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.
Kerry Byrne, PhD, is a researcher, collaborator and entrepreneur in aging, care and connection. She is the Founder of The Long Distance Grandparent, a mission driven business helping grandparents strengthen relationships with their grandchildren – no matter the distance between. Kerry is focused on improving intergenerational relationships within families, because these relationships impact everything from mental health to ending ageism. She shares practical, research backed strategies through her blog, email newsletter, speaking engagements and membership program.
Gregg Levoy is the author of 'Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion' and the bestseller 'Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life'. He is a regular Keynoter/Featured Speaker at aging-industry conferences around the country, including the International Conference on Positive Aging and the International Council on Active Aging Conference. Gregg has appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others.
Dr. Nancy A. Taylor is founder and CEO of Taylormade Senior Advocacy and Consulting LLC. As an advocate she helps older adults and their families navigate the complex maze that is our national healthcare system. She provides a guiding hand with Medicare Education including choosing drug plans, Provider and Care Coordination, Comprehensive Clinical Medication Reviews, and Medication Therapy Management. She retired as a pharmacist after over a decade in community pharmacy and started her company to better serve her aging patients. The transition from pharmacist to advocate was natural and empowering for both Dr. Taylor and those she serves.
Darra Wray is a business professional, senior care consultant, and software developer with more than 30 years of practical business and finance experience and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She also has over 30 years of personal experience as a family caregiver and patient advocate and has had a life-long interest in healthcare. An unexpected family medical crisis made her realize that her family was completely unprepared to manage the business of life in a digital world. In the wake of this family crisis, Darra set out to find a tool to help bridge this digital divide, and when she couldn’t find one, she created one. She then launched My Care Companions, helping individuals and families more effectively navigate and manage the family caregiving process.
Mike Briggs is with Keystone Hospice has been working in healthcare since March of 2004. He loves to provide solutions to patients and families that need help in the community he loves. Mike is extremely passionate about hospice care and enjoys helping people understand why it’s such a great benefit.
Jaime Sarche’s goal is helping people be less afraid of death. A seasoned speaker, Jaime brings deep experience in death care to a broad range of audiences around the country, sharing insights and approaches on how to have those difficult conversations and how to address sensitive issues. Extending well beyond death and dying, her message resonates across industries and individuals, bridging her passion to demystify death while enlightening communicators on overcoming challenging conversations.
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.
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.
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.