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This is Growing Old

61 EpisodesProduced by Alliance for Aging ResearchWebsite

At this very moment, no matter where we are, we all have one thing in common—from the moment we are born, we’re 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… read more

61 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Speaking From The Heart: A Conversation with Heart Valve Voice Canada

February 15th, 2023


On Wednesday, February 22nd, the Alliance will be joined by more than 119 partners who are all working together to help raise awareness of valve disease—what it is, who’s at risk, what the symptoms are, how it’s …

Listen to Your Heart This Valve Disease Day with Lindsay Clarke

February 8th, 2023


It’s Heart Month, which is a busy time at the Alliance as we prepare for Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22nd. In the spirit of Heart Month, we're joined by Lindsay Clarke, the Senior Vice President of …

Addressing Barriers to Adult Immunization with Abby Bownas

January 25th, 2023


It’s no secret that vaccination is our best defense against preventable illnesses like the flu and COVID-19. However, for our most vulnerable …

2022 in Review With Dan Perry, Founder of the Alliance for Aging Research

January 11th, 2023


It’s hard to believe that 2022 is over. As we step into a new year, it’s important to look back and reflect on the year that we’ve just had. Dan Perry, Founder of the Alliance for Aging Research and member of our Board …

It Takes Two: Living With Early Stages Alzheimer's Disease

December 7th, 2022


On the heels of National Family Caregivers Awareness Month and National Alzheimer's Awareness month, we're joined by two patient advocates that epitomize this critical intersection. Roger Cochran is a member of the …

55. Deciphering the Inflation Reduction Act with Michael Ward

October 19th, 2022


In August, the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law. The bill includes provisions to address a number of issues including healthcare, to climate change, and deficit reduction. In this episode, we're joined by our …

54. Celebrating Our Heroes with Kevin Rigby, Master of Ceremonies

September 7th, 2022


Each year, the Alliance hosts Heroes in Health, an event to honor individuals and companies making great strides to further research and innovation in aging. Kicking off our 29th annual celebration and here to share his …

53. Changing the World, One Button at a Time with Robert Bolen

August 24th, 2022


Who needs the bells and whistles when inventor, Robert Bolen is changing the world with a button? Created as a teenager to help restore the …

52. Rallying For Medical Research with Jon Retzlaff

July 27th, 2022


Each year, the Rally for Medical Research raises awareness of the urgent need for increased investment in the NIH to improve health, spur progress, …

51. Practicing UV Safety This Summer with Jay Sirois

July 6th, 2022


July is UV Safety Awareness Month, which is a time to spread awareness about how important it is to protect our eyes and skin from the side effects …

50. Celebrating Pride Month with Sage CEO Michael Adams

June 29th, 2022


June is Pride Month, which is when LGBTQ+ communities and their allies come together to celebrate the freedom to be themselves. In recognition of Pride month, we are talking with Michael Adams, the Chief Executive …

49. Gone Phishing: How to Protect Your Loved Ones from Financial Abuse with Deborah Royster

June 15th, 2022


June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a …

48. Celebrating Mental Heath Awareness Month with Geriatric Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dilip Jeste

May 18th, 2022


May is Mental Health Awareness Month as well as Older Americans Month. This critical intersection implores us to explore emotional, psychological, …

47. Living with Atrial Fibrillation with Mellanie True Hills

May 11th, 2022


Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythm, and impacts as many as six million Americans. While the …

46. Raising Awareness With Valve Disease Day Partner Karyne Jones

February 9th, 2022


On February 22 we'll be hosting our sixth annual Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, a conference dedicated to increasing recognition of the specific risks and symptoms of heart valve disease, improve detection and …

45. David Farber Discusses the Implications of CMS' Recent National Coverage Decision Proposal For FDA Approved Alzheimer's Treatments

January 28th, 2022


On January 11th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an NCD proposal that would require “coverage with evidence development” …

NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD Answers Common Questions About Co-administration And Shares Vital Vaccine Info

January 12th, 2022


The CDC has recommended COVID-19 boosters for many Americans and has also approved co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines. Though many Americans have received their COVID-19 boosters and their flu …

