Caregiving expert Jana Panarites engages with professionals in the field of aging and unsung heroes: people caring for family members, friends and relatives amid the demands of their own lives.  Use our search feature at the top of this page to find episodes where guests talk about issues of specific interest to you. Tune in for tips, useful links and entertaining stories of unwavering courage from the field.  Laugh, cry, share and know you’re not alone.

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Episode 65: Ann Brenoff – Life, Upended

Huffington Post Senior Writer Ann Brenoff writes about caregiving from the perspective of her own hard-earned truths. In today’s episode she describes her harrowing experience of going from having a full, active life with her husband to seeing him leveled by acute... read more

Episode 64: Billie Jordan – Going Out Dancing

Billie Jordan survived a major earthquake in New Zealand but was so traumatized from seeing people die in front of her, she fled to tiny Waiheke Island where she bonded instantly with the senior citizens: death was on their minds, just as it was on hers.  She figured... read more

Episode 63: Explaining Dementia To Children

Author and illustrator Kathryn Harrison created her picture book “Weeds in Nana’s Garden” to help children who have family members with dementia understand and be aware of the disease.  Kathryn created the book after her mother was diagnosed with Frontotemporal... read more

Episode 62: Designing For Dignity

Designer, researcher and professor Glen Hougan created a program at NSCAD University that puts an emphasis on designing products for seniors.  In today’s show he talks about how he’s helping his students understand some of the physical limitations we all face as we... read more

The A-Word (July 2, 2015)

What exactly is Alzheimer’s disease and how does it differ from other forms of dementia?  Do medications used to treat Alzheimer’s really work?  Dr. Constantine G. Lyketsos joins us from Johns Hopkins University to explain it all in terms everyone can understand.  An... read more

Episode 61: Fighting For Life

In a span of five years Valerie Bourdain lost her daughter to adrenal cancer, her mother to lung cancer and her father to leukemia.  Her husband left the marriage midway through their daughter’s cancer journey.  Valerie forged ahead as the sole caregiver for all three... read more


Scattered sheds a much-needed light on the plight of baby boomers everywhere, eager to thrive in their own lives but put to the test by aging parents–and often unprepared for what lays ahead.

A searingly honest, poignant, and interesting account of a professional woman turned care partner to her mother who was living with dementia.

– Cathie Borrie, Author of The Long Hello: Memory, My Mother, and Me


Author and caregiving expert Jana Panarites was born in Washington, DC. Her memoir, SCATTERED: MY YEAR AS AN ACCIDENTAL CAREGIVER, recounts her experience of rebuilding two lives at once, her mother’s and her own, following her father’s sudden death. A story of optimism and perseverance, it will be familiar to a generation of baby boomers, thrust without warning into reverse parenting amid the demands of their own lives.

In December 2014 Jana founded Agewyz Media Group, LLC to raise awareness in the media about the plight of caregivers in the US and to promote healthy aging across the generations. Through her book, her weekly podcast series and in-person conversations, she aims to inspire individuals, help them feel less isolated, and provide them with tools and resources to make every moment in life count, at every age and even under the most difficult of circumstances.