Senior Talk Podcasts

Senior Talk with Carol Higgins Taylor is a weekly half- hour program designed with seniors in mind. Senior Talk covers subjects that relate to the lives of seniors and caregivers. Senior Talk’s goal is to bring people information that is important to them – programs, services, agencies – anything that can improve their quality of life.



Senior Talk Podcast

Funerals and COVID-19

COVID has changed the way we conduct ourselves in our everyday lives including how we handle the death of a loved one. Jim Fernald,

Robotic Surgery

Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center is now home to the largest surgical robotic program in Maine. This means there is less pain,

Home Health Care and COVID-19

Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the senior population in Maine and offers advice on how to get


Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has a vast array of volunteer opportunities. There are numerous benefits to becoming a volunteer. Learn more with

Update on Census

Census counting is almost finished but it is critical that people who still have not been counted to visit the website or to

Social Security turns 85 years old

Social Security has been providing financial support to seniors for 85 years. Hear where SS stands today and what AARP is suggesting it’s members

Well Water and Arsenic

Residents of Maine and New Hampshire rely heavily on private wells for their drinking water, but how safe is that water? Few have their

Eat less to live longer. Maybe.

Dietary restriction and intermittent fasting have been demonstrated to prolong lifespan and delay the onset of age-related degenerative diseases in model animals. Learn more


Caregiving can be doing a few tasks for an aging or ill loved one or it can be all encompassing if the person requires


About 750,000 people have a stroke in the United States each year. But, stroke is one medical event that can be prevented. Learn how

Coronavirus and mental health 

These are crazy times. With so much terrifying information about coronavirus, it is easy to have anxiety or depression. This show will give you


There is never a shortage of scams and the current pandemic is not exception. Scammers are out there taking advantage of the public’s fears.

Importance of 2020 Census

The Census count affects your representation in government and determines how much funding your community receives. It is almost time to be counted. It

Proposed Changes in SSI

Changes are proposed to Social Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance that would require Continuing Disability Reviews to occur more often which would

Saving for Retirement

AARP discusses LD 594 which proposes a statewide program that gives Mainers the ability to save for retirement through their paychecks when their employers

I Care Pharmacy – Meds By Mail

I Care Pharmacy is a Maine owned and operated company that has been providing people with their prescription via mail since 2007. Learn the

Falls Prevention

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in the emergency room for a fall-related injury. Many people think falls are a normal part

AARP Driver Safety Course

Available online, the Driver Safety-Smart Driver course covers safe driving strategies, effects of medication on driving, and how to navigate the changing highway environment.

Alzheimer’s disease – Part 2

We will briefly list the 10 warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease and discuss when to see a doctor, what to expect at that appointment,

Home Healthcare

Home healthcare offers a multitude of services. From chronic care management to telehealth monitoring, have a home healthcare agency can increase independence and well-being.


Caregiving can be doing a few tasks for an aging or ill loved one or it can be all encompassing if the person required

Seniors and Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease but with a little work and the help of a Certified Diabetes Educator it can usually be managed. Carbs

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is not just for rehabilitation of an injury or a joint replacement. Working with a physical therapist can help prevent falls by


LiveSAFE is an emergency response system which is part of Northern Light Health. One press of the button and you are connected within seconds

Bone Builders

It is important for seniors to maintain or increase muscle mass to aid with balance and strength. Bone Builders is a program of RSVP

Home buyers free guide

This new free guide from the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection offers warning about scams such as Robocalls offering refinancing, Recorded deeds Scams,

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a team approach that supports the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of a serious illness. It provides people who are living

Kidney Disease

One of the major risk factors for kidney disease is diabetes. Others include heart disease and high blood pressure. Hermann Haller, MDI Biological Laboratory

Prescription Drug Legislation

AARP is launching a campaign, Stop Rx Greed, to lower prescription prices. The campaign is designed to convenience federal and state lawmakers to curb

Romance Scams

There are more and more people meeting online so scams related to online relationships are also on the rise. The FBI reports that reports

