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Ep 94 Geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan Midlife Mixtape

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“Practice a certain acceptance”: Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH and founder of the Better Health While Aging website and podcast, on how adult children can ask better questions and accept suboptimal choices with grace when caring for aging relatives.

Find Dr. Leslie online:

Website: BetterHealthWhileAging.net

Podcast: Better Health While Aging

Book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help

Recommended reads and other resources:



* How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris

* Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

* Geriatrician Dr. Rebecca Sudore’s website, Prepare For Your Care

* Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone et al

* We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers from The Hartford (free download)

* Dementia and Driving: resources from The Hartford (free download)

* Ep 84 Therapist Mazi Robinson – on the importance of giving yourself permission to feel ALL the feelings



A-b-b-bye bye, b-b-b-b-bye

Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 94 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on March 30, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

Dr. Leslie Kernisan 00:00

There’s really this whole other aspect which is how are you going to transition into this change in your relationship?

Nancy Davis Kho 00:09

Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

[THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

Nancy Davis Kho 00:34

Hey, listeners. Before we get into today’s episode, I want to acknowledge that the past few weeks have been particularly hard on people in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. I know from hosting this show how critical it is to listen to diverse stories and voices as a means of building empathy, connection, and understanding. If you follow @midlifemixtape on Instagram, you know that last week I participated in boosting the signal for AAPI writers and musicians in my posts. So just to balance out the three-legged stool, I wanted to take a moment to shout out a few AAPI-hosted podcasts you might also want to check out.

I love “By the Book.” It’s half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment hosted by comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might ...

“Practice a certain acceptance”: Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH and founder of the Better Health While Aging website and podcast, on how adult children can ask better questions and accept suboptimal choices with grace when caring for aging relatives.

Find Dr. Leslie online:

Website: BetterHealthWhileAging.net

Podcast: Better Health While Aging

Book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help

Recommended reads and other resources:



* How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris

* Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

* Geriatrician Dr. Rebecca Sudore’s website, Prepare For Your Care

* Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone et al

* We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers from The Hartford (free download)

* Dementia and Driving: resources from The Hartford (free download)

* Ep 84 Therapist Mazi Robinson – on the importance of giving yourself permission to feel ALL the feelings



A-b-b-bye bye, b-b-b-b-bye

Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 94 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on March 30, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

Dr. Leslie Kernisan 00:00

There’s really this whole other aspect which is how are you going to transition into this change in your relationship?

Nancy Davis Kho 00:09

Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

[THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

Nancy Davis Kho 00:34

Hey, listeners. Before we get into today’s episode, I want to acknowledge that the past few weeks have been particularly hard on people in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. I know from hosting this show how critical it is to listen to diverse stories and voices as a means of building empathy, connection, and understanding. If you follow @midlifemixtape on Instagram, you know that last week I participated in boosting the signal for AAPI writers and musicians in my posts. So just to balance out the three-legged stool, I wanted to take a moment to shout out a few AAPI-hosted podcasts you might also want to check out.

I love “By the Book.” It’s half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment hosted by comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might ...

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