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Shawn Bloom Leads PACE On the Path to Preventative Senior Care

For those of you who are not familiar with the PACE alternative of care, you will find this model very interesting. PACE is one of the alternative models of care that is funded by Medicare and take a unique financial approach. As you will learn in the interview with Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National PACE Association, PACE programs are financially motivated to following preventative paths of cafe – a unique occurrence in health care today. This incentive forces PACE Centers to take more of a 360-degree view of care than many care models available. Shawn’s Description of the PACE Model Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are innovative because they provide continuous care and services offering individuals eligible for nursing home care the option of continuing to live in the community. Because these health care costs are traditionally paid for through the Medicare and Medicaid programs and out of people’s pockets, access to a comprehensive system of care that encompasses preventive, primary, acute and long term care is usually not possible. One key to the PACE model is the combining of dollars from different funding streams in order to deliver a comprehensive set of services focused on the health and well-being of the individual. Because PACE delivers care differently from traditional long term care providers, it can be difficult to understand how all the elements of the program work together. For example, the public may be mostly aware of the PACE program’s vans that provide transportation to PACE participants. Policy makers may view PACE as a program that integrates Medicare and long term care funding in a way that saves taxpayer dollars while providing more effective care. PACE participants and their family members might see the PACE center that they attend as the central part of the program. But it is the combination of the different components of the PACE model, including the work of the interdisciplinary team, that results in care and services that are tailored to the individual needs of each PACE participant. What is PACE? The ability to coordinate the care of each participant enrolled in PACE is key to the model. PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so that their participants can continue living in the community. To understand how PACE works, it is important to learn about the components of PACE that enable it to respond to the unique needs of each participant enrolled in the program. Interdisciplinary Teams: Teams comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, therapists, van drivers, aides and others — meet regularly to exchange information and solve problems as the conditions and needs of PACE participants change. Through interdisciplinary teams, the viewpoints of different disciplines are brought together, and information gained through interaction with the PACE participants over time and in different settings is shared. This approach empowers those involved and allows more information to be available at the critical points when decisions are being made. Capitated Payment Arrangements: PACE receives a monthly capitated payment (i.e., a lump sum from Medicare combined with Medicaid or a participant’s private pay resources that is used to pay for a variety of comprehensive services) and is responsible for the care their participants need. As such, the financial interests of the PACE program and the care needs of the persons they serve are aligned in a unique way. Regardless of whether needed services would be reimbursed under traditional fee-for-service Medicare and Medicaid, PACE provides a comprehensive set of preventive, primary, acute and long term care services that are specifically tailored to the needs of each PACE participant to help them avoid hospital or nursing home placement to the greatest extent possible.

24 MIN2011 JUN 27
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Shawn Bloom Leads PACE On the Path to Preventative Senior Care

