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Aging Well

Broadcast: May 12, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

These days, a lot of feminism is framed around young women rebelling against their mothers’ values. But that wasn’t always the case.

Part 1: Corinne Field says that in the 19th century, the most public and active feminists were over 50. She explains how their age helped lead the movement in earlier times and when things changed.

Also in the program: Most people think about aging in terms of physical health, but Matthew Fullen is focused on mental and emotional health in old age, as well. Fullen’s research suggests wellness coaches for older adults can help them navigate their later years.

And later in the show: Caring for an aging spouse with dementia is difficult for anyone. But generally speaking, men and women take different approaches to their caregiving. Building off of her earlier research with heterosexual couples, Toni Calasanti is exploring how not just gender identity, but sexual orientation affect the way older partners care for their loved ones.

Plus: When’s the best age to start drawing social security? Barry Cobb and Jeff Smith share their advice for calculating how to pay for your retirement.