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 75: A Long Strange Trip

On their fifth wedding anniversary Jeff Block’s wife Debbie was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, a stage 3 brain cancer which she continues to live with today—15 years after being diagnosed.  In this episode, Jeff talks about managing his wife’s round-the-clock... read more

Episode 74: Last Call

65-year-old George Brandetsas spent four years flying back and forth from his home in northern California to his parent’s house in Florida, tag-teaming with a sister in Rochester who helped coordinate their parents’ care.  In today’s episode, George talks about... read more

Episode 73: Veteran Caregivers: Not Just Women

New York native Andrea Goldstein was an active duty naval officer from 2009-2016, and she’s been a contributor to the military website “Task & Purpose” since 2014.  In today’s episode, Andrea talks about why she joined the Navy, how the military often overlooks... read more

Episode 72: Port In A Storm

When an aging parent falls or needs help of any kind, even the most competent son or daughter can suddenly feel powerless. Meet Candy Cohn, the owner of Yaffa Senior Services. Candy guides people through the maze of senior living and home health options and helps them... read more

Episode 71: Gold Star

Victoria Negri is a member of the millennial generation, but her father was a veteran of World War II and he developed Parkinson’s disease before Vicki turned 20.  In today’s episode, Vicki talks about her new film “Gold Star,” which was inspired by the last years of... read more

Episode 70: The Healing Powers Of Music

Bree Beynon was under the spell of music from a young age.  An only child raised by a single mom, she started singing at age five for the seniors at a nearby nursing home and anyone else who would listen.  So it’s no surprise that she found her way to a career as a... 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.