Patricia Grace and Rita Files – Bringing “Aging with Grace” to Working Americans

Patricia and Rita’s Description of Aging With Grace Aging with Grace is the solution for labor and management to accommodate an aging societies shifting needs and handling of eldercare issues with respect and dignity allowing all to age with grace. We approach each situation on an individual basis with patience, understanding and expert knowledge to offer the best solution and resources. Advances in medicine and technology are allowing people to live longer, resulting in the need for many individuals active in the work force to be faced with the need to manage their loved ones’ eldercare needs. Patricia Grace and Rita Files have created the solution to elder care stress in the work place through Aging with Grace. Their extensive working knowledge of programs serving older adults and experience in long-term care services, organizations, policies and financing across the continuum to include nursing homes, assisted living and Alzheimer’s Care allows them to lead and guide individuals on eldercare issues that are relevant and critically important to all and that can provide distractions and increased stress on employees. Their focus is on reducing or eliminating the emotional impact that aging issues have not only for an individual but also, for the entire family. The Aging with Grace Program embraces three specific areas of concentration: education, coordination, and facilitation: Education: regarding care options (nursing care, Alzheimer’s care, home care, etc), financial obligations, caregiver issues and stress, funding options including the VA Pension for Aid & Attendance and Medicaid and Medicare. Coordination: for the selection of providers, referrals to physicians, elder care attorney’s, financial planners, senior relocation specialists and acting as liaison with families at a distance. Facilitation: for placement in senior living communities, nursing homes, in-home services or adult day care. Unique Business Model The Aging with Grace Program is primarily a membership model that is being marketed to unions, large employer groups and benefit consultants, who in turn market the program to their employees and members as a “voluntary benefit.” The annual fee is $34.95 per year for individuals Union Plus members are offered the program for $24.95 per year. The AWG Program is also available to large groups who wish to provide this program as a paid benefit for their members. The program includes: Unlimited telephone access, to experienced elder care specialists for assistance with immediate needs, program and enrollment information. Access to a dedicated area on the AWG website that includes resource information and a Caregiver Tool Kit and tips for managing caregiver stress. Member discounts for senior services and programs from participating providers negotiated by AWG exclusively for members. Provider quality assurance program as well as member satisfaction programs. Online member caregiver support group Monthly caregiver newsletter About Patricia Grace With over 18 years experience in the senior health field, Patricia Grace recognized the needs of our aging population and their families and founded Aging with Grace. As a Certified Senior Advisor, she offers in depth knowledge on Medicare/Medicaid and Long Term Care insurances. Ms. Grace has worked extensively in the assisted living and long term care industry educating the elderly and their children on senior housing, Alzheimer’s care, home care and adult day care options. She appears frequently on TV and radio discussing topics from senior housing to care giver stress in the work place. Patricia has been actively involved in community and non profit organizations such as the Twilight Wish Foundation, CAPS, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, National Association of Certified Geriatric Care Managers, Eastern PA Geriatric Council and the American Society on Aging.

24 MIN2011 JUN 20
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Patricia Grace and Rita Files – Bringing “Aging with Grace” to Working Americans

Elias Papasavvas Describes the Unique Benefits of a Senior Line of Credit (Podcast)

How Elias Papasavvas Describes Elder Life Financial I believe that deep down just about every one of us is willing to give back to our parents. They were there holding our hands when we were young and vulnerable and now, when asked to hold theirs, I...

24 MIN2011 JUN 13
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Elias Papasavvas Describes the Unique Benefits of a Senior Line of Credit (Podcast)

Ellen Dunnigan Provides Dementia Care and “Relief” With Sollievo (Podcast)

Ellen Dunnigan combines dementia care with a 360-degree home care philosophy to provide a unique option for families struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The Sollievo model is one of many unique care models that are emerging as we grapple with how to care for our elders. What I found interesting about Ellen’s approach is her keen attention on serving the seniors AND providing stress relief to the family. How Ellen Describes Sollievo Sollievo is a care management network for families caring for an aging parent. We provide expert answers and relief to the daughters and sons who have taken on the exhausting caregiving of a parent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Typically we guide daughters who are trying to be both SuperMom and SuperDaughter, doing one job all day and then coming home in the evening to start the even tougher job. They are stressed out, tired of being tired, and feeling guilty; consumed with trying to be the “answer” to everyone including their siblings in other states. They wish someone else could help them without getting in the way. And they need just-in-time resources to safely keep their mother or father at home longer. Our process begins with a three-pronged assessment of the living environment, the well-being of the person diagnosed with dementia, and the burdens placed on family caregivers. We supply education and clarify expectations. We tailor strategies to make the days and nights better. Our 24/7 helpline is always answered live to address their immediate concerns. And most importantly we deliver the “just right” answers and network of services the first time, and every time. About Ellen Dunnigan As a strategist healthcare product development, and a Speech-Language Pathologist, Ellen Dunnigan has produced several healthcare product lines including Alzheimer’s care, Geri-psych programs, diabetes care, traumatic brain injury programs, and others. She has developed a balanced model of Alzheimer’s care for the long-term care segment which guides caregivers to exceptional results in patient care and meaningful resident days. Additionally, she has initiated a first-of-its-kind community model for the coordinated care of families caring for an aging parent diagnosed with dementia. Ellen has a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology, certification in gerontology and case management. She is the author of several best practice clinical and operational methods in Alzheimer’s care and speaks internationally. She founded Alzheimer’s Care Group in 2002 and has grown it to a nationwide consulting firm specializing in healthcare strategy. Alzheimer’s Care Group has five associates and operates in care settings in 30 states. Their community resource network is called “Sollievo” and operates throughout Indiana, with plans to expand to neighboring states. Contact Information Sollievo office: 317-218-5111 24-hour Helpline: 317-753-7447 Info@BeHomeLiveLife.com www.BeHomeLiveLife.com

