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When families or friends are concerned about or trying to assist an aging loved one, they enter a world with a language of its own. Navigating the healthcare, legal, financial, medical and day-to-day care needs of a senior needing assistance is a significant task. Understanding that world and its language reduces stress and ensures that those we love live their best life, regardless of the current circumstance. We share the most accurate and up to date information available for those caring for loved ones. We talk with experts in the various disciplines related to aging such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, neuropsychologists, dementia behavior experts, home care and facility owners/managers, and Aging Life professionals. I also talk with authors of books about the experience of aging and caregiving, as well as those developing new technologies and experts in assisting families with the conflict that often arises under the stress of caring.

When families or friends are concerned about or trying to assist an aging loved one, they enter a world with a language of its own. Navigating the healthcare, legal, financial, medical and day-to-day care needs of a senior needing assistance is a significant task. Understanding that world and its language reduces stress and ensures that those we love live their best life, regardless of the current circumstance. We share the most accurate and up to date information available for those caring for loved ones. We talk with experts in the various disciplines related to aging such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, neuropsychologists, dementia behavior experts, home care and facility owners/managers, and Aging Life professionals. I also talk with authors of books about the experience of aging and caregiving, as well as those developing new technologies and experts in assisting families with the conflict that often arises under the stress of caring.

Location:

United States

Description:

When families or friends are concerned about or trying to assist an aging loved one, they enter a world with a language of its own. Navigating the healthcare, legal, financial, medical and day-to-day care needs of a senior needing assistance is a significant task. Understanding that world and its language reduces stress and ensures that those we love live their best life, regardless of the current circumstance. We share the most accurate and up to date information available for those caring for loved ones. We talk with experts in the various disciplines related to aging such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, neuropsychologists, dementia behavior experts, home care and facility owners/managers, and Aging Life professionals. I also talk with authors of books about the experience of aging and caregiving, as well as those developing new technologies and experts in assisting families with the conflict that often arises under the stress of caring.

Language:

English


Episodes

Get off the Rehab Merry-go-Round: Consider Palliative Care

3/3/2021
When older adults go into the hospital, their hospital stay is most often followed by a stay in a “rehab” facility – either a skilled nursing facility or an acute care facility – with the hope of returning to their home and former life. The plan is a short stay to “get stronger” so that you, the older adult, or your loved one can return home. For many seniors, however, the transfer from hospital to rehab results in a phenomenon in which one returns to the hospital, then back to rehab,...

Duration:00:55:32

Planning For Loved Ones With A Disability Using The New ABLE Act

2/24/2021
Nationally recognized Special Needs Trust expert, financial planner, and disability rights advocate Peter Wall from True Link Financial will provide an overview of Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. ABLE accounts provide a fantastic planning tool and promote the independence of loved ones with disabilities. As parents of children with disabilities age, options for their loved one's success and future becomes crucial. Helping your loved one achieve their short and long-term goals...

Duration:00:55:27

The 5 Biggest Medicare Mistakes Even Smart People Make

2/17/2021
Join me as I talk with one of my most lively guests! TracyB makes talking about Medicare a more enjoyable experience. When it comes to understanding all things Medicare, she is the person I turn to. She will share with us the 5 biggest Medicare mistakes people make. I guarantee you will gain a better understanding of this often confusing area of healthcare and meet the person you will want to call to help you determine the best course of action for you and your loved ones.

Duration:00:53:27

LGBT Seniors Face Unique Challenges

2/10/2021
LGBT adults face many unique challenges as they age. They are generally an underserved and understudied aging population. Fear of discrimination contributes to poor health – with more than 20% reporting not having told health care providers of their sexual orientation. Social support consists of friends and partners of the same age, as most do not have children and are long estranged from families of origin. Fear of violence keeps many isolated in their homes and historical job losses have...

Duration:00:54:46

Solo Aging? Plan as Though Your Life Depends on It!

2/3/2021
Our guest believes Solo Agers have unique needs in later life that warrant greater foresight and a more robust approach to planning. Older adults without children, particularly those single with no kids, need to take the time to plan for a successful retirement and aging experience. Consideration of housing options, legal matters and financial planning will be discussed and can be found in her 2018 book for what she terms Solo Agers. Named the “best book on aging well” by the Wall Street...

Duration:00:55:34

Probate: When It’s Necessary & Ways to Avoid It

1/27/2021
The death of a loved one requires the distribution of that person’s property, cash, retirement/investment accounts and real estate. In many instances having a personal representative, or executor, of the estate is necessary and working within the probate court is required. In some States, this can be an expensive and complex process, while in others relatively simple. My guest, Probate Judge Cristy Carbon-Gaul, will talk with us about those instances in which a probate is necessary and...

Duration:00:55:57

Aging Well: Keep Moving, Keep Doing, Keep Living

1/20/2021
Award winning author Heidi Herman’s latest book “On with the Butter: Spread More Living onto Everyday Life” provides a practical how-to guide for readers to follow to add vitality to their own lives. Many of the items offered are things that can be done in safe socially-distant ways and still provide mental and physical benefits. What makes Heidi’s book unique is her inspiration – in 2018, her 93-year old mother, Ieda, undertook a challenge to have 93 new experiences before her 94th birthday...

Duration:00:55:38

Encore: Health Care Wishes - What Do You Want?

