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Listen to our latest Boomers Today podcast and read through answers to common senior placement questions.
Boomers Today is our weekly podcast that helps educate families on resources available to the aging boomer population. Frank Samson, founder and CEO of Senior Care Authority®, interviews a different expert on aspects of what families face as the Boomers and their parents are aging. Subjects range from caregiver challenges, to legal matters, to financial considerations, to health and wellness topics and self-care.
Marianne Troy is a Family Consultant for the Alzheimer’s Support Network. She is a great listener and has a wealth of knowledge and skills in all things elder care. She honed these skills over a lifetime of involvement in elder concerns. She is a previous owner of a home health care company and worked at Loyola Medical Center outside Chicago in Radiology Administration. It was there she saw the difficulty our elders experience in hospitals and she created an Ombudsman program to increase communication and assistance for elderly patients. In her earlier years she was also a Sister of Charity for 14 years. Sponsor: https://www.seniorcareauthority.com/locations/manhattan-ny/
Dr. Rob Winningham received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Baylor University. He joined the faculty at Western Oregon University in 2000 where he served as a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology. His focus has been on memory and aging for the past 30 years. He has trained thousands of professionals to offer high quality cognitive rehabilitation and therapy programs. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory and aging, Dr. Winningham has been invited to given well over 1500 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops. His book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood and his latest book, Cranium Crunches, both can be found on Amazon. Dr. Mike Studer has been a Physical Therapist since 1991, a board certified innneurologic Physical Therapist in 1995, and a private practice owner since 2005. Dr. Studer has been an invited speaker covering 50 states, 10 countries, and 4 continents speaking on topics ranging from cognition and psychology in rehabilitation, aging, stroke, motor learning, motivation in rehabilitation, balance, dizziness, neuropathy and Parkinson Disease. Dr. Studer is a co-founder and co-owner of Spark Rehabilitation and Wellness in Bend, Oregon. Sponsor: www.SeniorCareAuthority.com
Kimberly Best, RN, MA, is a Civil and Family Mediator. Her practice focuses on Family Mediation, Health and Elder Care Mediation, Civil and Business Mediation, and Conflict Coaching. She is a working member of the Association of Conflict Resolution Elder Mediation Professional Development Group as well as a working member of Mediators Beyond Borders, International, and a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution development committee. She is passionate about helping others resolve conflicts by using mediation, facilitation and collaborative problem solving to find optimal solutions for all parties. Kim is the author of “How to Live Forever, A Guide to Writing the Final Chapter of Your Life Story."
Lauren Snedeker is a licensed clinical social worker, an Assistant Professor of Teaching, and the Coordinator for the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health Program at Rutgers School of Social Work. Her areas of practice and scholarly interests focus on the aging experience, mental health during older adulthood, and caregiving experiences. Educating students about the rich, clinical opportunities that exist in gerontological social work, mentorship and building community for MSW students are Lauren’s passions. Along with esteemed colleagues, Lauren is leading efforts at Rutgers New Brunswick that focus on anti-ageism and age inclusivity.
Josh Sapan is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of AMC Networks Inc. where, since 1987, he oversaw the creation and growth of entertainment brands including AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC and SundanceTV and signature series including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead" and “Killing Eve.” Sapan also oversaw the creation of the film production and distribution company IFC Films as well as AMC Studios and AMC Networks International. Now, after 35 years with AMC Networks, 25 as CEO and currently Executive Vice Chairman, Sapan is embarking on a third Act of his own, one sure to entail moves in more creative avenues. Josh has also authored his new book called, “The Third Act, Reinventing Your Next Chapter."
Ryan Frederick focuses on the intersection of place and healthy longevity. He is the author of Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life. He advises real estate, health organizations and institutional investment firms on how to create better places to help people thrive and provides regular content for consumers to make wise choices about place to live a long, healthy and financially secure life.