24 MIN2011 JUN 13
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Ellen Dunnigan Provides Dementia Care and “Relief” With Sollievo (Podcast)

Laurie Widmark and Ageless Dreamer Make Seniors Terminally Alive (Podcast)

What is Ageless Dreamer? The mission of Ageless Dreamer is to make long held, heartfelt dreams come true for our oldest generation, encouraging them to dream out loud, enhancing their quality of life. A 501(c)3 non profit organization, Ageless Dr...

22 MIN2011 JUN 6
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Laurie Widmark and Ageless Dreamer Make Seniors Terminally Alive (Podcast)

Barbara Friesner Coaches the Generation Gap (Podcast)

As I mention at the beginning of the interview, I was excited to interview Barbara Friesner because I was not familiar with the term “generational coach.” As the interview progressed, it was clear that Barbara has a clear understanding of many of the experiences families might experience during the caregiving process. A few thoughts really struck me: Regardless of rivalries, siblings care about their parents (almost always) Caregiving is a way of honoring your parents Having a sibling out of the country puts an enormous pressure on the family About Barbara Friesner and AgeWiseLiving Barbara Friesner of AgeWiseLiving is a Generational Coach and an expert on issues affecting seniors and their families. As a Generational Coach, Barbara helps family members help their aging loved ones make and actually implement difficult decisions. Not only does she help the families know what to do, she also help the family communicate with their parents so their parents will actually do what’s in their best interest – usually the hard part. And, since sibling issues can be a big issue for many families, she also help siblings work successfully together. Eldercare was a journey that started for her more than 25 years as the caregiver first for her grandmother for many years and for the past 17 years for her mother who had severe advanced dementia and became a Generational Coach as a result of her more than 25 years of personal experience. Barbara is also the creator of The Ultimate Caregiver’s Success System which is filled with over 200 pages of easy-to-follow, well organized, step-by-step solutions that carefully guide you through your most pressing questions. The guide also has comprehensive checklists, and sample worksheets. The System also includes 8 CD’s which seamlessly guide you through the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ behind the what’s in the workbook so nothing is left to chance! In addition, because Barbara’s mother had dementia, this is a subject that is very near and dear to her heart so she created a CD called Is It Simple Forgetfulness or the Real Thing – which gives all kinds of information about dementia such as: What dementia is – and what it isn’t; other causes of forgetfulness (many of which can be stopped or reversed); how to communicate with someone with dementia; how to keep them as engaged and independent as possible for as long as possible. Barbara can be reached at: www.agewiseliving.com

30 MIN2011 MAY 30
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Barbara Friesner Coaches the Generation Gap (Podcast)

Suzanne Andrews Shares the Preventative Powers of Functional Fitness for Seniors (Podcast)

Suzanne Andrews is an occupational therapy practitioner and host of PBS TV’s Functional Fitness. Suzanne specializes in increasing peoples functional ability through medically engineered fitness techniques for the over 40 population. Functional Fitness doctor-recommended DVD’s are the only medically engineered programs that offer you the opportunity to increase your functional ability and focus on real-life fitness for real-life challenges. Whether you need to decrease stiffness and pain caused from arthritis, lose weight, improve your balance, increase your flexibility, get thicker, stronger bones because of osteoporosis, or improve the health of your neck and back, Suzanne Andrews vast therapeutic exercise knowledge will increase your health with special consideration on safety and injury prevention. In addition to overall strength and well-being, Functional Fitness is customized to address many common elder care medical issues, including: Arthritis relief Pain-free neck & back Bone building Brain power Diabetes Fat-burning COPD/asthma

