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The Shape of Care

26 EpisodesProduced by Mindy FriedWebsite

The Shape of Care is a podcast that explores the world of caregiving. In this series, we hear stories from caregivers and the people they care for, and from experts and activists. There are so many of us doing this work, but we’re not talking to each other. We’re just trying to keep it together. Thi… read more

26 Episodes | 2019 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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Behind the scenes of The Shape of Care: Lisa Mullins interviews Mindy Fried

August 8th, 2022


In this episode, Lisa Mullins, award-winning journalist and the podcast's advisor, interviews Mindy to get a behind the scenes look at The Shape of …

She called me her three c’s: compassion, caring and comfort

July 19th, 2022


Check out to see guest bios and photos, links to relevant articles and resources, and for Episode 4, you'll see an amazing essay by Ai-jen Poo, Director of Care Can't Wait, and …

Nursing assistants: the heart and soul of nursing care

July 12th, 2022


Check out to see guest bios and photos, links to relevant articles and resources, and for Episode 3, you'll see an excerpt of an interview with Senator Bob Casey! 

Making a difference: From care work to home care activism

July 5th, 2022


Check out to see guest bios and photos, links to relevant articles and resources, and an essay by guest author, Dr. Sonya Michel, Professor Emerita of History and Women’s and Gender …

Season 2, Episode 1: From fear to love: An evangelical Christian and a Muslim home care worker

June 28th, 2022


Check out to see guest bios and photos, links to relevant articles and resources, and an essay by guest author,Fumilayo …

Trailer for Season 2 of The Shape of Care

June 21st, 2022


Welcome to Season 2 of The Shape of Care, a podcast about caregiving. Over the next four episodes, we’ll bring you into the lives of two “care pairs”, two PAID workers and the people they care for. And we’ll focus on …

Government and Employers: Key partners in supporting caregivers

June 9th, 2020


In this episode, we talk with Robin Lipson, the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Robin discusses some of the …

Following a public scandal in nursing homes in Quebec, Canada, some good news for caregivers...

May 26th, 2020


In this episode, we interview Donna Thomson, Canadian author, educator and advocate for family caregivers. She talks about a public scandal in …

Physical therapy with elders: What's it look like in a pandemic?

May 18th, 2020


In this episode, we interview Meg Flaherty-Griffith, a visiting geriatric physical therapist who does home visits with elders. What does it mean to provide high touch care during a pandemic? How has Meg's "job …

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

May 10th, 2020


In this episode, Roberta Rosenberg speaks openly about the traumatic accident her son experienced 2 1/2 years ago and his successful healing journey, …

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

May 4th, 2020


In this episode, we welcome sociologist Taura Taylor, a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University who teaches about race and resilience. Over the …

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

April 26th, 2020


Elder care expert, Karen Wasserman, shares both tragic and uplifting stories based on her work with elders and their families during this difficult …

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

April 20th, 2020


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 …

Caregiving in the Time of Corona: a Global Perspective

April 13th, 2020


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 …

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

April 7th, 2020


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 …

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

March 30th, 2020


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 …

Caregiving in the Time of Corona: Interview with Laura Barr

March 21st, 2020


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 …

Q&A with Karen Wasserman, Elder Care Expert

November 26th, 2019


This is our final episode for Season 1!  In this episode, Mindy interviews Karen Wasserman, a national elder care expert, and the Director of Your Elder Care Experts.  Karen responds to a series of important questions …

Homophobia in elder care

November 19th, 2019


This episode explores homophobia in elder care, and features several people, including Dale Mitchell from Ethos and the LGBT Aging Project; Rebekah Levit, the Executive Director of Rogerson House, who brought in …

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

November 14th, 2019


This episode is an update to Laura Barr's story, in which her wife, Jean, has moved to a skilled nursing facility.  She talks frankly about Jean’s decline, and the impact it has on her. And she talks about creative ways …

Alzheimer’s Disease: Holding onto joy

November 12th, 2019


This episode features Laura Barr talking about caring for her wife, Jean, who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Laura tells the story of Jean’s diagnosis and decline and reflects on the decisions she has had to make along the …

Linking quality care jobs and quality of care

November 5th, 2019


This episode features Rick Surpin, founder of Cooperative Home Care Associates, who shares disturbing stories from his childhood that drives his passion for supporting person-centered care. Rick talks about why it’s so …

Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta: Reimagining Caregiving Policies

October 29th, 2019


This episode features Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Sarita Gupta, who co-directs Caring Across Generations with Ai-jen. These powerhouse activists lay out an agenda that addresses …

When your romantic partner has Parkinson's Disease

October 22nd, 2019


This episode features Laurie Sheridan, who 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. Rick Surpin has a cameo in this episode. …

Trailer: Introducing The Shape of Care

September 26th, 2019


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 …

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