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

December 15th, 2021


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 …

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

December 1st, 2021


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 …

41. Fighting Ageism with Activist and Author Ashton Applewhite

November 17th, 2021


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 …

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

November 10th, 2021


Being able to afford out-of-pocket prescription drug medications is a problem for millions of Americans, especially older adults. Every year, …

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

November 3rd, 2021


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 …

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

October 20th, 2021


Dr. Felipe Sierra is an internationally known research leader and advocate in the fields of geroscience and aging biology. He is currently chairing …

37. Malnutrition and Aging: What You Need to Know

October 6th, 2021


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 …

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

September 29th, 2021


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

Learn more about Talk NERDY to Me in this episode and at

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

September 15th, 2021


The Alliance for Aging Research is celebrating 35 years! Here to talk about this incredible milestone and all that the Alliance has accomplished for …

34. Celebrate Grandparents Day and Learn the Truth About Vaccines

September 10th, 2021


This Grandparents Day, Generations United and the Alliance for Aging Research are sharing important facts about vaccines with older adults who are …

33. September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

September 1st, 2021


Did you know that September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month?

Lindsay Clarke, Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy, talks with Diana Gray, President and CEO of the Hydrocephalus Association, about what …

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

August 25th, 2021


Sue Peschin, President and CEO of the alliance for Aging Research, chats with Mark Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. DOROT's mission is to …

31. What the 2021 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report Discovered About Older Adults

August 11th, 2021


Sue Peschin, President and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research, talks with Dr. Rhonda Randall, Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare Employer and Individual, about the UnitedHealth Foundation’s America’s Health …

30. UsAgainstAlzheimer's Chairman and Co-Founder George Vradenburg

July 28th, 2021


Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin talks with George Vradenburg, Chairman and Co-Founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, about the recent aducanumab announcement, the UsAgainstAlzheimer's Brain Guide …

29. Mike Sylvester, Five-Time Heart Surgery Survivor and Stroke Survivor, Shares His Story

July 14th, 2021


Mike Sylvester is a five-time heart surgery survivor, a stroke survivor, and an advocate who shares his story to help others live healthier lives. Listen to his conversation with Alliance for Aging Research Vice …

28. Food for Thought: The Role of Nutrition in Healthy Aging

June 30th, 2021


Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin interviews Lindsay Clarke, the Alliance's Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy, about the importance of good nutrition for healthy aging. 

27. Ken Thorpe, Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

June 16th, 2021


Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin interviews Ken Thorpe, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of …

26. Shaking the Stigma of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms with Dr. Jeffrey Cummings

June 2nd, 2021


Diseases and injuries that damage the brain can impact how we interact with the world and lead to significant and disabling behavioral and …

25. How COVID-19 Has Impacted Minorities with Dr. Gary Puckrein

May 19th, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially devastating for people of color. Minority groups are more likely to get severely sick and die from …

24. Improving the Current Body of Evidence on Dementia Care with Dr. Eric Larson

May 5th, 2021


According to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the current body of evidence on dementia care does not …

23. Bonus Episode: This Policy Would Have a Catastrophic Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease Research

May 3rd, 2021


International reference pricing proposals currently under consideration by the U.S. Congress, and proposed in the previous Congress as Title I of …

22. Speaking Out Against Discrimination in Healthcare with Terry Wilcox

April 21st, 2021


Age or possible disability does not impact the value of a human life. Unfortunately, the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review, or ICER, produces …

21. Fighting COVID-19 Vaccine Myths featuring Dr. Todd Wolynn

April 7th, 2021


What can YOU do to fight against COVID-19 vaccine disinformation and misinformation on social media? Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin talks …

20. Nutrition and Healthy Aging Featuring Bob Blancato

March 24th, 2021


How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted food programs and nutrition for older adults? What are some barriers that older adults face when it comes to …

19. David Farber Explains How International Reference Pricing Would Impact Older Adults

March 10th, 2021


What is international reference pricing, and how would it impact older adults and their access to prescription drugs? David Farber, a partner at King …