20 MIN2011 MAY 23
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Suzanne Andrews Shares the Preventative Powers of Functional Fitness for Seniors (Podcast)

Sheldon Krechman and Peacemaker Corps – Seniors Rescuing At-Risk Youth

It seems like whenever the topic of elder care or “seniors” come up, the discussion immediately turns to medical, caregiving and financial issues. I was really happy to meet Sheldon Krechman and learn about his focus on keeping seniors engaged in th...

22 MIN2011 MAY 16
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Sheldon Krechman and Peacemaker Corps – Seniors Rescuing At-Risk Youth

Howard Gleckman – Caring for Our Parents (Podcast)

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents. For those of you who have not read his recent book, it is simply fascinating. Howard’s experience and approach as a journalist, combined with his obvious passion for elder care delivers an educational volume that is dense with fact and deep with emotion. In this 31 minute interview, Howard and I discuss the motivation for his book and the personal stories of several families he interviewed during his research. Howard also introduces several different models of elder care that are beginning to show real promise. As a journalist who has covered the Washington beat for many years, I couldn’t let him off the hook with his predictions for health care legislation. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Howard’s goal, as he put it, is to inspire people to stand up, get mad and do something about the current state of elder care. I think he achieves that with both his prior work and Caring for Our Parents. Thank you for being a Leader in Elder Care, Howard! About Howard Gleckman (in Howard’s Words) I’ve wanted to write Caring for Our Parents for more than a decade, since my wife Ann and I helped care for her dad and mine. I’ve written many short pieces about long-term care over the years, including some for Business Week, where I was senior correspondent in the magazine’s Washington bureau. I covered health and elder care as well as tax and budget issues there for nearly 20 years. But this story needed more than short magazine articles. And I didn’t want to write a how-to book. I had a different project in mind: a close-up, personal look at our nation’s dysfunctional system of delivering and paying for this assistance. And I wanted to tell this powerful story through the eyes of real families. My chance to write Caring for Our Parents came in 2006 when I received a media fellowship from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. At about the same time, I became a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and began writing for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report and other publications. That gave me the opportunity to take a leave from Business Week and work full-time researching, reporting, and writing about the subject I felt so passionately about: long-term care services. It was two years from my first preliminary interviews until I delivered a finished manuscript to St. Martin’s Press. I spent most of that time interviewing families and long-term care experts. But I also used the opportunity to volunteer. I became a senior advisor to Caring from a Distance, a non-profit organization that provides Web-based and telephone-assistance to long-distance caregivers; I helped give advice to seniors and their families at the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington; and I serve as co-chair of the Medical Quality Committee at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. and as an advisory member of the hospital’s Board of Directors. As my work on the book wound down, I took on another exciting challenge: I started a blog on economic and fiscal policy called TaxVox. I’m now spending about half of my time as a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, consultant to the Brookings Institution, and editor of TaxVox. I’ve also continued most of my volunteer work, and I’m spending lots of time writing and speaking on long-term care. Sometimes, I lecture to professional groups such as The National Council on Aging, the American Society on Aging, and the National Academy of Elder Care Attorneys. But my favorite audiences are made up of seniors and their adult children.

31 MIN2011 MAY 9
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Howard Gleckman – Caring for Our Parents (Podcast)

Debra Granich and The Red Hat Society Make Aging Fun

When the topic of aging parents pops up, many people immediately shift the conversation to healthcare, senior living communities or dementia. And that's fair, because many people don't often think of these things until it's crashing down upon them. ...

