Episode 2007: When I’m 65 – Change Agents
Boomers are proud that their support for civil rights propelled America into a more color-blind society. Their demand for Women’s Rights in the seventies led to a radically changed workplace in one generation. Gay rights and immigrant rights movements are inspired and energized by Boomer’s support of equal rights. There is a lot to be proud of, but what about the dream vs. the reality? How will the Generation’s devotion to personal freedom play out in their old-age? Will they only fight on age issues, or will they be a change-agent for their children and grandchildren at the expense of their own comforts. Will they wake up to their natures and change the world as they cross the symbolic birthday of 65? Segment Three: Ask Amy 2 (Care for Aging Parents)
Judy Richardson, co-editor of Hands on the Freedom Plow
Lynn Sherr, former ABC News Correspondent, Author
Episode 2008: Pensions in Peril
States and cities around the nation are facing huge budget pressures to keep services running while maintaining promises to pay their employees’ retirement benefits. In some places, the crisis is so acute that serious cuts both in programs and pensions are necessary just to stay solvent. Segment Three: Diabetes App.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia
Elizabeth McNichol, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Ryan Ellis, Americans for Tax Reform
Cristina Martin Firvida, AARP
Episode 2009: Hoarder Disorder
Hoarding is a growing phenomenon that particularly affects older adults. It’s a mental illness manifested behind closed doors but is increasingly getting more public attention. Cities and towns are increasing burden by this public health issue that poses a danger to the hoarder, firefighters and community. Treatment is difficult and there is no cure. We all enjoy having stuff, but when is it too much? Segment Three: Electronic Glasses.
Randy Frost, Smith College, co-author of Stuff
Cynthia Lester, Filmmaker and Director, My Mother's Garden
Elspeth Neiman Bell, Behavior Therapy Cen of Great Wash
Episode 2010: Never Say Die
Is living longer a good thing if you’re not living better? Popular culture has sold boomers the notion that old age can be defied if they exercise and diet. While a healthy life-style can promote good health, it cannot stop the ravages of age and disease. Segment Three: Intro to MIT Age Lab.
Susan Jacoby, Author of Never Say Die
Dr. Muriel Gillick, Harvard Med School
Steve Vernon, Rest of Life Communications
Episode 2011: Sex, Seniors, and STD’s
While there are no definitive figures available, there is no question that sexual activity among older Americans has risen dramatically over the past decade, and with it, a rise in STDs in the same group. The combination of Viagra and internet dating, which both came into vogue around 1998, gave seniors two necessary ingredients for continuing their sex lives: Ability and opportunity. Segment Three: Sue Saunders: living with HIV at 77
Debra Herbenick, Phd Indiana University & Kinsey Ins.
Anupam Jena, MD Harvard Medical School, MA General Hospital
Justin Goforth, Whitman-Walker Clinic
Episode 2012: Boomer Consumers
Youth worship continues to be a marketing mantra, and it rankles people over 55, who feel largely ignored by advertisers except when it comes to products that play into decrepitude… old age as a disease that must be cured. But fortunes have been made by astute manufacturers who have catered to Boomer consumers throughout their lives…with products from the Band-Aid to the mini-van. We will experience the cutting-edge research at MIT’s AgeLab, where age-friendly systems are tested by Dr. Joe Coughlin and his staff. Later, a frank discussion with two Advertising Insiders about whether boomer consumers can expect more …or the same from mainstream advertisers. Segment Three: eHome technology: NTT and MIT collaboration.
Barbara Lippert, former AdWeek Columnist
Tom Burrell, Burrell Communications
Cary Hatch, MDB Communications
Episode 2013: Retirement Breakdown
Millions of boomers are eligible to retire this year but many won’t be able to because they are unprepared or unaware of what they need in the bank in order to retire comfortably. Many lost money in the stock market, others are saving but just not enough, and 34 percent of American workers have saved nothing. Segment Three: Geezer Gallery.
Jack VanDerhei, Employee Benefit Research Institute
Joy Kenefick & Marcia Tillotson – Wells Fargo Advisors