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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.
Odelia Goldberg, Esq. was born in Israel and moved to the United States when she was six years old. She was educated in the United States and received her Juris Doctorate and graduated Cum Laude. Odelia regularly lectures to attorneys, CPAs and seniors throughout New York State and South Florida on Elder Law and how to protect your assets and leave money to heirs. She has established herself as a noted authority in the area of Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Probate and Contracts.
Deborah Carr is a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Innovation in Social Science at Boston University. She is author of more than 100 academic articles and chapters, and several books including the award-winning 'Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life.' She studies end-of-life issues including bereavement, advance care planning, and death quality. She has also written widely on families in later life. Dr. Carr is former editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Professor Wendy Moyle’s research focuses on finding evidence for best practice in care of older people and those with dementia. She has a keen interest in technologies, and, within a social robotics laboratory, she develops and evaluates assistive technologies and social robots. She works with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Australia and internationally, from the UK and Japan. She has received several awards and leads a technology collaborative “The Australian Aged Care Technology Collaborative” that aims to increase efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care of older adults in ageing services through identification and adaptation of existing technologies and development of new technologies.
Keren Etkin is the best-selling author of The AgeTech Revolution - a book about the intersection of technology and aging. Etkin is the founder of TheGerontechnologist.com, a media platform that covers the global agetech ecosystem and The AgeTech Academy which offers online AgeTech education for entrepreneurs and elder care professionals. Etkin is a sought-after public speaker and advisor to AgeTech startups, investors in the longevity economy, care providers and organizations who work on innovation in aging. She holds an M.A. in Gerontology and a B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University.
Dr. Amanda Leggett is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology at Wayne State University and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She received her M.S. and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research program focuses on the dementia caregiver stress process and mental health in late-life. Dr. Leggett serves on the editorial board for the journals Innovation in Aging and Research on Aging and is a seven-year Hospice volunteer.
Jackie Cara is the founder and owner of Cara Law. Based on Long Island in New York, Cara Law provides clients with highly personalized estate planning and elder law services. With over 30 years of experience, Cara Law brings clients the options and tools they need to protect themselves, their families and their assets.
Kevin Svagdis spent most of his career helping clients and his team members to live their best lives. It’s how he has managed high performance teams and it’s why he founded Nurizon at Home. His devotion to caring for and serving people was first ignited as a 16 year-old, working in food service at a local hospital. From there he took on the first of many leadership roles, progressing through the hospitality ranks in acute-care hospitals. In 2004, Kevin was appointed president of one of the nation’s most successful senior living hospitality services providers, overseeing dining, environmental and plant operations services for more than 500 retirement communities in 38 states.
Miryam Rabner is the Cultural Sensitivity Liaison & Outreach Coordinator for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. She was born and raised in Switzerland in a multilingual family. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University (B.A.) and the City University Graduate Center (M.Phil.). A resident of Riverdale, NY, she has worked in this field in Manhattan and the Bronx for the past 16 years.
Larry Gifford is President and Co-Founder of PD Avengers. He was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in August 2017 at the age of 45. Larry is active with the Parkinson’s Society British Columbia and sits on the board of directors for the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute. He believes in the power of storytelling hosting, "When Life Gives You Parkinson’s," a podcast that documents his experience living and working with PD, which was a finalist for the Canadian Podcast Awards.
Dean and Kristin Sposato of Orchid Island Management Group have been assisting seniors and their families with bill paying, property management and coordination of daily services through an outsourced model and a professional network. Families of seniors want to enable their loved ones to remain in their properties for as long as possible, yet they are not here to oversee their day-to-day challenges. OIMG's Senior Affairs Program provides peace of mind for these families and their loved ones. In addition, when these seniors are faced with transitioning from their homes and can no longer live on their own, Dean and Kristin assist in facilitating this process on behalf of the family.
Ellen Belk is a Silver Living strategist, with over 20 years of operational experience in Senior housing as a holistic Dementia expert, author, trainer and influencer. She brings a unique blend of proficiency in operations, sales, team building, resident experience and innovation to her clients. A dynamic speaker and recognized expert in aging and Dementia, Ellen moves seamlessly from the C-Suite to the frontlines of care, captivating audiences with her authentic stories from personal experience in the trenches of
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.