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.

Government and Employers: Key partners in supporting caregivers
Jun 9 • 17 min
In this episode, we talk with Robin Lipson, the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Robin discusses some of the programs and policies for caregivers that her office manages. She notes the challenges that caregivers…
Following a public scandal in nursing homes in Quebec, Canada, some good news for caregivers…
May 26 • 13 min
In this episode, we interview Donna Thomson, Canadian author, educator and advocate for family caregivers. She talks about a public scandal in nursing homes in Québec, Canada. And how government intervention resulted in some very positive changes for…
Physical therapy with elders: What’s it look like in a pandemic?
May 18 • 14 min
In this episode, we interview Meg Flaherty-Griffith, a visiting geriatric physical therapist who does home visits with elders. What does it mean to provide high touch care during a pandemic? How has Meg’s “job description” expanded to include simple tasks…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Roberta Rosenberg
May 10 • 12 min
In this episode, Roberta Rosenberg speaks openly about the traumatic accident her son experienced 2 1/2 years ago and his successful healing journey, with support from his family. And how, more recently, she has taken her mother out of a senior living…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Taura Taylor
May 4 • 16 min
In this episode, we welcome sociologist Taura Taylor, a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University who teaches about race and resilience. Over the years, Taura has played a caregiver role to a number of family members, and three years ago, her mother…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with elder care expert, Karen Wasserman
Apr 26 • 13 min
Elder care expert, Karen Wasserman, shares both tragic and uplifting stories based on her work with elders and their families during this difficult time. In sharing how her Boston-based agency helps elders and their families, she provides a powerful…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Laurie Sheridan
Apr 20 • 11 min
In this episode, Laurie Sheridan returns to the podcast to talk about the death of her husband, Ira, who had Parkinson’s Disease. Sadly, Ira died - two months before the pandemic hit. Find out how Laurie is coping with the loss, where she’s finding joy,…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: a Global Perspective
Apr 13 • 7 min
What can we learn from global perspectives about the impact of the pandemic on care workers and caregivers? For one thing, the universality of what we’re all going through. But there’s more. In this episode, we welcome four researchers who share their…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Maria Colville
Apr 7 • 10 min
This episode features an interview with Marie Colville, a professional home care worker who has been doing this work for 30 years. You’ll hear Maria talk about the childhood experiences that inspired her to do this work. And prepare to be inspired by her…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: An interview with Rick Surpin
Mar 30 • 9 min
How are home care workers doing during this pandemic? As front-line workers, the nature of their work is hands-on and up close. These workers face major issues about staying protected and safe. And what about the people they’re caring for? How are…
Caregiving in the Time of Corona: Interview with Laura Barr
Mar 21 • 10 min
How are caregivers coping during this global health crisis? The Shape of Care podcast is releasing a series of interviews with people who are caring for a loved one right now. In this episode, Mindy brings back a guest from Season 1 - Laura Barr - whose…
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.