18 MIN2010 APR 27
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Debra Granich and The Red Hat Society Make Aging Fun
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Latest Episodes

Shawn Bloom Leads PACE On the Path to Preventative Senior Care

For those of you who are not familiar with the PACE alternative of care, you will find this model very interesting. PACE is one of the alternative models of care that is funded by Medicare and take a unique financial approach. As you will learn in the interview with Shawn Bloom, president and CEO of the National PACE Association, PACE programs are financially motivated to following preventative paths of cafe – a unique occurrence in health care today. This incentive forces PACE Centers to take more of a 360-degree view of care than many care models available. Shawn’s Description of the PACE Model Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are innovative because they provide continuous care and services offering individuals eligible for nursing home care the option of continuing to live in the community. Because these health care costs are traditionally paid for through the Medicare and Medicaid programs and out of people’s pockets, access to a comprehensive system of care that encompasses preventive, primary, acute and long term care is usually not possible. One key to the PACE model is the combining of dollars from different funding streams in order to deliver a comprehensive set of services focused on the health and well-being of the individual. Because PACE delivers care differently from traditional long term care providers, it can be difficult to understand how all the elements of the program work together. For example, the public may be mostly aware of the PACE program’s vans that provide transportation to PACE participants. Policy makers may view PACE as a program that integrates Medicare and long term care funding in a way that saves taxpayer dollars while providing more effective care. PACE participants and their family members might see the PACE center that they attend as the central part of the program. But it is the combination of the different components of the PACE model, including the work of the interdisciplinary team, that results in care and services that are tailored to the individual needs of each PACE participant. What is PACE? The ability to coordinate the care of each participant enrolled in PACE is key to the model. PACE programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so that their participants can continue living in the community. To understand how PACE works, it is important to learn about the components of PACE that enable it to respond to the unique needs of each participant enrolled in the program. Interdisciplinary Teams: Teams comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, therapists, van drivers, aides and others — meet regularly to exchange information and solve problems as the conditions and needs of PACE participants change. Through interdisciplinary teams, the viewpoints of different disciplines are brought together, and information gained through interaction with the PACE participants over time and in different settings is shared. This approach empowers those involved and allows more information to be available at the critical points when decisions are being made. Capitated Payment Arrangements: PACE receives a monthly capitated payment (i.e., a lump sum from Medicare combined with Medicaid or a participant’s private pay resources that is used to pay for a variety of comprehensive services) and is responsible for the care their participants need. As such, the financial interests of the PACE program and the care needs of the persons they serve are aligned in a unique way. Regardless of whether needed services would be reimbursed under traditional fee-for-service Medicare and Medicaid, PACE provides a comprehensive set of preventive, primary, acute and long term care services that are specifically tailored to the needs of each PACE participant to help them avoid hospital or nursing home placement to the greatest extent possible.

24 MIN2011 JUN 27
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Shawn Bloom Leads PACE On the Path to Preventative Senior Care