18. Martha Taggart, BrightFocus Science Writer: Raising Awareness of a Leading Cause of Vision Loss for Older Americans

February 24th, 2021


In recognition of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month, Sue Peschin talks with Martha Taggart, a science writer for the BrightFocus …

17. John Lewis, Executive Director of Heart Valve Voice US: Raising Awareness of Heart Valve Disease

February 10th, 2021


February 22 marks the fifth annual Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, a day dedicated to spotlighting the importance of detecting and treating heart …

16. A Special New Year's Message from Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin

February 3rd, 2021


What does 2021 have in store for the Alliance for Aging Research and older adults in general? In this first episode of season 2 and 2021, Alliance …

15. Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas: Bringing Joy to a Tough Year

December 23rd, 2020


On the season finale of This is Growing Old, Sue Peschin talks with Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas Chairman Ric Erwin and President Bob …

14. Ramsey Alwin, CEO of the National Council on Aging: Holiday Safety Tips During COVID-19

December 9th, 2020


In this episode, National Council on Aging President and CEO Ramsey Alwin talks about how older adults can stay safe and connected this holiday …

13: Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas: The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

November 25th, 2020


Welcome to a special Thanksgiving episode of our podcast!

Although the holidays look different this year because of COVID-19, we can still celebrate …

12. Grace Whiting: Caring for Caregivers During COVID-19

November 11th, 2020


In this episode, we recognize National Family Caregivers Month by interviewing C. Grace Whiting, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. Grace talks about challenges caregivers are facing during the …

11. Dr. Jack Guralnik: What You Should Know About Sarcopenia

October 28th, 2020


On today's episode of This is Growing Old, we talk about something that is quite common, but that you might not have ever heard of before: sarcopenia. Joining Alliance for Aging Research President and CEO Sue Peschin on …

10. Dr. William Schaffner: Why Getting Your Flu Shot is More Important Than Ever

October 14th, 2020


William Schaffner, M.D., Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), explains why the flu vaccine is so important this year and answers questions about common questions about COVID-19. 

9. Debbe McCall: Cardiovascular Patient Researcher, Advocate & Speaker

September 30th, 2020


Debbe McCall is a cardiovascular patient researcher, advocate, and speaker. She was also a participant and expert speaker in the Alliance for Aging …

8. Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD

September 16th, 2020


As Chief Medical Officer for WebMD, Dr. John Whyte has been active in providing information to educate people during the COVID-19 pandemic by interviewing public health experts in a special video series for WebMD. In …

7. Beverlye Hyman Fead: Changing How We Think About Aging

September 2nd, 2020


Beverlye Hyman Fead is an author, artist, activist, and inspirational speaker. in 2019, she received the Alliance for Aging Research Perennial Hero …

6. Patty Peterson: Why Patient Advocacy is Important

August 19th, 2020


Patty Peterson, a participant of the Alliance’s Talk NERDY to Me program, reflects on what she learned from the program and the importance of patient advocacy. 

Talk NERDY to Me is seeking advocates to participate in …

5. All of Us: Improving Health Care Through Research

August 5th, 2020


Why is the All of US Research program on a mission to collect and study health data from a million people or more? And how will this data help …

4. Men's Health Network: Healthy Aging for Men and Those Who Love Them

July 22nd, 2020


Why do men have shorter life expectancies than women? And what can men do to improve their health as they age? Ana Tomšić, Vice-President of Men’s Health Network, and Dr. Sal Giorgianni, Senior Science Advisor at Men's …

3. Patient Advocates Jim and Geri Taylor: Living with Alzheimer's Disease

July 8th, 2020


Patient advocates Jim and Geri Taylor talk about their personal experience with Geri’s Alzheimer’s disease and what it’s been like during the pandemic; their work with the Alliance’s Talk NERDY To Me Training, and their …

2. Sandy Markwood: How to Help Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 17th, 2020


The National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has been busy for the past few months helping older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. We …

1. Lance Robertson: COVID-19's Impact On Older Adults

June 3rd, 2020


Sue Peschin talks with Lance Robertson, who serves as both Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administration for Community Living Administrator, about …

Preview: This is Growing Old

May 20th, 2020


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 Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin twice a month as she …

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