‘At Home, On Air’ Library

Welcome to our ‘At Home, On Air’ library! We are pleased to be able to continue offering connection, community and knowledge to our participants remotely. You can find information about upcoming episodes on our ‘Next Forums’ page.

A Conversation With Marcy Simon

“There are typically two choices you have as an older adult fitness consumer.  You can either go to a senior center, and they have some updated programming but often you are not exercising in a designated space, you are exercising in the same space you eat lunch in.  And then you have the fitness culture of youth, places like Equinox that have top level fitness equipment.  Older people with means will go to the Equinox, but instead of the programming serving them, they have to fit themselves into the programs.  They suffer and do not enjoy these classes.”

A Conversation With Anne Basting & Jason Karlawish

Anne Basting: “My work as an artist, writer and humanities scholar has been about finding the various components of the cultural cure, […] to dissolve this false boundary between health, medicine, social services and arts and cultures.”

Jason Karlawish: “A few years ago I arrived at this idea of seeing Alzheimer’s as a disease of autonomy. […] It is a disease because there is a pathology in the brain…., but it becomes a disease fully because ….it goes after a cherished value.”

A Conversation With Sarah Hill 

“What I love to say to my clients is, ‘death is not an emergency.’ Sometimes it is…but in many cases it can be a non-emergency, especially once death has occurred we are allowed to slow down…We also hope that we can help families to slow down before death has occurred, be present with the experience.”

A Conversation With Lisa Armao

“As soon as they saw the children the chatter level increased and they started asking questions, ‘Who are they?’…They would sit down and do the work with the children…and there was laughter and conversation… and it was magical…we had moments of shared learning…for many people living with dementia reading is a preserved ability…a lot of the three and four year olds they are just starting to learn how to read…they could identify an animal in an image but could not read…They would fill each other’s decificits…it’s truly magical”.

A Conversation With Tony Chicotel 

“The nursing home industry is a dying industry. It will be a very slow, slow death but they plateaued 30, 40 years ago. People are getting more options and are exercising their options to stay where they are or go to more homelike settings.“

A Conversation With Michaeleen Doucleff

“Our culture tends to maximally interfere with others in our community – we underestimate what they can do. We come from ‘maximal’, we know what is right and want to fix it. They come from a different place – maybe the kid or the older person knows what is right and I am going to watch to make sure that they are ok.”

A Conversation With Amy Yotopoulos 

“All caregivers need something different and specific. Every situation is so complex and requires this network of support and it’s therefore so important for caregivers to know how to access all these different resources that are available to them. Right now the way we have created it  – they have to knock on 18 different doors to get those and my job is to say ‘Call me’  and we will go through the list together.”

A Conversation With David Fredrickson

The simple definition of Mindful Self Compassion is treating ourselves as we would treat a beloved. The idea is to turn the goodwill we afford others to ourselves. Self kindness is the way to meet the usual self judgement and self criticism with a different kind of voice. “ 

A Conversation With Shireen McSpadden

“We are now saying – let’s find new ways to support organizations that are organically part of the community that are run by black, and indigenous people of color instead of always thinking about what is the easiest and biggest organization we can work with…”

A Conversation With Marc Freedman

“I have a particular hope for elder leaders like Biden or Nancy Pelosi to really call the younger generation to action to solve the problems of the country, to join older people in doing that and to create for the first time a co-generational service corp…

A Conversation With Neal Blangiardo

“Sometimes people are single for the first time in 50 years. Physiological changes are happening. We need…resources that address these changes.

A Conversation With T.F Tierney

“You really need to bring social science into designing the suburbs if you want them to be successful for aging in place.

A Conversation With Claudia Giacoma, Saundra Shanti and Caroline Lovell

“Creativity is a universal language…
we have access to another language that we don’t know that we know how to speak.”

