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Senior Living Resources in Macomb and Oakland Counties

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.

Improve Memory by Learning to Play an Instrument

June 29, 2024 Latest Episode

From his early days, John Tesh’s path to success was anything but certain. After overcoming challenges such as being suspended from college and homelessness, he began a career in journalism, including hosting CBS News and co-hosting Entertainment Tonight. John transitioned into music, creating the successful television special "John Tesh: Live at Red Rocks" and earning six Emmys, four Gold albums, and an induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. He also composed the iconic NBC Sports basketball theme "Roundball Rock." In 1999, Tesh launched the self-syndicated "The John Tesh Radio Show-Intelligence For Your Life," which became internationally successful. Shortly after, he published his memoir, "Relentless" details his triumph over terminal cancer, highlighting his determination and grit.

Caregiver Self-Care is Critical

June 16, 2024 Latest Episode

Anna Gelbman Edmonds is the Publisher & Managing Editor of Reverse Magazine www.reversemagazine.us. Anna created Reverse as a direct result of the years she and her siblings spent caring for their parents and the difficulty in navigating various issues along the way. As an experienced editor, copywriter, and award-winning journalist, she built this platform to provide caregivers the credible resources and information she couldn’t find during her years as a caregiver.

Advantages of Residential Care Homes for Memory-impaired

May 31, 2024 Latest Episode

Lauren Mahakian founded Family Connect Care in 2008 after working with the elderly and memory-impaired for several years. Seeing first-hand examples of mistreatment and taking advantage of memory-impaired individuals, she saw the need for enhanced care management services and to assure the dignity of those who suffer from a variety of cognitive impairments.

Handling a Life-Altering Diagnosis

May 9, 2024 Latest Episode

Mark and Mary Kay Liston went to the ER to treat Mark's nasty cough. Several hours later the ER doctor told them that Mark had lung cancer, with a ping-pong sized mass in his lung and he needed to get to an oncologist immediately only to learn 40 days later that he did not have cancer. Mark and Mary Kay Liston are co-authors of the book “Diagnosed - Inspirational Stories After an Alarming Diagnosis.” Their goal was to write a book for others who received a similar diagnosis and describe the thoughts, doctor appointments, hospital visits and emotions one will go through.

Avoid Senior Frauds and Scams

May 9, 2024 Latest Episode

Steve Benton helps older adults avoid the dangers of financial uncertainty and exploitation as an Elder Financial Safety Center Financial Coach and Counselor at The Senior Source. He specializes in complex cases, including fraud, scams and elder financial abuse. Steve has been active in the financial services industry for over forty years, including participation on industry boards, business conduct committees, and as a securities industry Arbitrator. Sponsor:

Benefits of non-Emergency Travel Companions

April 12, 2024 Latest Episode

Bob Bacheler is the owner and managing director of Flying Angels, Inc. based out of Philadelphia, PA where he manages a team of medical escorts comprised of highly skilled nurses and doctors. In addition to being a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), Bob is a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), a Transport Practitioner Advanced Trauma Provider (TPATC), has is certification in Travel Health (CTH) from the International Society of Travel Medicine and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). For several years, Bob had the privilege to serve on the board of directors for Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), where he had the opportunity to directly impact issues relating to the transportation of patients through the means of helicopters, fixed wing planes, and medical escorts.

Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

April 11, 2024 Latest Episode

Mary Lou Falcone is an internationally known classical music publicist/strategist who for five decades has helped guide the careers of many prominent artists and institutions. Combining her communication skills with her background as a performer and educator, she now adds another layer: being an advocate for Lewy Body dementia (LBD) awareness. Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Zann, who died of LBD in 2020, was the inspiration for this book. A popular 1950s rock ’n’ roll musician who became a world-renowned cartoonist, illustrator, and painter, his work has been credited with being the inspiration for Roy Lichtenstein. Mary Lou and Nicky were a couple for 37 years. Sponsor: 

The Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease is Closer

April 4, 2024 Latest Episode

Dr. Andrew Budson is Chief of Cognitive Behavioral Neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Associate Director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Professor of Neurology at Boston University, and Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has written 9 books, including Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Why We Forget and How to Remember Better, and his latest, Seven Steps to Managing Your Aging Memory—now in its 2nd edition—which explains how to distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer's versus normal aging, what medications, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and the best habits, strategies, and memory aids to keep your memory strong. Sponsor: 

Working on Mental Health and Self-Care

March 24, 2024 Latest Episode

Gregory Scott Brown, M.D., is a psychiatrist, a mental health writer and the author of The Self-Healing Mind: An Essential Five-Step Practice for Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and Revitalizing Your Life. He also co-hosts Friday Sessions, a popular Instagram Live series about mental health. Dr. Brown is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association where he serves on the Council on Communications. His commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Men's Health, and The Washington Post, as well as on The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Mark, and the PBS News Hour. Sponsor: 

Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

March 15, 2024 Latest Episode

Dr. Glenn Osborne is the Managing Director for Elder Veterans Legal Aid Group. He is a gerontologist with many years of experience in the senior living industry, and during that time Dr. Osborne learned most people either did not know about VA benefits or there was no easy way to file for them. Therefore, he decided to create a solution. Today, Glenn will explain VA benefits available to veterans and surviving spouses to help pay for needed care and how you can be an advocate and resource for, not only your clients, but your family and friends as well. Education is key in helping as many people as possible. He will also explain the services offered by Elder Veterans Legal Aid Group.

March 8, 2024

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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
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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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