Past Episodes

After losing it all, one woman’s re-invention at age 60

The writer Meredith Maran found at age 60 that the future she envisioned for her life turned out to be a dream, not a plan. Bit by bit, she reconstructed her broken existence, a story of resilience she chronicles in her new book, The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention.

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Pictureless “movies for the mind” stimulate memory for elders and students alike

When he first mixed together a series of sound effects into an “audio movie,” David Tobin wasn’t intending to create a tool to help seniors and their caregivers.

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Dispatch from assisted living

I share this letter in the spirit of helping us all understand the immeasurable emotions we face as we confront loss and aging… from the perspective of one articulate woman whom I’m honored to have as a friend.

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“You’re in a play, every day of your life:” An 85-year old legend reflects on life and art

The legendary dancer Carmen de Lavallade embodies the word gracefully. She’s 85, which seems unfathomable as she practically glides into the room with the spectacular posture and gleaming skin of someone far younger. Is her endurance attributable to good genes, a lifetime of movement, of adulation and success, of an enduring love with a magnificent husband of sixty years, Geoffrey Holder?

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Meet the students who happily live, eat and Zumba with retirees in this unique community

Students of gerontology live and play among the retirees at a community in Hollywood as part of a unique intergenerational program that’s been around for 30 years.

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Why study aging in college? Why not?

You might think the last subject on the mind of a twenty-year old college student would be the challenges facing older women in society. Not so those enrolled in Caroline Cicero’s class at USC, Gero 435: Women and Aging. The reasons young people study gerontology are as varied as people themselves

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She tabled fears of growing old and became an advocate against ageism

Ashton Applewhite is to the fight against ageism what Betty Friedan was to feminism: A passionate advocate for ending what she calls our last socially acceptable form of discrimination.

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The hallmark of aging? Heterogeneity, says this geriatrician

Even as a child, Dr. Mosqueda said, she was drawn to older people. She found them engaging, and she was fascinated by the neurology of aging.

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A yoga teacher-and grandmother-on how not to grow old

You don’t have to be a yogi, or even interested in the practice at all, to be inspired by the story of Marlene Weiss.

For the last 25 years, she’s taught yoga at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. She didn’t start practicing yoga, much less teaching it, until the second half of her life, after raising two children.

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The gardens of Angelus Plaza

Just across the street from the hippest, hipster-ist market in all of Los Angeles sit four hulking concrete buildings that serve as home to over a thousand elderly people–the largest low-income senior housing project in the nation. Demand for garden plots is almost as high as interest in the apartments.

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Body image after 50: Why these two women agreed to disrobe publicly

Would you take your clothing off on stage in a crowded theater? At 57, LizAnne Keigley can’t quite believe she’s voluntarily agreed to disrobe publicly: “What the hell was I thinking, really?” Her decision has to do with a major transformation she’s undergone that callenges conventional perceptions of aging.

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The Sun’s Sy Safransky on aging gratefully

“I guess to live life more gracefully maybe has less to do with notions about age than it has to do with a basic orientation toward what it means to be alive.”

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What we mean by “gracefully”

No matter our numerical age, we share something in common: We are all getting older. No one aims to grow old ungracefully; there are factors that are certainly out of our control; but we’ve learned by watching people who navigate the process of aging better than others how to live our best lives.

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Elderly, gay, single…yet not alone

Jim Crowley remembers the old days, a time long ago, when he married a woman and had a family to conceal the fact that he was gay. A time when, as a schoolteacher, he feared that people would learn his sexuality because of the inevitable discrimination that might follow. There was no such acronym as “LGBTQ.” The word “gay” was a catch-all for anyone who wasn’t heterosexual, and most of all, it was a word whispered quietly.

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Are you “too old” to find work?

Are you on the “wrong side of 40,” as writer Lydia DePillis describes it in her piece in this week’s Washington Post story on ageism in the workplace?  Are you a “closeted old person,” as one person profiled describes herself?  In your quest for work, have…

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“Bestie row,” a new, communal twist on the old age home

Jodi Zipp and her friends had a collective fantasy: To continue the meals and laughter they loved sharing together well into their old age.

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Decluttering a lifetime of stuff

Is this part of your children’s inheritance?

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Aging as art, or, lenses in search of wrinkles

Attractive images of older people can be hard to find in our youth-obsessed culture. The Council on Aging in Orange County decided to change that.

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