Wrinkle Radio
with Dr. Sally Chivers
Don't panic! It's just aging. At Wrinkle Radio, the stories we tell about aging matter. We don't fight aging, but we do fight the forces that make aging worse for some people than for others. We fight the forces that tell us that we need to grow old in a certain way. We fight the forces that tell us we have to fear aging. Join host Sally Chivers as we learn and celebrate along the way.

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Boomers who Rock

Sixty years ago, The Beatles played to screaming throngs on the Ed Sullivan show. Their youthful optimism offered a new blueprint for the future to Boomer kids crowded around their television sets. Since then, Professor Stephen Katz, sociologist and…

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Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

Organic gardening, vegan diets, natural childbirth, the peace movement … OK, boomers, you’d never know it from meme-land, but we have a lot to thank you for. How has the first generation to grow up with rock music as their cultural heartbeat changed…

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Dignity and Joy

Joy is possible, even more likely, as we age. But can joy really be a cultivated in nursing home life and work? Why should we take care home joy seriously? In this episode, Professor Susan Braedley explains how the conditions of dignity are the…

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The Future of Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are fast becoming the haunted houses of our era. But Professor Susan Braedley sees the potential for nursing homes to be vital public services where people want to live, work, and even play. She talks to host Sally Chivers about how the…

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Information Piles and Palaces

Someone you love is diagnosed with dementia. Or you are. Do you know where to get good information? Do you know who to ask?

Host Professor Sally Chivers sits down with Professor Nicole Dalmer to get some answers. Find out why Sally renewed her lapsed…

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Sex, Tech, and Aging, Mostly Tech

When you think of tech for older adults, what comes to mind? What you just pictured says as much about the world you live in and attitudes towards aging as it does about how technology might create better lives for all of us living in an aging world….

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Sex, Tech, and the Meaning of Aging, mostly sex

Would you rather have the sex you had when you were 18, or still enjoy sex at 80? How did Viagra change the meaning of aging? Learn about andropause, clitoral insufficiency syndrome, and other maladies made up to market pills and make people feel bad…

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Aging for Mortals

What if we started from the knowledge that, no matter what, we will die? And that if we’re lucky, we’ll grow old first? How would that change how we live? How would that change our politics?

Professor Albert Banerjee shares what he’s learned from…

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Putting Age in its Place

Where do you want to live as you grow older? That’s a question for you, whether you’re 9 or 99. In this episode, we put aging in place, with the help of literature and the imagination.

Host Sally Chivers and guest Ulla Kriebernegg talk about nursing…

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Age Panic

What scares you about aging? We can’t fight the forces that make us fear aging until we take a closer look at what they are. In this episode, age panic and what we can start to do about it.

Host Sally Chivers and guest Andrea Charise talk about…

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Host

Dr. Sally Chivers

Professor, Gender & Social Justice and English, Trent University, Ontario

Sally Chivers is Full Professor of Gender & Social Justice and English as well as a Founding Executive Member and Past Director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. She was honoured with the 2021 Distinguished Research Award in recognition of her prolific scholarship and international reputation as a leader in the interdisciplinary fields of age and disability studies, health humanities, and cultural gerontology. Her research focuses on the hidden or ignored contributions of older adults and people with disabilities, especially those who too often get pushed outside the frame. Specifically, she studies the cultural politics of aging and disability, especially within film