Kerry Byrne, PhD, is a researcher, collaborator and entrepreneur in aging, care and connection. She is the Founder of The Long Distance Grandparent, a mission driven business helping grandparents strengthen relationships with their grandchildren – no matter the distance between. Kerry is focused on improving intergenerational relationships within families, because these relationships impact everything from mental health to ending ageism. She shares practical, research backed strategies through her blog, email newsletter, speaking engagements and membership program.
Dr. Nancy A. Taylor is founder and CEO of Taylormade Senior Advocacy and Consulting LLC. As an advocate she helps older adults and their families navigate the complex maze that is our national healthcare system. She provides a guiding hand with Medicare Education including choosing drug plans, Provider and Care Coordination, Comprehensive Clinical Medication Reviews, and Medication Therapy Management. She retired as a pharmacist after over a decade in community pharmacy and started her company to better serve her aging patients. The transition from pharmacist to advocate was natural and empowering for both Dr. Taylor and those she serves.
Darra Wray is a business professional, senior care consultant, and software developer with more than 30 years of practical business and finance experience and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She also has over 30 years of personal experience as a family caregiver and patient advocate and has had a life-long interest in healthcare. An unexpected family medical crisis made her realize that her family was completely unprepared to manage the business of life in a digital world. In the wake of this family crisis, Darra set out to find a tool to help bridge this digital divide, and when she couldn’t find one, she created one. She then launched My Care Companions, helping individuals and families more effectively navigate and manage the family caregiving process.
Mike Briggs is with Keystone Hospice has been working in healthcare since March of 2004. He loves to provide solutions to patients and families that need help in the community he loves. Mike is extremely passionate about hospice care and enjoys helping people understand why it’s such a great benefit.
Jaime Sarche’s goal is helping people be less afraid of death. A seasoned speaker, Jaime brings deep experience in death care to a broad range of audiences around the country, sharing insights and approaches on how to have those difficult conversations and how to address sensitive issues. Extending well beyond death and dying, her message resonates across industries and individuals, bridging her passion to demystify death while enlightening communicators on overcoming challenging conversations.
Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Eldercare support. If you don't see the answer to your question below, please don't hesitate to ask us anything. We promise to give you an honest answer.
Safety is the number one factor for most families. Although most people would prefer to stay in their own home, there are significant reasons why that is sometimes not possible. In addition to safety concerns, social engagement, communal meals, scheduled activities and 24/7 supervision are some other good reasons to consider Assisted Living.
Often, it is a process and a series of conversations. Imagine yourself in Mom’s position and don’t try to force anything. A Senior Advisor can help you map out the strategy and even help you talk with Mom.
It varies from state-to-state, even county-to- county in the same state. Costs are usually based on a fee for rent and additional fees for care, based on how much assistance is needed.
The rule of thumb, at this writing, is that Medicare only pays for post-acute skilled nursing care, for a maximum of 100 days if certain requirements are met. Medicaid is a state-administered program. Some states have “waivers” that allow people to spend down their money and then stay in an assisted living facility when Medicaid goes into effect. Your Advisor will be versed in the regulations in your state.
If Dad was enlisted during a period of war (see VA website) chances are that Mom is eligible to receive his benefits. Talk to your Advisor for general guidelines and then contact your local VA office for more information.
The short answer is not necessarily. There are many factors to consider and every care situation is different. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can mean a variety of things. It is not necessarily a precursor to Alzheimer’s or other dementias. That said, dementia does not happen overnight and early stages are, in fact, a reason someone may have MCI.
Most likely not. A power of attorney does not give you the right to force someone to move. Usually this requires a Guardianship or Conservatorship. An elder law attorney would be your best source of advice. We can give you referrals to excellent attorneys specializing in laws relating to eldercare.
Hiring a local Senior Advisor or Patient Advocate is your best bet to having “boots on the ground” when your loved one lives far away. Interview several and find someone with whom you feel comfortable. We can help!
Most likely yes but as we stated above, programs vary from state to state. Home ownership is not typically considered when determining eligibility. If she is going to have to sell her home to pay for care, your best option is to consult with a Medicaid planning or elder law attorney. Again, we can refer you to someone competent and compassionate.