The Art of Aging Podcast

A Transformative Podcast

The Art of Aging Podcast is sponsored by the Parker Center and produced by a fellow with The Dayton Foundation Encore Fellows Initiative, which provides fellowship opportunities for older adults. This podcast offers ideas, information and inspiration on how to improve our lives as we grow older.

Podcast Episodes

Episode 16: Bonus Episode: Producer of “A Life’s Story” Podcast
Leslie Gold, an accomplished radio host and producer, shares some of the stories behind the subjects of her new podcast, A Life’s Story. Her subjects are all over 85, some over 100. The stories push back on ageist myths and stereotypes, inspiring us to see aging in new ways.

Episode 15: Aging Hero – David Rough Hikes the Appalachian Trail at 64
What happens when a 64 year old man decides to hike more than 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail?  In this episode, we meet David Rough who was inspired to take on this challenge as a way to raise money for Dayton Christian Schools.  Take this journey with David and find out what he learned about himself, and what he wants others to know about setting ambitious goals as we age.

Episode 14: Aging Hero – Rev. Bobbie McKay 
In this episode, Bobbie McKay speaks to her call to ministry during the 1960s when it was rare for a woman to be ordained in the Methodist Church. She went on to have a career that included pastoral counseling, starting an experimental church and pursuing a major research study on “God Experiences” that she partnered with George Gallup to complete.  In this episode, our co-host Rev. Beth Long-Higgins invited her own pastor, Rev. Beth Gedert to discuss their backgrounds as pastors, in light of three generations of female clergy.

Episode 13: Susan McFadden, author of Dementia Friendly Communities: Why We Need Them and How We Can Create Them and co-founder of Memory Camp.
In this episode, Susan shares her years of research in how communities in England and the U.S. have made life more manageable for persons with dementia, and their caregivers.  She shares many stories about strategies that work, how better to cope with this diagnosis, and how her community in Fox Valley, Wisconsin has adapted to better serve the needs of persons with dementia.  We also hear from her husband John, about how they have pioneered a concept they call, Memory Camp.

Episode 12: Dr. Stacie Levine, the University of Chicago Medical Center, June 16, 2021

Palliative care is a team approach to supporting patients with serious illness.  In this episode, we meet Dr. Stacie Levine, who is the founder of the palliative care program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  Dr. Levine explains the importance of palliative care in helping patients and their families cope with the the symptoms and emotional impact of serious or terminal illness.

Episode 11: Dr. Robert Applebaum, Director of the Long Term Care Research Project, May 4, 2021

How likely is it that you will need long-term care in your future? What are the factors that you need to take into consideration? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Robert Applebaum, Director of the Long Term Care Research Project at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. Dr. Applebaum talks about how long-term care has changed, what the options are and what you’ll need to consider when covering costs.

Episode 10: Kate Munger, founder of the Threshold Choir movement, April 4, 2021

In this episode, we learn about the Threshold Choir movement. Threshold Choirs help people during the transition between life and death, or during severe illness. We will meet Kate Munger, the founder of the Threshold Choir movement and hear from two women who are veteran choir members.

Episode 9: Elizabeth Lokon, founder of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), March 4, 2021

In this episode, we meet Elizabeth Lokon, founder of Opening Minds Through Art (OMA). OMA, which is based at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio, provides a research based arts program for people with dementia. This intergenerational program is being used in over 200 facilities across the U.S. and Canada.

In our second segment, we will visit the memory neighborhood at Trinity Community at Beavercreek, and hear about how OMA has impacted their residents. Amy Kotterman, Director of Customer Experience for United Church Homes, tells the story.

Finally, we hear the story of Jenny Haack, an artist who did art with a person with dementia who was still at home.

Episode 8: Dr. John Fleming, founder of African American History Museums, February 4, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, we hear the story of Dr. John Fleming, who grew up during the 1960’s civil rights era, protesting at lunch counters and marching from Selma to Montgomery.

Episode 7: Coping with Memory Loss, January 21, 2021

In this episode we meet Rev. Scott and Rev. Karen Griswold. Scott talks about his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and the steps he and his wife Karen have taken to understand and prepare for his future.

Episode 6: Technology Tools that Improve Life as We Age, December 6, 2020

In this episode, we look at a number of technologies that can significantly improve our lives.

Episode 5 — Facing Assisted Care as an LGBT Person, November 3, 2020

Stu Maddux produced the film “Gen Silent” ten years ago, about the unique fears many older LGBT people have, about entering an assisted care facility. In this episode, Stu reflects on the making of the film.

Episode 4 — Aging Hero Al Schleuter, October 14, 2020

In this episode, we share the remarkable life story of Al Schleuter — a man who was born in Ferguson, MO, in 1940. Al never met an African American until he was an adult, but he went on to devote his life to racial and economic justice.

Episode 3 — The Benefit of Intergenerational Relationships, September 24, 2020

In this episode, we explore various ways people benefit from intergenerational relationships, including a church congregation that has successfully drawn parishioners of all ages, an adult day care that works with an early childhood day care, a retired man who mentors an 18-year-old boy and a retired woman who volunteers for a “Homework Helper” program at her local library.

Episode 2 — Age-Friendly Communities, July 3, 2020

In this episode, we will be talking to Katie White, director of Age-Friendly Columbus about the first four years of their efforts to establish Columbus, Ohio as an “Age-Friendly Community.”

Episode 1 — How The Village Network Is Helping People Age in Community, June 11, 2020

The Village Network, that started in Beacon Hill, Boston, has spread worldwide. A village is a neighborhood community organized around providing support for older citizens’ needs. Village members live in their homes an average of two years longer than non-members. Columbus, Ohio, has four villages and is in the process of building villages citywide.