Patricia Grace and Rita Files – Bringing “Aging with Grace” to Working Americans

Patricia and Rita’s Description of Aging With Grace Aging with Grace is the solution for labor and management to accommodate an aging societies shifting needs and handling of eldercare issues with respect and dignity allowing all to age with grace. We approach each situation on an individual basis with patience, understanding and expert knowledge to offer the best solution and resources. Advances in medicine and technology are allowing people to live longer, resulting in the need for many individuals active in the work force to be faced with the need to manage their loved ones’ eldercare needs. Patricia Grace and Rita Files have created the solution to elder care stress in the work place through Aging with Grace. Their extensive working knowledge of programs serving older adults and experience in long-term care services, organizations, policies and financing across the continuum to include nursing homes, assisted living and Alzheimer’s Care allows them to lead and guide individuals on eldercare issues that are relevant and critically important to all and that can provide distractions and increased stress on employees. Their focus is on reducing or eliminating the emotional impact that aging issues have not only for an individual but also, for the entire family. The Aging with Grace Program embraces three specific areas of concentration: education, coordination, and facilitation: Education: regarding care options (nursing care, Alzheimer’s care, home care, etc), financial obligations, caregiver issues and stress, funding options including the VA Pension for Aid & Attendance and Medicaid and Medicare. Coordination: for the selection of providers, referrals to physicians, elder care attorney’s, financial planners, senior relocation specialists and acting as liaison with families at a distance. Facilitation: for placement in senior living communities, nursing homes, in-home services or adult day care. Unique Business Model The Aging with Grace Program is primarily a membership model that is being marketed to unions, large employer groups and benefit consultants, who in turn market the program to their employees and members as a “voluntary benefit.” The annual fee is $34.95 per year for individuals Union Plus members are offered the program for $24.95 per year. The AWG Program is also available to large groups who wish to provide this program as a paid benefit for their members. The program includes: Unlimited telephone access, to experienced elder care specialists for assistance with immediate needs, program and enrollment information. Access to a dedicated area on the AWG website that includes resource information and a Caregiver Tool Kit and tips for managing caregiver stress. Member discounts for senior services and programs from participating providers negotiated by AWG exclusively for members. Provider quality assurance program as well as member satisfaction programs. Online member caregiver support group Monthly caregiver newsletter About Patricia Grace With over 18 years experience in the senior health field, Patricia Grace recognized the needs of our aging population and their families and founded Aging with Grace. As a Certified Senior Advisor, she offers in depth knowledge on Medicare/Medicaid and Long Term Care insurances. Ms. Grace has worked extensively in the assisted living and long term care industry educating the elderly and their children on senior housing, Alzheimer’s care, home care and adult day care options. She appears frequently on TV and radio discussing topics from senior housing to care giver stress in the work place. Patricia has been actively involved in community and non profit organizations such as the Twilight Wish Foundation, CAPS, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, National Association of Certified Geriatric Care Managers, Eastern PA Geriatric Council and the American Society on Aging.

24 MIN2011 JUN 20
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Patricia Grace and Rita Files – Bringing “Aging with Grace” to Working Americans

Elias Papasavvas Describes the Unique Benefits of a Senior Line of Credit (Podcast)

How Elias Papasavvas Describes Elder Life Financial I believe that deep down just about every one of us is willing to give back to our parents. They were there holding our hands when we were young and vulnerable and now, when asked to hold theirs, I...

24 MIN2011 JUN 13
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Elias Papasavvas Describes the Unique Benefits of a Senior Line of Credit (Podcast)

Ellen Dunnigan Provides Dementia Care and “Relief” With Sollievo (Podcast)

Ellen Dunnigan combines dementia care with a 360-degree home care philosophy to provide a unique option for families struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The Sollievo model is one of many unique care models that are emerging as we grapple with how to care for our elders. What I found interesting about Ellen’s approach is her keen attention on serving the seniors AND providing stress relief to the family. How Ellen Describes Sollievo Sollievo is a care management network for families caring for an aging parent. We provide expert answers and relief to the daughters and sons who have taken on the exhausting caregiving of a parent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Typically we guide daughters who are trying to be both SuperMom and SuperDaughter, doing one job all day and then coming home in the evening to start the even tougher job. They are stressed out, tired of being tired, and feeling guilty; consumed with trying to be the “answer” to everyone including their siblings in other states. They wish someone else could help them without getting in the way. And they need just-in-time resources to safely keep their mother or father at home longer. Our process begins with a three-pronged assessment of the living environment, the well-being of the person diagnosed with dementia, and the burdens placed on family caregivers. We supply education and clarify expectations. We tailor strategies to make the days and nights better. Our 24/7 helpline is always answered live to address their immediate concerns. And most importantly we deliver the “just right” answers and network of services the first time, and every time. About Ellen Dunnigan As a strategist healthcare product development, and a Speech-Language Pathologist, Ellen Dunnigan has produced several healthcare product lines including Alzheimer’s care, Geri-psych programs, diabetes care, traumatic brain injury programs, and others. She has developed a balanced model of Alzheimer’s care for the long-term care segment which guides caregivers to exceptional results in patient care and meaningful resident days. Additionally, she has initiated a first-of-its-kind community model for the coordinated care of families caring for an aging parent diagnosed with dementia. Ellen has a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology, certification in gerontology and case management. She is the author of several best practice clinical and operational methods in Alzheimer’s care and speaks internationally. She founded Alzheimer’s Care Group in 2002 and has grown it to a nationwide consulting firm specializing in healthcare strategy. Alzheimer’s Care Group has five associates and operates in care settings in 30 states. Their community resource network is called “Sollievo” and operates throughout Indiana, with plans to expand to neighboring states. Contact Information Sollievo office: 317-218-5111 24-hour Helpline: 317-753-7447 Info@BeHomeLiveLife.com www.BeHomeLiveLife.com

