Aging Life Network

Aging Life Network

When families or friends are concerned about or trying to assist an aging loved one, they enter a world with a language of its own. Navigating the healthcare, legal, financial, medical and day-to-day care needs of a senior needing assistance is a significant task. Understanding that world and its language reduces stress and ensures that those we love live their best life, regardless of the current circumstance. We share the most accurate and up to date information available for those caring for loved ones. We talk with experts in the various disciplines related to aging such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, neuropsychologists, dementia behavior experts, home care and facility owners/managers, and Aging Life professionals. I also talk with authors of books about the experience of aging and caregiving, as well as those developing new technologies and experts in assisting families with the conflict that often arises under the stress of caring.

Episodes

December 12, 2021 60 min
Many of us are gathering during the holidays for the first time in two years. The stress of the season and such gatherings may be exacerbated when the changing needs and challenges of elder care is put into the equation. It is common for family members to have differing views on an aging loved one’s status, care needs and future planning decisions. The stress of elder care can bring up old conflicts and begin to fracture even the...
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Many families are enjoying holiday visits after a long separation due to the pandemic. You may have visited recently or have plans to do so soon. Whether you live near or far, when you have not seen an older loved one for many months, you may notice some changes or decline. It may not be easily identified but things seem different now that you are there in person. Loved ones who may be experiencing an age-related decline do not a...
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In the confusing world of trusts, there is one trust that you will want to know about for your aging loved one and that is the Special Needs Trust. This trust allows your loved one to remain on, or qualify for, Federal, State and other benefits while having funds in trust to assist with approved costs. If you have a sibling or are a parent of an adult with special needs, this is important for you to learn about. If you have a pa...
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August 18, 2021 60 min
Learning and Memory are connected to how we engage our senses in the world around us because our brain is beautifully wired to learn through our eyes, our ears, our hands, our taste, and our heart. Our brain learns through our senses because when we see, hear, taste, touch, or smell something, we create neural connections – we tell two brain cells to “connect”, to “talk”. The more these brain cells link together, we create a neura...
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Reverse mortgages can offer seniors and those caring for a loved one the opportunity to remain in a home and age in place. Many dismiss the use of a reverse mortgage without a full understanding of the features, benefits and costs associated with this financing instrument. My guest, Millie Garcia, is a reverse mortgage expert. She and I will discuss those instances when a reverse mortgage may make sense for a senior who wants to...
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Seniors considering a move to a retirement community or families managing the care and finances for a loved one so often do not look beyond the option of selling the home that has been occupied for many years. The sale of a home brings with it tax consequences and the need to re-invest proceeds. This week we will be exploring keeping the home and using the home as an income producing asset that can supplement you or your loved on...
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The death of a loved one requires the distribution of that person’s property, cash, retirement/investment accounts and real estate. In many instances having a personal representative, or executor, of the estate is necessary and working within the probate court is required. In some States, this can be an expensive and complex process, while in others relatively simple. My guest, Probate Judge Cristy Carbon-Gaul, will talk with us ...
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Sharing your medical treatment and end of life wishes and with those you love, about what you want, or what your loved one wants, can be a difficult conversation to have. Most often we believe that because we have seen a lawyer and completed our Advance Directives that there is nothing more to do or say. Such is not the case, says our special guest this week, Joan Gibson. Joan and I will discuss the many “what if’s” that such l...
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Are you a Guardian or Conservator for an incapacitated adult? Does what you are reading and hearing in the Britney Spears case concern you? I, your host Nancy Oriola, was introduced to the professional world of Guardianship and Conservatorship as it was developing in the late 1980’s and began working directly as both a corporate Guardian and Conservator a decade later. As a nationally certified master’s level guardian, I have ha...
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Join me as I talk with one of my most lively guests! TracyB makes talking about Medicare a more enjoyable experience. When it comes to understanding all things Medicare, she is the person I turn to. She will share with us the 5 biggest Medicare mistakes people make. I guarantee you will gain a better understanding of this often confusing area of healthcare and meet the person you will want to call to help you determine the best...
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How do you evaluate the unique care needs of your loved one, and what systems do you have in place to assist with the management of their care? Managing care includes medications, appointments, caregiver schedules and the communication of information with other family members. Our guest, Jordan Webster, spent several years working with caregiving families and repeatedly saw their struggle to managing the many moving parts associa...
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Aging Life Care Professionals®, called Geriatric Care Managers for 30+ years, is a professional group that has seen exponential growth as our aging population has mushroomed. Most families in highly populated areas of the country have heard of this unique professional. At a time when many professionals begin to enter the aging world – calling themselves experts, families need to understand what assistance is available and why...
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Wouldn’t it be fantastic if our brain function could improve as we age! We hear so much about our risk of developing dementia, let’s spend some time to understand more about the science of the brain in terms of brain health and growth. One of the primary tenets of brain health is continuing to learn new things. The science of neuroplasticity and the impact of learning new things on the brain is remarkable. As the founder of Lea...
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As we complete our Boomer series, I would like to end on a hopeful and uplifting topic and that is creating the life you want. Baby Boomers have been given the gift of a longer life expectancy thanks to modern medicine. For most boomers aging is not so much about getting old as it is a new time of life. Many are asking themselves, “What’s next?”. When we look to what some may term our “third act” or perhaps “fourth act”, who we...
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Baby boomers are the first generation to be responsible for the investment of their savings. Previous generations were mostly covered by defined benefit pension plans where employers made all the investment decisions. Today most baby boomers are invested 60/40 stocks/bonds. This is a mistake for most, says my guest Ron Surz, because baby boomers are in what Ron calls the “Risk Zone”. Ron’s passion is helping his fellow baby boomer...
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Are you part of the Baby Boom generation? Or are you caring for or have a loved one who is a Boomer? As part of my series focused on Boomers I will be joined today by Daniel Zeman, an author, speaker and exercise physiologist on a mission. Dan will share his unique perspective about health and aging based on more than 40 years in the health, wellness, fitness and sports medicine arenas. His message to male Baby Boomers, captured ...
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Are you part of the Baby Boom generation? Or are you caring for or have a loved one who is a Boomer? My guest, Rick Bava, is one of America’s prominent thought leaders on the Boomer generation. His book, “In Search of the Baby Boom Generation” was the culmination of his travels and conversations with Boomers throughout the United States from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. We will discuss what he learned in his...
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Many studies, conducted around the world, have identified the significant value and importance of connecting youth with seniors. When they serve each other, the lives of the seniors and the youth are greatly enhanced and contribute to overcoming many of the challenges these two groups commonly face, including loneliness, isolation, depression, and suicide. Through serving each other their feelings of self worth and their happines...
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May 5, 2021 60 min
Driving is probably one of the biggest challenges faced by seniors and those concerned about a loved one as they age. Driving represents independence and freedom in a way few other activities of daily living do. Seniors sometimes feel others are telling them to stop when they simply do not agree it’s a problem. Families plead with primary care physicians and loved ones about safety. Adult children discuss ways of “taking the ca...
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Alzheimer’s disease represents 50% of all types of dementia. The next two types most often diagnosed are Vascular dementia and Frontal-Temporal dementia. Vascular dementia can be overlooked because it does not necessarily impair memory or language, thus the observation that your loved one “presents well”. A person with Vascular dementia may score within normal range on most standardized tests given by health care professionals. ...
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