Joan Lunden (yes THAT Joan Lunden!) Talks Aging_093

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden is a well-known, influential public figure and author. I talk with her today about her family caregiver experience, as well as her newest book Why Did I Come Into This Room? an honest look into what it’s like to be an aging woman.

Listen today to hear:

  • Why Joan is the national spokesperson for A Place for Mom
  • How to start a conversation with your parents
  • What’s the secret of life? (According to Joan’s mom)
  • Why you should write your own eulogy and obituary
  • Why we need to talk candidly about changes associated with aging

Find out more about Joan Lunden find her other books, and follow her on social media Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Mike Eidsaune, CEO/Founder

Do you have a loved one in an assisted living or long-term care facility? If you do, you need to listen to this episode. Mike Eidsaune, founder and CEO of, tells about this communication tool.

Find out:

  • What is
  • Who it is for
  • How it can be used to improve communication
  • Why it is beneficial to not only families, but professional caregivers

Links to Resources:


Brookdale Senior Living Communities

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Anatomical Donation with Mark Zavoyna_091

Many of us have talked about end of life wishes. I’m willing to bet though, that many have never considered anatomical donation as an option.

Mark Zavoyna is the Operations Manager of the Anatomical Donor Program at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Listen and learn today:

  • What is anatomical donation
  • Who can donate?
  • Who cannot donate?
  • Why you would donate
  • Associated costs

Need more information?

Do an internet search state of Florida anatomy board–they have a comprehensive list of US donor sites, contact a nearby medical school’s department of medicine (anatomy), or email Mark

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The Conversation Project with Kate DeBartolo_090

Kate DeBartolo

How do you want to live? The goal of The Conversation Project is to get people talking about this. And they are using the non-medical community to get these conversations started. The focus is on values, not medical terminology.

Kate DeBartolo, who oversees the Conversation Project, shares her expertise with us about having end of life conversations. Find out more on today’s episode:

  • The effects of end of life conversations on depression rates
  • Who should have these conversations
  • When they should have them
  • What is it about dying home that is important to people
  • What role does a loved one play as a proxy or healthcare advocate

find out what resources are available here:

The Conversation Project Find them on Facebook , Twitter, YouTube

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Aimee Gindin, Journalist, Daughter, Family Caregiver_089

A daughter’s plea: Doctors must stop shirking palliative care. No beating around the bush there. A great article about Aimee’s experience as a family caregiver for her Dad.

Aimee Gindin

Aimee shares her experience today as well as suggestions for making things better for all. Listen and learn about:

  • Barriers to Palliative Care
  • Goals of Care Conversations
  • Five Wishes
  • Why adult medicine should be practiced like pediatrics

Follow Aimee on Twitter and find her soon at

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