Episodes

Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Roberta Rosenberg

Episode Notes In this episode, Roberta Rosenberg speaks openly about the traumatic accident her son experienced 2 1/2 years ago and his successful healing journey, with support from family. And how, more recently, she has taken her mother out of a senior living facility, and moved her into her family’s home. Roberta brings creativity and...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Taura Taylor

Episode Notes In this episode, we welcome sociologist Taura Taylor, a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University who teaches about race and resilience. Over the years, Taura has played a caregiver role to a number of family members, and three years ago, her mother moved in with her. Taura talks about the culture of caregiving...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with elder care expert, Karen Wasserman

Episode Notes Elder care expert, Karen Wasserman, shares both tragic and uplifting stories based on her work with elders and their families during this difficult time. In sharing how her Boston-based agency helps elders and their families, she provides a powerful roadmap for caregivers to help them find services and support in their own localities...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Laurie Sheridan

Episode Notes In this episode, Laurie Sheridan returns to the podcast to talk about the death of her husband, Ira, who had Parkinson’s Disease. Sadly, Ira died – two months before the pandemic hit. Find out how Laurie is coping with the loss, where she’s finding joy, and her surprising reaction to the timing of...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: a Global Perspective

Episode Notes What can we learn from global perspectives about the impact of the pandemic on care workers and caregivers? For one thing, the universality of what we’re all going through. But there’s more. In this episode, we welcome four researchers who share their insights about the impact of the global pandemic in their respective...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Maria Colville

Episode Summary This episode features an interview with Marie Colville, a professional home care worker who has been doing this work for 30 years. You’ll hear Maria talk about the childhood experiences that inspired her to do this work. And prepare to be inspired by her fearlessness and passion for caring for others, even in...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Rick Surpin

Episode Summary How are home care workers doing during this pandemic? As front-line workers, the nature of their work is hands-on and up close. These workers face major issues about staying protected and safe. And what about the people they’re caring for? How are families in need of care dealing with this crisis? Mindy interviews...

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Caregiving in the Time of Corona: Interview with Laura Barr

Episode Summary How are caregivers coping during this global health crisis? The Shape of Care podcast is releasing a series of interviews with people who are caring for a loved one right now. In this episode, Mindy brings back a guest from Season 1 – Laura Barr – whose wife, Jean, has Alzheimer’s Disease. In...

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EP7 — Q&A with Karen Wasserman, Elder Care Expert

This is our final episode for Season 1! In this episode, elder care expert, Karen Wasserman, responds to listeners' questions and concerns.

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EP6 — Homophobia in elder care

This episode explores homophobia in elder care, featuring the LGBT Aging Project founder, Dale Mitchell. We also meet Rebekah Levitt, Executive Director of Rogerson House, who brought LGBT sensitivity training to her staff. And we hear from Laura Barr, who shares her own concerns about homophobia in institutional care.

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EP5 — Alzheimer’s Disease: How to cope when it gets sadder

Laura Barr makes another big decision – to move her wife, Jean, out of Rogerson House and into a skilled nursing facility. This is emotionally hard, but she finds creative ways to cope.

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EP4 — Alzheimer’s Disease: Holding onto joy

Laura Barr talks with humor and openness about caring for her wife, Jean, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, from when Jean was diagnosed to when she moved into a dementia facility. We also meet Dr. Adam Burrows, who runs an innovative program designed to support frail elders so they can remain in their own homes.

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EP3 — Linking Quality Care Jobs and Quality of Care

Rick Surpin, founder of Cooperative Home Care Associates, talks about some disturbing early experiences that drive his passion for supporting person-centered care. And he describes why it’s so important that care workers are paid well and respected on the job, if they are to provide quality care to frail elders.

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EP2 – Ai-Jen Poo and Sarita Gupta: Reimagining Caregiving Policies

Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta, call for a comprehensive caregiving policy in the U.S. Ai-jen is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she and Sarita co-direct Caring Across Generations.

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EP1 – When your romantic partner has Parkinson’s Disease

Laurie Sheridan speaks candidly with warmth and humor, as she describes what it’s like caring 24/7 for her husband, Ira, who has Parkinson’s Disease.

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Trailer: Introducing The Shape Of Care

The Shape of Care explores the world of caregiving. In this series, we look at who does the caregiving in the U.S. and why it’s so important. You’ll hear stories of caregivers and the people they care for, and from experts and activists tackling these issues, trying to improve conditions for workers and the care they...

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