elder care

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue February 18, 2014

"Knocking On Heaven's Door" By Katy Butler

    Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.

In Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's" By Jeanne Murray Walker

    Award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker tells an extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching tale of her mother's long passage into dementia.

This powerful story explores parental love, profound grief, and the unexpected consolation of memory.

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed May 29, 2013

David Greenberger and A Strong Dog - So Tough

David Greenberger has just released his latest CD, So Tough, recorded with his new band, A Strong Dog (Kevin Maul, Mitch Throop, and Matthew Loiacono). For decades, David has collected stories from elderly people. Rather than portraying them as repositories of wisdom and memory, Greenberger illuminates their full and present humanity. David's monologues are entwined with live music in a show that is emotionally rich, charming, funny and evocative.

The works all draw from David's conversations with the elderly in nursing homes, senior centers and mealsites. Some reflect memory loss or other aspects of cognitive decline, while others simply mirror the process of two people coming to know one another through conversation and listening.

David Greenberger and A Strong Dog will perform at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 31st at 8pm.

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Julia Soto Lebentritt on the lullaby and elder care

WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Julia Soto Lebentritt, an eldercare case manager, bereavement facilitator and therapeutic activities director. Lebentritt, the owner of Spontaneous Care Communications, is the author of a new book called As Long As You Sing, I’ll Dance. She is director of The Lullaby Project.

The Roundtable
2:50 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

A Place for Mom

There are an estimated 45 million Americans serving as caregivers for their aging parents. A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service. We learn more about the organization from Amy Bryant, who works with A Place for Mom in the Albany area, and Joan Lunden – former host of Good Morning America on ABC.