Prescription Drug Legislation

Prescription drug costs are out of control and forcing some seniors to make dangerous decisions. Currently there are three bills in the pipeline that

The Latest from AARP

Amy Gallant, Advocacy Director with AARP Maine discusses their 2019 Legislative Agenda, Tuesdays at the State House for volunteers and how anyone can be

Well Water Dangers

Residents of Maine and New Hampshire rely heavily on private wells for their drinking water, but few have their wells tested and some standard

Hospice Explained

There are many myths surrounding hospice. This show will look at what hospice is, what it isn’t and what it can do for individuals

Grief and the holidays

Grief is difficult any time of year but the holidays can be especially stressful when dealing with loss. But there are things you can

Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages can give seniors extra income but there are many misconceptions surrounding them. Learn how they work and if a reverse mortgage is

Dementia and safety

Living with someone who has dementia can be a challenge, especially if they wander. Keeping them safe is the main concern. Holden Police Chief

Protection from Identity Theft   

There is no shortage of scammers and they are getting smarter every day. David Leach, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection discusses ways to

Seniors and Oral Health

Numerous studies show a link between oral health and overall health. Especially for older adults, it is important to know the right things to

A Risky Mix – Seniors and Alcohol

Alcohol use impacts a growing percentage of the older adult population. It is important to understand the risks of drinking, how alcohol effects an

AARP Mid-Term Election Survey Results

Lori Parham, state director of AARP Maine, discusses the 2018 Survey Insights from Maine’s Voters Age 50-plus, conducted in August. The survey collected the

Heart Valve Replacement

EMMC structural Heart Center announces that a new, more minimally invasive procedure is available at EMMC. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is a procedure

Senior College

Senior College is a program where people 50 and older can learn just for the fun of it. There are about 16 senior college

MaineCare Expansion

In November 2017, Maine voters passed a law requiring the state to expand Medicaid, MaineCare in ME, under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly, 70,000

2019 Medicare and You Book

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the draft of the annual Medicare and You book for review in advance of mailing a

When someone dies…

When a loved one passes away, it is extremely stressful. There are many arrangements that need to be made, at a time when emotions

Common Conditions as We Age

There are certain conditions that can come with aging. Elizabeth Dragatsi, pharmacist, discusses some of them, including restless leg syndrome, painful leg cramps, sleep

Seniors and sleep

Sleep quality is an important component in pain management, weight gain, blood pressure stability, and more. Seniors often have trouble getting quality sleep for

Overview of a stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US. A stroke is a brain attack and can happen to anyone at any

Regeneration of human tissue

For decades, scientists have been defeated in their attempts to find a treatment that effectively reverses the life-threatening damage caused by heart attacks. MDI

Controlling aging and degenerative disease

MDI Biological Laboratory is pioneering new approaches to regenerative medicine focused on developing drugs that slow age-related degenerative diseases and activate our natural ability

12th Annual Senior Expo

Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Senior Expo is May 17, 10:00 to 2:30 at Husson University. There are more than 70 vendors, screenings and

Anemia and Seniors

People who have anemia have a decreased in the normal level of red blood cells in their bodies. These red blood cells are vital

MEMA Maine Preparedness Conference

The 10th Annual Conference will have more than 40 individual workshops and meetings over two days in April. The workshops offer everything from learning

Science and Aging

Dr. Aric Rogers, MDI Biological Laboratory, is working to identify therapies to extend lifespan in humans. Scientists are finding that pathways that control aging,

Peripheral Neuropathy

Dr. Sandra Rieger, MDI Biological Laboratory, has identified two drugs that could potentially be used to reverse peripheral nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, caused

Foster Grandparent

The Foster Grandparent program is operated by Penquis. Volunteers 55 and older spend time in schools tutoring and assisting children in essential skills such

Get moving as you age

Val Sauda, RN, has worked in the aging industry for years. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Husson University and an expert

When should you collect SS?

The earlier you file for Social Security, the lower your monthly payment for the rest of your life. The longer you wait to file