay on average over 3,200 in out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs. For an older adult on a fixed income, this is no small chunk of change. Alliance for Aging Research Vice President of Public Policy Michael Ward is joined by Amy Niles, Executive Vice President of the PAN Foundation to talk about why out-of-pocket costs are so high, the real-world impacts of growing out-of-pocket costs for older adults, and what we can do about it.


39: Living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: Patient Advocate Jay Reinstein Shares his Story

Jay Reinstein is a graduate of the Alliance’s Talk NERDY to Me program, which trains older adult on patient-centered outcomes research and the clinical trials process. Jay, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, shares his story this Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.


38: What is Geroscience? Dr. Felipe Sierra, International Advocate for Geroscience, Explains.

Dr. Felipe Sierra is an internationally known research leader and advocate in the field of geroscience. He is also the former director of the National Institute on Aging’s Division of Aging Biology. Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin talks with Dr. Sierra about geroscience and the upcoming Euro-Geroscience conference, which he is chairing.


37: Malnutrition and Aging: What You Need to Know

October 4 through 8 is Malnutrition Awareness Week. Joining Alliance Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy Lindsay Clarke is Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, President of ASPEN, an organization dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Gail talks with Lindsay about recognizing the signs of malnutrition and how we can fight against it as we age.


36: Are You NERDY? Become an Advocate for Older Adult Health with Talk NERDY to Me

Teresa Wright-Johnson shares her experience being a patient advocate and participating in the Alliance for Aging Research’s Talk NERDY to Me training.


35: Celebrating 35 Years of the Alliance for Aging Research with Founder Dan Perry

The Alliance for Aging Research is celebrating 35 years! Here to talk about this incredible milestone and all that the Alliance has accomplished for older adults is our founder, Dan Perry.


34: Celebrate Grandparents Day and Learn the Truth About Vaccines

This Grandparents Day, Generations United and the Alliance for Aging Research are sharing important facts about vaccines with older adults who are often the truth tellers in their families and communities. Getting the truth about vaccination to share with loved ones and friends can help stop disinformation, address vaccine hesitancy, and protect more people through vaccinations. On this episode, Lindsay Clarke, Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy at the Alliance for Aging Research, interviews Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts about Grandparents Day and how grandparents can promote vaccines across the generations.


33: September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month?


32: How to Help Older Adults with Social Isolation and Loneliness

Sue Peschin, President and CEO of the alliance for Aging Research, chats with Mark Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. DOROT’s mission is to decrease social isolation and loneliness among older adults, which is more important than ever.\