Caregiving expert Jana Panarites engages with professionals in the field of aging and unsung heroes: people caring for a loved one 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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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

Episode 59: Aging Matters

Pittsburgh native Sue Peschin spent a lot of time around older adults as a youngster, so it’s no surprise that she chose to advocate for older Americans in her career.  Now President and CEO of the Alliance For Aging Research, Sue talks about the elders in her family... read more

Episode 58: The Person I Am In My Head

Fine artist Tony Luciani began taking photos of his 93-year-old mother Elia after she moved in with him in 2014. Primarily a painter, Tony initiated the photography project as a way to engage with his mother, who has dementia, and to create a keepsake for himself.  To... read more

Episode 57: Greek-Style

When her father was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma—a type of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—Callie was thrust into long-distance caregiving complicated by her parents’ old-world mentality.  Born in Greece, her parents now live in California and Callie lives in Virginia.... 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.