Seniors STRAIGHT Talk

Seniors STRAIGHT Talk

Seniors STRAIGHT Talk, formerly Voices For Eldercare Advocacy, is rebranding with expanded content and topics. The podcast will continue to highlight the all-important relevant issues for seniors, their families, loved ones and the population at large, who ultimately are our future selves. Through informative and engaging conversations with thought leaders, professionals, and individuals who share their experiences, listeners will gain insights and information that will be meaningful for their everyday lives. Phyllis’ expertise captures the essence of the topic of the day and translates it into relevant discussion that provides insight into everyday problems. As we transition into elderhood, which Phyllis calls the third act of life, seniors are entitled to have a quality and fulfilling life with dignity, respect and purpose no matter the age, condition or living environment. Seniors STRAIGHT Talk is available to listen and download on all your favorite podcast platforms.

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May 4, 2021 51 min
Paragon Global Resources has provided relocation services for companies and executives around the world for decades. However, Joe Morabito's personal experiences with his parents helped become the impetus for expanding into providing valuable resources for older adults and their families as they transition from their own home to assisted living or nursing home environments. His company not only can hold your hand through the pr...
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Paragon Global Resources has provided relocation services for companies and executives around the world for decades. However, Joe Morabito's personal experiences with his parents helped become the impetus for expanding into providing valuable resources for older adults and their families as they transition from their own home to assisted living or nursing home environments. His company not only can hold your hand through the pr...
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Do you have or have you had a loved one in a nursing home? Have you every been in a nursing home? Are you contemplating a move to a nursing home for a loved one or for yourself? Whether or not you live in California there is much to learn from Mike Dark about the state of nursing homes in every state in the country. The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is a a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization t...
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April 6, 2021 67 min
The labyrinth of long-term care and long-term care insurance is a daunting one for most people. Unfortunately, many people haven't prepared for the unexpected or, in the case of older adults oftentimes the inevitable. Ben Rao's new book: Paying For Long Term Care, comes from his personal journey with his stepfather Tom and his years working in the senior year living industry. As Ben recounts his journey, it may sound like...
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Do you know what role a Long Term Care Ombudsman plays? CT State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Mairead Painter explains the role of Long-Term Care Ombudsman who they are, how you can find them and the reasons you may need to contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Long-Term Care Ombudsman work to improve the quality of life and quality of care for nursing home residents, people residing in residential care homes and assisted living resid...
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Robert Kramer has been on the forefront of thought leadership for decades; his thought leadership in the field of aging and aging services is unparalleled. In recognizing the importance of rethinking aging from every angle he knew the importance of having conversations across disciplines. Thus, he launched NEXUS Insights, an organization which engages a network of leading thinkers and thinking leaders to provide insights and develo...
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Paul Irving was the first guest when Voices for Eldercare Advocacy was launched as a radio show in September 2019. Now, on the one year anniversary since the coronavirus made its way to the United States, Paul Irving returns to talk about what it has meant for older adults, our attitudes towards older adults, caring and treatment of older adults, and how we are going to move ahead to reimagine care and living environments for peopl...
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As a journalist, Alex Spanko sees the eldercare space from a different perspective. He contends rather than the usual discussions that involve looking at it from an either or, black or white perspective, there is nuance which warrants consideration. in his February 2021 article in Skilled Nursing News: Everyone is Right About What's Wrong With Nursing Homes squarely addresses this issue. It's not one segment pitted agai...
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The Pioneer Network has been a leader in the culture change movement for how we treat and care for residents of nursing homes and Penny Cook has been the leader in that movement for many years. This episode will focus on the meaning of culture change, Pioneer Network's latest initiatives, including the acronym CHANGE and what it stands for, what some leaders are doing to change the model of care in their nursing homes so they ...
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Dr. David Grabowski, a highly respected thought leader, researcher, and advisor to the federal government, provides valuable insights into a system on which over 1.4 million adults are dependent for care. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in nursing homes, Dr, Grabowski sheds light on the important issues that need attention in order for nursing homes to provide safe, quality care and quality life for resid...
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AARP's 2021 legislative agenda includes reforms which will impact quality of life and quality of care for nursing home residents, they include: Improved infection control standards, minimum staffing requirements, adequate PPE supply, ensuring regular virtual visits and advocating for a living wage for healthcare workers who often have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. One of AARP's recent successes was influencing ...
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Lori's never stops innovating, Her passion for providing resources related to dementia and Alzheimer's Disease is never ending and she has done it again; creating the Dementia Map Global Resource Directory a dream she's had for 30+ years. Lori will explain the ins and outs of this valuable tool for caregivers, families, professionals and persons with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. The Dementia Map Global Res...
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Next Avenue, a public broadcasting service digital publication, states its mission tomeet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans and to Inform, educate, enlighten and enrich the public and to help inform civil discourse essential to American Society. The informational and inspirational articles/videos offer valuable put-into-practice guidance in areas of health, money & policy, work & purpose, living and ca...
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Jan Hively has been a lifelong advocate, and as an older adult, became an outspoken proponent and staunch advocate for ensuring older adults are able to achieve the life they desire with all of the dignity and respect they deserve. Her latest endeavor as Co-Founder of the Pass it On Network, along with Moira Allan), which is A Global Peer Learning Network for Positive Aging Advocates is also a member of the United Nations Open Ende...
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Dr. Wasserman says the federal government and the nursing home industry hasn’t done enough to care for our older, most vulnerable adults As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the globe, there were 2.1 million Americans living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. According to a December report from AARP, the COVID 19 virus has claimed the lives of at least 106,000 residents and nursing home staff, which accounts for 39...
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Medical Directors oversee physician services in nursing homes. AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine advocates for public policy and legislation initiatives in Congress representing interests that will ensure quality of life and quality of care for our elder citizens. Most recently, AMDA successfully spearheaded an initiative to thwart cuts in medicate reimbursement that would have negatively impacted physic...
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Lynn Biot-Gordon is always looking forward bringing new ideas and new initiatives to the National and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She brings her professional experience and empathy to her recent course on resilience, providing insights and much needed support for caregivers and professionals and professionals alike during these most challenging times. Moving forward in 2021, Lynn talks about the pla...
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Dr. Mike Wasserman was one of the first geriatricians in the country to recognize the dire situation COVID 19 presented to our nations nursing home residents. Since those early days to the present he has not stopped speaking out about the needs of our vulnerable older adults. Dr. Wasserman has been regularly quoted by various major news outlets and has appeared in interviews on CNN, MSNBC. This lively discussion with Dr. Wasserman...
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December 15, 2020 57 min
Steve Gurney's journey to understand the elder experience is rooted in his family's caring for his grandfather. As an adult, he decided to embark on a journey to understand the elder experience that not many would undertake. When in his early 40's, Steve made the decision to live in 5 different senior living communities in order to get a first hand look at what elder's experience when they move from their home to a...
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Argentum is the leading national organization dedicated to supporting 75% of the companies operating professionally managed senior living communities in the U.S. The organization is dedicated to ensuring a quality person-centered approach to care, supports best care practices, and offers a wide array of resources to its members, including the most up-to-date educational training. Most recently, Argentum created a working group to...
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