The Agewyz Podcast ~ Author, speaker, and caregiving guru Jana Panarites presents a weekly interview series with experts in the field of aging and unsung heroes: people caring for a loved one amidst the demands of their own lives. In these lively conversations, ideas are sparked, information shared, and stories told–of setbacks, triumphs and unwavering courage. Jana believes that by sharing positive stories and having frank conversations about aging—a subject often framed in negative terms or ignored altogether—we can draw attention to the capacity of individuals to face life with vigor and shed light on the magnitude of the issues facing our rapidly aging nation.  


Episode 114 – “Not Just A Family Issue” – As an elected official in Southern California, Hector De La Torre expanded access to doctors in underserved communities and he helped protect consumers from retroactive cancellation of their health insurance. Now Executive Director of the Transamerica Center For Health Studies, Hector joins us to share some startling findings from the Center’s just-released survey, “The Many Faces of Caregivers: A Close-Up Look at Caregiving and Its Impact.”  He offers his perspective on why there’s such a big disconnect between public officials and caregivers who are desperate for resources to support their work, he explains how caregiving hurts the economy and what he’d like listeners and policymakers to take away from the Center’s survey of over 3,000 non-professional caregivers.  Hector also shares how he juggled his work as an elected official with caring for his father, a job that fell to him as the sibling who lived closest to his dad.


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