1/13/2021
Sharing your medical treatment and end of life wishes and with those you love, about what you want, or what your loved one wants, can be a difficult conversation to have. Most often we believe that because we have seen a lawyer and completed our Advance Directives that there is nothing more to do or say. Such is not the case, says our special guest this week, Joan Gibson. Joan and I will discuss the many “what if’s” that such legal documents don’t cover and why it’s important that all of us...

Duration:00:57:01

Life Care Planning & Family Meetings

12/30/2020
The New Year is a time of goal setting, reflection and planning. We take great care to meet with our financial planner. We make sure our estate planning documents are in order. Life care planning for ourselves or our loved ones is not typically a type of planning we consider necessary…until a crisis occurs or the needs of our loved ones become painfully obvious. My guest and I will discuss those aspects of life care planning that will provide you as an aging adult, or those you care about...

Duration:00:55:19

Keep the Family Home and Create an Income Producing Asset

12/23/2020
Seniors considering a move to a retirement community or families managing the care and finances for a loved one so often do not look beyond the option of selling the home that has been occupied for many years. The sale of a home brings with it tax consequences and the need to re-invest proceeds. This week we will be exploring keeping the home and using the home as an income producing asset that can supplement you or your loved ones cost of living or care needs. Concerned about the headache...

Duration:00:55:13

The Covid Vaccine; Why Some Health Care Worker's are Concerned

12/16/2020
At a time when many, including the media, are speaking of the Covid-19 vaccine as offering Americans hope in ending the pandemic, I will interview a physician who is very concerned about the safety of the Pfizer vaccine. She is not alone in her concerns. In fact, recent surveys of health care workers indicate that nearly 50% would prefer to wait to take the vaccine and see how the vaccine affects others first. Whatever your opinion, Dr. Near will provide information about the vaccine that...

Duration:00:55:13

Caregiving, Advocacy & Resources

12/9/2020
First as a long-distance caregiver and later caring for her mother in her home, Sue learned quickly that being an advocate was an important part of her role as caregiver. After spending more than 10 years caring for both parents, she later learned of the many resources, she was unaware of, that were available to her. Sue shares her story as caregiver and advocate. She will also share information on the many resources she now shares with families as a Community Educator. Join us for a...

Duration:00:56:29

Hospice: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

12/2/2020
Hospice is a Medicare benefit that is generally misunderstood. Many families wait to call hospice until the final days and weeks of their loved one’s life. If eligible, specialized care can be provided, as well as medications, medical equipment and supplies months earlier. So how do you know when it’s time? Sarah Crutchfield, owner of High Desert Hospice, will join me to discuss signs that it may be time to consider hospice care for your loved one. She will also answer many of the questions...

Duration:00:53:49

The Things You Need to Know…

11/25/2020
Join me as I highlight the guide authored by me titled, “The Top 10 Things You Need to Know to Care for an Aging Loved One”. I will share information most important to know if you are assisting a loved one as they navigate life and the aging experience. For those aging themselves, I will offer you much to think about and an understanding of what to expect. In the world of aging, the amount of information can be overwhelming. I will simplify it for you and offer a way to prioritize what you...

Duration:00:56:04

Is It Normal Aging or Dementia?

11/18/2020
Forgetfullness… Trouble finding the right word… Why did I come into this room?,,, “Is this normal?” – a common question asked by seniors and often by those who love them. As we age, there are changes seniors experience that would be defined as a normal part of the aging process. What are those normal age-related changes? When should we be concerned that the changes we are experiencing, or noticing in our loved ones, are not normal? What is Mild Cognitive Impairment and how do I know if it’s...

Duration:00:56:56

Alzheimer's Disease; Bringing Art to Life

11/11/2020
The story of Lester Potts, sawmill worker turned painter following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, is a story of inspiration and hope for those with loved one’s living with this terrible disease. The story of the impact Lester’s life had on the people who loved and cared for him is just as inspiring. Join Lester Pott’s son, Dr Daniel Potts, as he shares his father’s story and the many gifts he and others received during Lester’s Alzheimer’s journey. Dr. Potts, a neurologist by occupation, will...

Duration:00:52:53

Aging Life Care Professionals® - The Experts in Aging Well®

11/4/2020
Aging Life Care Professionals®, called Geriatric Care Managers for 30+ years, is a professional group that has seen exponential growth as our aging population has mushroomed. Most families in highly populated areas of the country have heard of this unique professional. At a time when many professionals begin to enter the aging world – calling themselves experts, families need to understand what assistance is available and why this particular group of professionals is best qualified to guide...

Duration:00:56:46

Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors with Thoughtful Engagement®

10/28/2020
Social connection has long been associated with good quality of life, as well as positive physical and mental health outcomes for seniors. With the COVID-19 pandemic, most seniors are struggling to balance that quality of life with life itself. Social isolation and loneliness were already prevalent in our senior population. Today even those living in retirement communities are advised to stay-at-home, which is exacerbating an already serious problem. Families and professionals are seeing a...

Duration:00:55:20

Difficult Dementia Related Behaviors: Using Communication to Manage Behaviors

10/21/2020
Dementia too often brings with it periods of behaviors that are mind boggling to family and caregivers. Such behaviors might include yelling, hitting or paranoia coupled with accusations. It is frightening for those witnessing these behaviors and there is much confusion about how to manage a loved one experiencing and acting out these behaviors. Many turn to psychotropic medications to manage these behaviors but find the trade off in the affects of the medication on their loved one...

Duration:00:56:12