24 MIN2011 JUN 13
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Ellen Dunnigan Provides Dementia Care and “Relief” With Sollievo (Podcast)

Laurie Widmark and Ageless Dreamer Make Seniors Terminally Alive (Podcast)

What is Ageless Dreamer? The mission of Ageless Dreamer is to make long held, heartfelt dreams come true for our oldest generation, encouraging them to dream out loud, enhancing their quality of life. A 501(c)3 non profit organization, Ageless Dr...

22 MIN2011 JUN 6
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Laurie Widmark and Ageless Dreamer Make Seniors Terminally Alive (Podcast)

Barbara Friesner Coaches the Generation Gap (Podcast)

As I mention at the beginning of the interview, I was excited to interview Barbara Friesner because I was not familiar with the term “generational coach.” As the interview progressed, it was clear that Barbara has a clear understanding of many of the experiences families might experience during the caregiving process. A few thoughts really struck me: Regardless of rivalries, siblings care about their parents (almost always) Caregiving is a way of honoring your parents Having a sibling out of the country puts an enormous pressure on the family About Barbara Friesner and AgeWiseLiving Barbara Friesner of AgeWiseLiving is a Generational Coach and an expert on issues affecting seniors and their families. As a Generational Coach, Barbara helps family members help their aging loved ones make and actually implement difficult decisions. Not only does she help the families know what to do, she also help the family communicate with their parents so their parents will actually do what’s in their best interest – usually the hard part. And, since sibling issues can be a big issue for many families, she also help siblings work successfully together. Eldercare was a journey that started for her more than 25 years as the caregiver first for her grandmother for many years and for the past 17 years for her mother who had severe advanced dementia and became a Generational Coach as a result of her more than 25 years of personal experience. Barbara is also the creator of The Ultimate Caregiver’s Success System which is filled with over 200 pages of easy-to-follow, well organized, step-by-step solutions that carefully guide you through your most pressing questions. The guide also has comprehensive checklists, and sample worksheets. The System also includes 8 CD’s which seamlessly guide you through the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ behind the what’s in the workbook so nothing is left to chance! In addition, because Barbara’s mother had dementia, this is a subject that is very near and dear to her heart so she created a CD called Is It Simple Forgetfulness or the Real Thing – which gives all kinds of information about dementia such as: What dementia is – and what it isn’t; other causes of forgetfulness (many of which can be stopped or reversed); how to communicate with someone with dementia; how to keep them as engaged and independent as possible for as long as possible. Barbara can be reached at: www.agewiseliving.com

30 MIN2011 MAY 30
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Barbara Friesner Coaches the Generation Gap (Podcast)

Suzanne Andrews Shares the Preventative Powers of Functional Fitness for Seniors (Podcast)

