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.
Kelly Fortner is the owner and founder of Lifelong Legacies. She has a master’s in occupational therapy, an undergraduate degree in psychology, health sciences, holds a certification in grief counseling and is trained as an end of life doula. She loves to engage with people about what they value most in life.
Dr. Richard Restak has published 25 books on the human brain, three of them New York Times best sellers. His essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Vogue and The American Scholar. He has been Profiled in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Guardian. He is a past recipient of the Claude Bernard Science Journalism Award, given by the National Society for Medical Research. He served as President of The American Neuropsychiatric Association from 2005 to 2007. He has lectured on brain and behavior to groups as varied as the Smithsonian; the 92nd Street Y; the Library of Congress; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Goddard Space Flight Center; the Society of Statesmen, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.; the National Security Agency; the Central Intelligence Agency; the Department of State; the Foreign Service Institute, Washington, D.C.; the Pentagon; Renaissance Weekend (multiple times); Aspen Institute; Ruben Museum of Art; Brookings Institute. Sponsor: www.SeniorCareAuthority.com
Lesley Ranft is a veteran medical journalist and publicist with over 20 years of experience. With 800 plus peer reviewed articles in medical publications worldwide, Lesley has been well recognized for her contribution to medicine and has been featured in media outlets across the US. Notably her work on informed consent, tips for selecting the right doctor, top questions for your doc, the four pillars of health, the fountain of youth, and much more has improved expectations for consumers interested in medicine worldwide.
Matt Paxton is one of the top downsizing and decluttering experts in the country. He is the host of the 2-time Emmy nominated series Legacy List with Matt Paxton on PBS and was a featured cleaner on the hit television show HOARDERS for 15 seasons. Matt is also the author of the best-selling book, Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff. Paxton started cleaning out houses after his father, step-father and both grandfathers died in the same year and is the reason Matt has been working with families struggling with hoarding and downsizing for 20 years. Matt appears regularly as a public speaker, television guest, and radio personality helping families and companies find the upside of downsizing.
Liz O’Donnell is the founder of Working Daughter, an organization dedicated to keeping family caregivers in the workplace by making care and career compatible. Working Daughter advises companies on how to support employees and customers who are caregivers, supports people balancing eldercare and career though its thriving online community, issues the Best Places for Working Daughters to Work list, and sponsors National Working Daughters Day.
Dr. Alan M. Reznik, MD, MBA, FAAOS, is a Board-Certified Orthopedic surgeon specializing in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Connecticut Magazine has named him a “Top Doc” for more than two decades. He is also recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. Widely published with over sixty journal articles. Dr. Reznik is also the author of I’ve Fallen, and I Can Get Up, a guide to fall risk and prevention. He holds a number of orthopedic patents, and his personal mission is to help readers, patients and concerned family members better understand their own road to recovery by sharing decades of his orthopedic medical knowledge.
Sherri Snelling is a corporate gerontologist, authorpreneur and founder/CEO of Caregiving Club. She has an expertise in caregiver wellness, well home design and brain health and Alzheimer’s. She is the author of the new book, Me Time Monday – The Weekly Wellness Plan to Find Balance and Joy for a Busy Life following her first book, A Cast of Caregivers. Snelling has served on advisory committees for the White House, the CDC, CMS and Georgetown University. She earned her master’s at USC and has master’s certifications from MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard University.
Bill Dooley is an accredited exercise scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), author, teacher and lecturer. He has been helping people to exercise for almost 20 years through one on one, small group and online sessions. Almost 8 years ago Bill started Growing Young which is a face to face and online exercise program specifically designed by him to build and keep the 65+ers strong, upright and functioning like they’re 10 years younger!
Walt Kasmir, Ph.D., is a gerontologist and behavioral expert who lectures, trains, and consults throughout the continental United States, Africa, and the UK on grief, eldercare, and resilience. Dr. Kasmir developed expertise from over 25 years of clinical experience, including, hospice, psychiatry and case management. He’s helped thousands face end-of-life issues with dignity and grace. Dr. Kasmir is a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling (FAAGC) and a Certified Spiritual Life Coach. He’s known as The Neuro-Maestro® because of his Theo-centric Neurophilosophy and for his ability to transform clients’ lives using a transpersonal blend of philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, and psychology.
Dr. Gerda Maissel is the go-to person to repair medical nightmares. Dr. Gerda is board-certified as both a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician specialist and a patient advocate. She helps people with complicated medical problems, often in the hospital or rehabilitation center, get the best care possible.
Claire Day has been on staff of the Alzheimer’s Association since 2001. She is the Chief Program Officer at the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter and as such, oversees all care and support operations and research initiatives. Ms. Day is a clinical social worker and received her degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has more than twenty years of experience as a family and professional educator in dementia care and has authored two forwards to Alzheimer’s caregiver books. In 2018, Ms. Day was appointed the Chapter Lead for the US Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Risk (US POINTER) in California in partnership with U.C. Davis. US POINTER is a two-year clinical trial to evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously target multiple risk factors protect cognitive function in older adults at increased risk for cognitive decline.
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.