Aging today

Nov 29, 2018

Aging is inevitable. For many of us, reaching our later years means some more aches and pains -- but hey, retirement isn't that bad! Age related diseases, though -- like dementia and Alzheimer's -- can throw a wrench in retirement plans by putting a strain on loved ones and families as they navigate the new norm. But with the latest advances in technology, maybe we can stave off the effects of some of these diseases or live healthier altogether. This time on "Take Care," we explore what it means to age today.

First, details about a new class of drugs known as senolytics could slow or moderately reverse human aging. The idea, our guest tells us, isn't to live longer but to live healthier for longer (a concept referred to as healthspan). Dr. Judith Campisi, of the Buck Institute for Research and Aging, joins us to discuss her research and what it means for aging in a healthy way.

We all deal with transitions in life, but as we get older these transitions can become quite complicated. Where will you live when you retire? Will family members play a major role in your care? What are you able to do financially speaking? Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund and author of "Navigating Your Later Years For Dummies," joins us to talk about the best way to get through this transitional period -- including details on making the switch to Medicare.

The latest in health

Do you have a smart speaker in your home? Turns out, this voice-first technology is backing many of the most independent seniors. We discuss how technology enables our oldest residents to live on their own and get the most complicated (and most simple) tasks done. The chief innovation and technology officer at Front Porch, Kari Olson, joins us with details.

Plus, making Pittsburgh an age-friendly city, one sidewalk at a time, with Laura Poskin, director of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh.

Tune in for these conversations and more on "Take Care," heard Sunday, December 2 at 7 p.m. and Friday, December 7 at 1 p.m.