A Conversation With Clare Cooper Marcus and Jennifer Jewell

“I go out there several times a day. The wonderful thing about gardening is that you go out there to do one thing and then you see something else and then something else and then you thought you would be out there for five minutes and you end up being out there for 35 minutes. And it all has been wonderfully joyful. For me gardening is not work I do not have to think, I know what to do.”

A Conversation With Helen Dennis

We do not need to be satisfied just to survive- to thrive is an intention.

A Conversation With Gretchen Addi, Margaret Tung & Emily Varnam

Many women want a place to experiment with movement in a safe way – some also want to get back to this high or rush they had as a young person when doing something physical.”

A Conversation With John Zeisel

Part of wellbeing includes identity, security, connectedness, autonomy, meaningfulness, growth and joy. Without creativity on the part of designers and those who design the engagement programs you miss the joy part…The ultimate goal is to have a relationship between the person living with dementia and their families, care partners, all of those people. If there is no joy, there is no relationship. If there is no creativity there is no relationship.”

A Conversation With Cathy Spensley and Erica Solway

Key facts from the conversation: Everybody is experiencing loneliness and isolation, not just older adults. Older adults want to be digitally connected (after so many years of enticing them). Telehealth is here to stay.

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A Conversation With Chip Conley and Candiece Milford

“When we think of wellness in the US we tend to think of personal wellness, you go out to the gym, you figure out your diet, you look at your sleep patterns. It is all I, I, I and yet what we really most want and need in later life is not the I, I, I of wellness it is the We, We, We of wellness. And isn’t it interesting that the word ‘Wellness’ starts with ‘We’ and Illness starts with ‘I’.”

A Conversation With Louise Aronson and Mikiko Huang

We are allowing adults to make decisions about their risk, and yet not giving elders the same right to make a decision…We are stripping people of agency. This is basically a human and civil rights violation. We need to give people the information. Based on my patients and friends, people will make different choices.”

A Conversation With Elizabeth Fishel and Charlene Depner

“The ritual of nesting into a new house and location helped all these writers and women retrench and start over.” 
“Significantly, the relocation helped provide redirection and a renewal of artistic energy.”

A Conversation With Carla Perissinotto and Amber Carroll

“We are in the middle of a study in this pandemic. We are seeing worse in loneliness, worse in depression, worse in anxiety, trouble accessing medication, trouble accessing care givers.”

A Conversation With Kari Rogenski & Katie Wade 

“Vocational quality of life is about a person’s ongoing contribution to society. Age is not a factor. All humans have a right to contribute to society. Vocational qualities of life are about meaning and purpose.”

A Conversation With Emily Kaiser Thelin

“[This biography] It was a love letter to Paula’s love. She cared so much and taught me so much about the value of paying attention, of noticing details. Life is a series of details and the closer you can pay attention to details, the richer your life will be. Even if you forget all on the other side of it – they add up, they pile up.”

A Conversation With Ashton Applewhite and Tiffany Yu

‘Moving Toward Pride: What an Anti-ageism Movement can learn from Disability Pride’

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A Conversation With Anne Basting, author, teacher, artist

Anne Basting on care-giving: “We need to bring creativity back into the micro-moments of  our every day life… Everyone is a caregiver — to family, friends, neighbors, especially during this pandemic”

A Conversation With Clark Kellogg, designer, writer, innovator and teacher

Clark Kellogg on curiosity: “We have to adopt the traveler’s mindset – when we go to a new country, we have to be very curious learning everything as we go. That curiosity allows us to not be making judgements but inventing our way forward, in every step navigating.”

A Conversation With Valerie Fletcher, the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design

“Universal design is an important tool – it’s really about the context of our lives. What we do, those of us who design, are designing a context for life. Design is a social art. It is always about people. Part of what we are always talking about is the ordinariness of difference among we humans.”

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A Conversation With Aging in Place Expert, Louis Tenenbaum

Louis Tenenbaum on the home “People are rediscovering homes now as the ‘safe’ place. The time has come to offer programs that incentivize stakeholders, from builders to homeowners to home supply stores to prepare homes to serve their residents throughout their lifespan.”

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