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  • 01:02

    What is it Like to Actually “Experience Dementia?”

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    A “Virtual Dementia Tour” can help you experience what it feels like to have dementia, gaining empathy that stays with you for a lifetime.
    Today we are broadcasting live from Summerset Senior Living in Rancho Cordova and sharing first hand the dementia tour, replicating as closely as possible what it is like to have loss of brain function and dementia symptoms. This tour is about changing your perspective on dementia and learning what it feels like to live with not only the physical deterioration associated with dementia, such as pain in your feet and hands, but also the confusion and sense of overwhelm that often comes with loss of normal brain function.
    Join Laura Wayman, the Dementia Whisperer, live, along with her Co-host Scott Cluthe, and the amazing team here at Summerset as we share the dementia experience with many of the participants.
    Perhaps the most compelling measure of the tour’s effect is the stories that participants tell, tune in as we talk with caregivers and staff before and after they take this impactful eight minute tour.
    You don’t want to miss this insightful opportunity to deeply and profoundly understand and share how it “feels” to have dementia symptoms.
    This is a live broadcast-we encourage you to call-1-929-477-1393- and join us on the air, or download this podcast and enjoy it later.

  • 00:49

    EFC: Episode 31 Interview with Beth Scibienski

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    Welcome to the Empowered Family Caregiver Podcast with Tandy Elisala 
    Episode 31 Interview with Beth Scibienski
    I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Beth Scibienski on my Empowered Family Caregiver podcast. We talked about her journey with her late husband, Pete and the power of compassion and vulnerability. We also discussed Beth’s new book, Who Is God When We Hurt? and what inspired her to write this book. Beth shares a useful and thoughtful tip about the power of having a sacred inner circle.
    We also talked about how difficult things can be during the holiday. Hear Beth’s advice to reduce caregiver stress, how she found her best during what seemed like her worst, what she is grateful for and her advice for keeping hope alive. 
    Beth Scibienski is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, a vibrant congregation in central NJ, who loves, learns and laughs together. She started working at Grace one month before her late husband was diagnosed with Secondary Progessive Multiple Sclerosis. Learn more about Beth here: www.bethscib.com
    I invite you to join our private FB group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/empoweredfamilycaregiver/

  • 00:58

    Focusing on What Matters Most

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    Five Wishes takes the guessing out of caring. It is a comprehensive program taht helps guide you, your loved ones, your trusted advisors, and your healthcare team through convesrations before a health crises. More people have used the Five Wishes document for their living will or advance directive than any other document.

  • 00:26

    Navigating Healthcare for Your Loved One - An Interview with Dr. Rochester

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    Dr. Rochester was the caregiver for her father who developed dementia.  She is also a Pediatrician, so thought navigating through the healthcare system and advocating for her dad would be easy.  Along the way, she discovered just how difficult this world is and what a nightmare it is to communicate and coordinate with all the different providers involved in his care.  Through this experience, Dr. Rochester felt a calling to help other caregivers in this situation.  She left her practice to begin a new venture - yourgpsdoc.com.  Dr. Rochester joins me to discuss what she learned first hand and offer tips to help other caregivers working their way through the healthcare quagmire.

  • 00:28

    Special Guest Christie Zink Talks about her EB Awareness & Research Efforts

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    In honor of EB Awareness week today we'll be joined by Christie Zink, founder of "I Refuse EB" and her efforts to raise Awareness and funds to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa.
    irefuseEB.org was launched in 2012 to help raise awareness for EB, promote advocacy and support the research efforts taking place at the University of Minnesota by Dr. Jakub Tolar.

  • 00:31

    Coping with Caregiver Stress

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    Elizabeth Miller, a caregiving advocate and writer, helps caregivers with stress management and has creative ways to cope including humor! She is currently a caregiver for her aging mother.
    Kim Shea is a former caregiver. She writes about caregiving and aging issues and has a daily thoughts email tailored to caregivers.
    Caregivers are encouraged to call in live with their questions!

