The Shape of Care

The Shape of Care
The Shape of Care is a podcast that explores the world of caregiving. In this series, we hear stories from caregivers and the people they care for, and from experts and activists. There are so many of us doing this work, but we’re not talking to each other. We’re just trying to keep it together. This podcast is a platform for that conversation. Hopefully, one that helps people feel less alone.

Q&A with Karen Wasserman, Elder Care Expert
Nov 26, 2019 • 24 min
This is our final episode for Season 1! In this episode, elder care expert, Karen Wasserman, responds to listeners’ questions and concerns.
Homophobia in elder care
Nov 19, 2019 • 19 min
This episode explores homophobia in elder care, featuring the LGBT Aging Project founder, Dale Mitchell. We also meet Rebekah Levitt, Executive Director of Rogerson House, who brought LGBT sensitivity training to her staff. And we hear from Laura Barr,…
Alzheimer’s Disease: How to cope when it gets sadder
Nov 14, 2019 • 11 min
Laura Barr makes another big decision – to move her wife, Jean, out of Rogerson House and into a skilled nursing facility. This is emotionally hard, but she finds creative ways to cope.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Holding onto joy
Nov 12, 2019 • 15 min
Laura Barr talks with humor and openness about caring for her wife, Jean, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, from when Jean was diagnosed to when she moved into a dementia facility. We also meet Dr. Adam Burrows, who runs an innovative program designed to…
Linking quality care jobs and quality of care
Nov 5, 2019 • 15 min
Rick Surpin, founder of Cooperative Home Care Associates, talks about some disturbing early experiences that drive his passion for supporting person-centered care. And he describes why it’s so important that care workers are paid well and respected on the…
Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta: Reimagining Caregiving Policies
Oct 29, 2019 • 23 min
Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta, call for a comprehensive caregiving policy in the U.S. Ai-jen is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she and Sarita co-direct Caring Across Generations.
When your romantic partner has Parkinson’s Disease
Oct 22, 2019 • 21 min
Laurie Sheridan speaks candidly with warmth and humor, as she describes what it’s like caring 24/7 for her husband, Ira, who has Parkinson’s Disease.
Trailer: Introducing The Shape of Care
Sep 25, 2019 • 2 min
The Shape of Care explores the world of caregiving. In this series, we look at who does the caregiving in the U.S. and why it’s so important.