Talking about Alzheimer’s, aging and the spaces in between them….

A few recent interviews with me are up & about the air and cyber waves...

Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn spoke with me. The show, “Balancing Old Age with Happiness,” an hour long interview and conversation with callers about the dilemma’s older Americans find themselves in, is another follow up on my New York Times essay “Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry,” that reflected on how our ethic and culture are turning aging into an actuarial problem and neglecting the need to focus on pleasure and health care more than medical care.

PBS’s Second Opinion has a provocative interview with me; University of Rochester researcher Mark Mapstone, PhD; and Joanne Mee DeHond, whose mother died of Alzheimer’s.  Dr. Mapstone is one of the authors of the much publicized, and also much misunderstood, study of “the blood test for Alzheimers.” Host, Peter Salgo, MD, asks us to consider a case of Joanne's mother, a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease too late, and then to reflect on the future of a diagnosis that might come, perhaps, too early. I call it the Alzheimer’s disease Goldilocks Problem. A few months ago, I spoke with NPR's Science Desk Correspondent Jon Hamilton about this test. It's not yet ready for clinical practice but it is a great entre into thinking about Alzheimer's disease's future in desktop medicine.

Just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday, NBC’s Linda Carroll spoke to me about how an adult child should manage “the holiday surprise.” No, not a gift or a reunion with a distant relative or old friend, but returning home for the traditional meal to be served by an aging parent who can’t remember how to cook the meal.

Philadelphia’s WHYY’s “The Pulse” – Maiken Scott’s ultra-fascinating show “Stories at the Heart of Health, Science and Innovation” – has a piece on aging and how it’s not simply a biological absolute but an experience filtered through our ethics and culture. "How old is too old? Two ethicists debate quality of life as we age" is another follow up on my essay “Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry.” Joining me for a conversational brawl is Zeke Emanuel, my colleague at Penn who is counting the months to his 75th birthday.