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  • 00:18

    The Caregivers Training Program: Taking Care of Your Parents

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    On this episode of The Senior Smart Show, we talk about the book called The Caregivers Training Program. As we grow older, the baby boomers, Generation X and everyone in between will be touched in some way by the issues of elder care. It is a never-ending maze of doctors, specialists, health care facility choices, hospice, estate planning, benefits and stress. You find yourself asking so many questions:
    How do you know if your parent needs at-home care, an assisted living facility or skilled nursing care? When do you make a move, and better yet, how do you approach your parents with the discussion? How do you convince your parent it's not safe for him to drive anymore? How do you protect the family assets while maintaining eligibility for government benefits? How do you pay for it all? I’m here to tell you the answers are not easy, nor were they easily discovered... until now. The Caregiver's Training Program provides guidance on everything from basic mobility aids to dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson Disease and more. This book is designed to help you manage the day to day aspects of your parent's care, written in plain language understandable by anyone. Also includes the Medicare Minute. Hosted by Melissa Sprouse Browne.

  • 00:28

    Jennifer talks with MyElderAdvocate owners Ruthayn Sgaglio and Susie Cabanas

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    A discussion with “my elder advocates”. Learn important info about premature nursing home discharges and other facts to help keep seniors safe.
    Because we understand that caring for an aging loved one can be as challenging as it is rewarding. It can overwhelm even the most patient of people.
    Whatever challenge you might face – whether you are considering hiring a home health agency or seeking placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home – we’re here for you.
    In times of crisis, you may feel you’re all alone. We assure you, you’re not. We’re here. When you need us , call us in Westchester, NY at 914-292-0444.

  • 00:45

    The New Primary Care Experience for Seniors with Oak Street Health's Dr. Myers

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    Welcome to SIlver Dawn Radio with your Hosts Tami Neumann & Cathy Braxton
    RAW ~ Real & Wholehearted Conversations
    The New Primary Care Experience for Seniors with Oak Street Health's Dr. Griffin Myers
    We sit down in conversation, on location,  with Dr. Griffin Myers as he shares the story behind Oak Street Health and how they are blazing the trail with cutting edge ideas and concepts to help seniors stay healthy.  Oak Street Health spends more time with their patients creating relationships and providing important programs to support local seniors.  Join us as we dig deep.
    Dr. Griffin Myers is a board certified emergency physician, entrepreneur, and nationally recognized thought leader in healthcare innovation and value-based care. He began his career as a global strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group working primarily at the intersection of healthcare and financial services in markets around the globe including the U.S., Brazil, China, and Western Europe. Dr. Myers has a B.S. from Davidson College, an M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s Hospitals. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and an Adjunct Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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  • 00:30

    Watch out! Seniors with Dysfunctional Families

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    When adult children with aging loved ones start working the family on planning for the future they comment, “On, this will be interesting because my family does not get along”.  This is a red flag that this family maybe dealing with dysfunction from their earlier years.  There may have been the presence of alcohol, emotional distance, unclear boundaries and a lack of communication.  As a friend explained her childhood, “It was like walking on eggshells.”
    A functional family can more easily address the decline of their parent because they were raised to solve problems a group.  They communicate well, that does not mean they can place their parent in an assisted living without emotions.
    This radio segment will delve into the traits of functional and dysfunctional families along with solutions for families caring for their senior.
    Listen in at http://tobtr.com/s/6305645 on May 28th at 10am MDT.

  • 01:09

    The Rehab & Recovery Chronicles 5: Radical Ways to Free Yourself from Addiction

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    It's time. It's time to look at ourselves in the mirror and really have a deep conversation with ourselves. Is what we're doing with our addictions keeping us alive? It's 'in our face' loudly that many people out there using conventional methods geared towards addiction or recovery are completely LOST. The program(s) they are using or have used are just not working - not to their satisfaction anyway. So here we are...
    Tonight we are headed into a huge staredown with POST ACUTE WITHDRAWL SYNDROME.
    According to ADDICTIONS and RECOVERY.org, they state this:
    There are two stages of withdrawal. The first stage is the acute stage, which usually lasts at most a few weeks. During this stage, you may experience physical withdrawal symptoms. But every drug is different, and every person is different.
    The second stage of withdrawal is called the Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). During this stage you'll have fewer physical symptoms, but more emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
    Post-acute withdrawal occurs because your brain chemistry is gradually returning to normal. As your brain improves the levels of your brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
    The Symptoms of Post-Acute Withdrawal
    The most common post-acute withdrawal symptoms are:
    Mood swings Anxiety Irritability Tiredness Variable energy Low enthusiasm Variable concentration Disturbed sleep During this segment, we will discuss these points, and what one can do to overcome PAWS in a much faster turn around time. If you believe you fall into the category of experiencing Post Acute Withdrawl Syndrome, you are not alone. Please join us tonight at 8:00 pm, PST.