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.... Show More

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October 21, 2020 60 min
Dementia too often brings with it periods of behaviors that are mind boggling to family and caregivers. Such behaviors might include yelling, hitting or paranoia coupled with accusations. It is frightening for those witnessing these behaviors and there is much confusion about how to manage a loved one experiencing and acting out these behaviors. Many turn to psychotropic medications to manage these behaviors but find the trade ...
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Sharing your end-of-life and medical treatment wishes 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 legal ...
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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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September 30, 2020 60 min
Caregivers often hear, “You have to take care of yourself! “ What if you knew that a few small changes could mean less stress and exhaustion? And that while improving your own quality of life, you were also improving the quality of life for those you care for? What if those small changes could help you avoid dementia yourself? Former Alzheimer’s Association Development Director turned nationally Certified Health Coach, Nika Lawri...
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A medical emergency is never expected and is always disruptive. COVID has families more aware of the possibility. Whether your loved one lives near or far, is in their home or assisted living, taking steps to prepare for a 911 call and visit to an emergency room can make the difference between timely and safe treatment vs. serious consequences. Are you or your loved one prepared for an emergency? I will be talking with two guests...
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When a loved one says those words, “I Don’t Need Help” or “I am Fine”, there is often something else going on. They may lack insight due to a real medical or cognitive problem or they may be in denial. Very often seniors fear that if they admit to needing help others will swoop in and take over their life - or worse yet, put them in a home! Many families fear imposing help on their loved one out of concern that the senior will b...
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September 9, 2020 60 min
The choice of whether to move your loved one into your home, or to move into their home is a significant one. In many instances a decision must be made quickly. Or what you believe will be temporary becomes permanent. Whether due to an acute change in health, the death of their spouse, or a reaction to the Covid spread in Assisted Living and Long Term Care Facilities; if you are caring for a loved one in your/their home, or cons...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has many Americans concerned about the safety of those they love including children, friends and especially older family members. The CDC notes that among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults over age 65 being at highest risk. In fact 8 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. have been our elders. How do these facts impact the choices and care options families must co...
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