1. The Joys of Intergenerational Friendships with Shannon Jarrott, Ph.D. Jane Leder 24:30

Shannon Jarrott’s grandmother never lived in the family’s home but played a big role in Shannon’s and, eventually, her younger brother’s lives. Her grandmother was there when she got off the school bus. She was there for the long, carefree summer days. She is, says Shannon, why she became a gerontologist and expert on intergenerational relationships—relationships between a much older or much younger person. In this episode, Shannon discusses the many ways and places to make new friends. She talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the need to be socially connected with each other. Research has shown that being socially isolated can affect our heart health, our brain health, and our longevity. Having friendships, says Shannon, keeps us healthy. Bringing together people from different age groups is a win-win.

Jane Leder Podcaster & Author

I am an award-winning author of books about teen suicide, siblings, and men and women during WWII. My feature articles have appeared in publications from Psychology Today to the Chicago Sun-Times. I enjoy the journey of writing, the process. But as I celebrated my seventy-seventh birthday, I wanted a change of focus and turned my creative energies into launching "Older Women & Friends," a podcast. The challenge has been exhilarating and will certainly help me make it through the dead of winter in the Midwest.