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Resources Overview

Senior Living Resources in Des Moines, IA

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.

Taking Care of the Bills When Aging On Your Own

June 18, 2022 Latest Episode

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.

Assisted Living: Past Present and Future

June 17, 2022 Latest Episode

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

How You Can Improve Inflamm-aging

June 7, 2022 Latest Episode

Dr. Gary Kaplan, DO, is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression as well as his soon to be released book, Why You Are Still Sick. Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. He created the Kaplan Medical Center to offer patients suffering with chronic pain and illness a more effective model of medical care. The Center’s physicians, nurses, psychotherapist, dietitian, and physical therapists collaborate closely on patients’ progress to ensure the best outcome for each patient. This coordinated, multidisciplinary approach has proved to be highly effective for patients suffering with complex and long standing medical problems.

The Effects of Future Proofing and UnRetirement

June 3, 2022 Latest Episode

Bradley Schurman, is an expert on demographic change and how it disrupts social, cultural, political, and economic norms across the United States and around the world. His deep understanding of population shifts, coupled with his grasp of emerging trends, makes him an authoritative voice into the future of everything in our aging world. He’s the author of THE SUPER AGE: DECODING OUR DEMOGRAPHIC DESTINY and the founder and CEO of the global research and advisory firm, The Super Age He’s written for Newsweek, been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USAToday.

Finding Answers for Aging Parents

May 20, 2022 Latest Episode

Over the past five years, Mike and Kim Barnes found themselves navigating problems they never saw coming from their parents including Alzheimer’s, pacemakers, COVID, pneumonia, and the tough decision to move parents into senior living communities. They’ve learned to balance the many facets of parenting aging parents, including medical, financial, and everyday-life decisions, emotional rollercoasters, protecting their parents from scams, and more, all while parenting their college-age kids, and building their careers. That’s why they created Parenting Aging Parents to provide information, resources, and support.

Life-enriching Experiences for Older Adults

May 20, 2022 Latest Episode

For over 30 years, Amy Temperley has committed her work to improving the lives of older adults in some form or fashion. and has served caregivers, individuals with dementia and disabilities, and nonprofit leaders. Amy and her husband, Damien, founded Aging is Cool in 2016 with the dream to create smart, engaging, fun activities for older adults, being passionate about issues related to living a full life, active aging and ageism. In 2020, Aging is Cool partnered with Heart and Soul Care to create and launch, A Mighty Good Time, a website and one-stop-shop for engaging activities for older adults nationwide.

Five Steps to Navigating Your Caregiving Journey

May 20, 2022 Latest Episode

For the past thirty-five years Sue Ryan has been helping individuals – from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 C-Suite leaders – serving more than 700 organizations of all sizes and in a multitude of industries – successfully navigate transitions in their businesses through her roles in enterprise application software sales. In parallel with Sue’s professional career, she’s been navigating roles of non-professional caregiving support for family and loved ones. She now navigates her caregiving journey positively, practicing massive acceptance and radical presence. She feels supported and balanced throughout all the transitions in her caregiving journey.

Fitness for the Brain

May 20, 2022 Latest Episode

Michael Gelfgot is the Chief Operating Officer for Activate Brain & Body. His drive to be a different kind of a health club started 20 years ago. Between Gelfgot and his partners, they operated 23 health clubs. Now Mike and his partners are opening first of its kind, Activate Brain & Body, a cutting-edge brain & fitness think-tank growing into a chain of brain health studios. Combining brain training and physical training, Activate Brain & Body is looking to re-engineer fitness as upstream preventative healthcare.

Lasting Connections Between Generations

April 29, 2022 Latest Episode

Aviva Black is the founder of Family Love Letters. As her family was going through their father’s papers a few days after he passed away, her and her siblings found a sealed letter he’d left for them in the top drawer of his desk. His letter became the inspiration for Family Love Letters. Aviva continues to enjoy her role as a mother, coordinator of her temple’s Intergenerational Connect program and as the daughter of a rabbi.

Personal Chef Senior Meals at Home

April 23, 2022 Latest Episode

Mike Maccioli grew up in a home where the kitchen was the center of life for his family. With a kitchen always filled with both familiar and exotic aromas, Mike learned to appreciate many types of cuisines through his travels to Paris, Italy, Germany, South America and Eastern Europe. He loves the fact that Chefs for Seniors allows him and his chefs to bring their knowledge of food and nutrition into the kitchen of seniors and create meals that they love along with laughter and conversation.

Myths About Sex and Grieving

April 21, 2022 Latest Episode

Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert,” “the woman leading a sex revolution for seniors,” and—her favorite— “wrinkly sex kitten.” Joan is the author of four books about senior sex, including the award-winning Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex and Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality after Losing Your Beloved. An internationally popular public speaker and sex educator, Joan has been writing and speaking about senior sex since 2005.

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“We received all the help we needed and were extremely satisfied with all your follow up.”

- S. Culver

“My mom really appreciated you coming to the residential care home the night my dad arrived. Thank you!”

- J. Giovanni

“You are amazingly wonderful and patient and do good things in this world.”

- S. Coleman

“We received all the help we needed and were extremely satisfied with all your follow up.”

- S. Culver

“My mom really appreciated you coming to the residential care home the night my dad arrived. Thank you!”

- J. Giovanni

“You are amazingly wonderful and patient and do good things in this world.”

- S. Coleman
Senior Care Authority

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  • How do I know if it is time for my Mom or Dad to move into Assisted Living?

    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.

  • I know Mom needs to move but she says she is staying put. What should I do? She cannot afford full time care at home.

    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.

  • How much does assisted living or memory care cost?

    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.

  • Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for assisted living?

    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.

  • My Dad was a veteran of WWII. He passed away three years ago. Mom now needs care. Are there benefits available to help her pay for this care?

    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.

  • My Dad was just diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Does that mean he needs to live in Memory Care? He still drives!

    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.

  • If I have Power of Attorney for a relative who is refusing care, can I force her to move?

    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.

  • I live in New York City. Mom lives in California. She is showing signs of forgetfulness and has no relatives on the west coast. How do I manage her care?

    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!

  • My mother is applying for Medicaid. She owns her own home but has no other assets. Her social security of $800/month is her only income. Will she be approved?

    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.

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