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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.
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
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.
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 www.thesuperage.com. He’s written for Newsweek, been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USAToday.
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.
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.
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.
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.