Suzanne Andrews is an occupational therapy practitioner and host of PBS TV’s Functional Fitness. Suzanne specializes in increasing peoples functional ability through medically engineered fitness techniques for the over 40 population. Functional Fitness doctor-recommended DVD’s are the only medically engineered programs that offer you the opportunity to increase your functional ability and focus on real-life fitness for real-life challenges. Whether you need to decrease stiffness and pain caused from arthritis, lose weight, improve your balance, increase your flexibility, get thicker, stronger bones because of osteoporosis, or improve the health of your neck and back, Suzanne Andrews vast therapeutic exercise knowledge will increase your health with special consideration on safety and injury prevention. In addition to overall strength and well-being, Functional Fitness is customized to address many common elder care medical issues, including: Arthritis relief Pain-free neck & back Bone building Brain power Diabetes Fat-burning COPD/asthma

20 MIN2011 MAY 23
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Suzanne Andrews Shares the Preventative Powers of Functional Fitness for Seniors (Podcast)

Sheldon Krechman and Peacemaker Corps – Seniors Rescuing At-Risk Youth

It seems like whenever the topic of elder care or “seniors” come up, the discussion immediately turns to medical, caregiving and financial issues. I was really happy to meet Sheldon Krechman and learn about his focus on keeping seniors engaged in th...

22 MIN2011 MAY 16
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Howard Gleckman – Caring for Our Parents (Podcast)

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents. For those of you who have not read his recent book, it is simply fascinating. Howard’s experience and approach as a journalist, combined with his obvious passion for elder care delivers an educational volume that is dense with fact and deep with emotion. In this 31 minute interview, Howard and I discuss the motivation for his book and the personal stories of several families he interviewed during his research. Howard also introduces several different models of elder care that are beginning to show real promise. As a journalist who has covered the Washington beat for many years, I couldn’t let him off the hook with his predictions for health care legislation. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Howard’s goal, as he put it, is to inspire people to stand up, get mad and do something about the current state of elder care. I think he achieves that with both his prior work and Caring for Our Parents. Thank you for being a Leader in Elder Care, Howard! About Howard Gleckman (in Howard’s Words) I’ve wanted to write Caring for Our Parents for more than a decade, since my wife Ann and I helped care for her dad and mine. I’ve written many short pieces about long-term care over the years, including some for Business Week, where I was senior correspondent in the magazine’s Washington bureau. I covered health and elder care as well as tax and budget issues there for nearly 20 years. But this story needed more than short magazine articles. And I didn’t want to write a how-to book. I had a different project in mind: a close-up, personal look at our nation’s dysfunctional system of delivering and paying for this assistance. And I wanted to tell this powerful story through the eyes of real families. My chance to write Caring for Our Parents came in 2006 when I received a media fellowship from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. At about the same time, I became a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and began writing for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report and other publications. That gave me the opportunity to take a leave from Business Week and work full-time researching, reporting, and writing about the subject I felt so passionately about: long-term care services. It was two years from my first preliminary interviews until I delivered a finished manuscript to St. Martin’s Press. I spent most of that time interviewing families and long-term care experts. But I also used the opportunity to volunteer. I became a senior advisor to Caring from a Distance, a non-profit organization that provides Web-based and telephone-assistance to long-distance caregivers; I helped give advice to seniors and their families at the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington; and I serve as co-chair of the Medical Quality Committee at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. and as an advisory member of the hospital’s Board of Directors. As my work on the book wound down, I took on another exciting challenge: I started a blog on economic and fiscal policy called TaxVox. I’m now spending about half of my time as a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, consultant to the Brookings Institution, and editor of TaxVox. I’ve also continued most of my volunteer work, and I’m spending lots of time writing and speaking on long-term care. Sometimes, I lecture to professional groups such as The National Council on Aging, the American Society on Aging, and the National Academy of Elder Care Attorneys. But my favorite audiences are made up of seniors and their adult children.

31 MIN2011 MAY 9
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Howard Gleckman – Caring for Our Parents (Podcast)

Debra Granich and The Red Hat Society Make Aging Fun

When the topic of aging parents pops up, many people immediately shift the conversation to healthcare, senior living communities or dementia. And that's fair, because many people don't often think of these things until it's crashing down upon them. ...

18 MIN2010 APR 27
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Debra Granich and The Red Hat Society Make Aging Fun
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