Welcome to Sage Aging!

Liz Craven

Welcome to Sage Aging. A podcast and blog about aging well in today’s world. I’m Liz Craven, and as the publisher of Polk ElderCare Guide, I’ve built my career on empowering seniors and their families to find the best aging solutions possible. Having spent time as a caregiver myself, I have an intimate understanding of the highs and lows of the aging journey, so I started this podcast and blog to help older adults and their families navigate the sometimes confusing maze of information..

What’s in a name?

What exactly is a Sage Ager? A Sage Ager appreciates the gift of every day and every experience. They harness the gifts of a life well lived and pass that wisdom to others in their everyday lives and it’s all about living your best life at any age and any stage. Each week on theS Sage Aging podcast, we will introduce you to a Sage Ager who will offer us some words of wisdom…sage advice (find full transcripts in each corresponding blog post) because experience is always the best teacher. Are you a Sage Ager with wisdom to share? Drop us a line at info@sageaging.us so we can feature you!

What to expect

In the Sage Aging podcast/blog we will introduce you to experts in the field of aging who will provide you with the information you need to make daily life easier. We will also connect you to organizations and resources that will empower you to make the most of each day. Our weekly conversations with industry professionals will leave you feeling confident that you are not alone and empowered to celebrate and enjoy the aging journey. Check back here each week for the latest Sage Aging audio episode and blog post.

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We want feedback from you. This podcast is for YOU, so help us to make it what you want. Do you have topics you’d like us to cover? Are there certain things you just can’t find your way through? Let us know and we will bring the appropriate guests on to get your questions answered. info@sageaging.us

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As I’ve been preparing to launch this podcast I’ve enjoyed revisiting stages of my own life and reflecting on how this topic became such a passion for me. While I’ve built my career on helping older adults and their families connect to needed education and resources, my connection to the aging and care process goes much deeper.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my own multi-generational family living together in one home. I was 4 or 5 when my grandmother moved into our home to help care for my sisters and I while our parents worked. Soon after, her father and grandfather moved in as well. We had 5 generations living under one roof! That was a beautifully chaotic adventure and knowing what I know now, I have so much respect for what my parents and grandmother did.

Fast forward to age 24. Newly married and pregnant with our first child, I spent several months with my in-laws to help care for my husband’s grandmother who had Alzheimer’s. Fast forward again to about 2009 – Wes and I have two teenagers about to head to college and his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Several years later, my mother is diagnosed with cancer. Several years after that Wes’ stepdad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and his father is suffering from severe dementia. You can see where this is going right? For the better part of the last 10 years we have been the caregivers. We see it as an honor and privilege to have been able to do that for our parents.

The key to navigating our later years is being proactive about gathering information before we get there and staying engaged once we do. To be sage is to be wise. There is wisdom in taking the time to ask questions, seek solutions and know your options before the need arises.

Each week we will discuss relevant topics of aging with experts who can help us to understand and be better prepared for aging. We’ll also introduce you to some Sage Agers who are totally owning their journeys through life. No topic will be off limits and we will deliver open and honest conversation meant to educate and empower our listeners. Each episode will also be available in video and blog formats.

Whether you are proactively seeking to broaden your own knowledge, a caregiver for a loved one or a professional working in the aging care industry, this podcast is for you. We hope you will join us as we explore and celebrate Sage Aging.