Episodes

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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