They call it the golden years, but there’s a reason many of us dread old age — it can mean losing our health, our independence, our memories, and loved ones.
But getting old doesn’t mean what it used to. Thanks to advancements in tech and medicine, seniors have more options than ever when it comes to maintaining their health and quality of life. On this episode — how we want to age, and what gets in the way.
Also heard on this week’s episode:
Reporter Esther Honig documents her father’s cognitive decline.
Geriatric nurse practitioner Barbara Resnick from the University of Maryland explains why aging bodies are like old cars — parts break down, but a little TLC can keep them running for the long haul.
Endocrinologist Farah Khan on why it’s important to pay attention to bone health before it’s too late.
Sharon Wade from St. Louis talks about caring for her mother, who has dementia.
We hear about sex and intimacy at an assisted living facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
Listen to the full 48 minute show at https://whyy.org/episodes/feeling-your-age/