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18 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Finding the Right Match for Retirement Living
In this episode of the Aging in America Podcast, senior living advisor, Beth Friesen, shares how Oasis Senior Advisors help caregivers and adult children select a community that fits their needs. Beth developed a passion for senior living after helping make the same decision for her parents. After more than 25 years in the healthcare, Beth decided to turn her passion into a profession, purchasing the Lincoln, Nebraska franchise of Oasis Senior Advisors. Oasis Senior Advisors are located nationwide and work together to relieve some of the stress selecting retirement living can bring. They offer a range of free tools and connections to ease the process and let families know they don’t have to face this journey alone. In this episode you will learn about: Challenges caregivers face as health of parents or spouses declines How to start the process of finding retirement living Free resources to simplify the selection process, including: Software to assess needs and find the perfect community Financial worksheets to better understand the costs Checklists to evaluate communities during tours Resources and support to downsize possessions Benefits of having an Oasis Senior Advisor through your entire journey Links and/or resources mentioned in this episode: Oasis Senior Advisors website Facebook Call 402-429-8891 or email
29 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Should You Have Your Child Serve As Your Power of Attorney?
As you plan your estate, it’s natural to think of your children as the ones who would serve as your power of attorney. However, this may not be the right move for a variety of reasons. On this episode of the Aging in America podcast, estate attorney Andrew Loudon tackles this very topic – along with many other “wish I would have asked someone that” type of questions. He also discusses the one piece of legislation in Nebraska that may impact family farms for years to come. Andrew Loudon is a trusts and estates attorney at Baylor Evnen. His practice is limited to wills, trusts, business succession planning, federal estate tax planning, non-probate estate administration, probate proceedings, powers of attorney, living wills, and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. He is also an active member of Eastridge Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Downtown Rotary Club #14, Lincoln Lodge No. 19 A.F. & A.M., Bryan Foundation Board of Trustees, and many other community organizations. On this episode, you will learn: Why all new clients for Andrew are baby boomers What you should do when you’re five years out from retirement The ideal time to talk about estate planning and when it’s too late The number one question that most people ask when they meet with Andrew What is probate? What is a revocable living trust and why it is important? Pending legislation in Nebraska that will affect families of farmers and land owners The downsides of creating a life estate The age that long-term care insurance is no longer an option Links/Resources mentioned on this episode: http://www.baylorevnen.com/our_firm/attorneys.html/title/andrew-m-loudon
25 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Tips for Downsizing, Rightsizing, and Making a Move
Need some tips for downsizing? We have the expert on this episode! Changing Spaces Owner Jeannine Bryant shares how her company helps seniors manage transition through rightsizing and relocation services. She believes we don’t downsize, we simply rightsize and choose the things that bring value into our lives. Changing Spaces is a bonded and insured company that offers a full range of services designed to give clients peace of mind and caring assistance as they pursue a new home environment that better suits their needs. Their mission is to provide clients with the quality consultation and management services, as well as the physical labor, needed to accomplish a transition clients can feel good about. What exactly is “rightsizing?” Rightsizing is finding that place between too much and too little in your life. Changing Spaces assists people in finding that place while they prepare for a move, or even if they plan to stay in their current home. The goal is to direct a process of clearing out items that people no longer use or love in their homes, and find a way to keep those items that are near and dear to hearts. By clearing out the excess, there is more room to display and enjoy those items that bring happiness! In this episode you will learn: The importance of “place” and the emotions tied to it, as well as the difficulty sometimes associated with leaving one’s home. Sorting and rightsizing the belongings in their home to packing and unpacking everything as they move Practical tips in moving and packing Advantages of hiring a company when doing estate sales How to price items in garage sales How they educate clients on supply and demand The items that women often try to hang onto when they are faced with downsizing decisions How to find out about their estate sales! Links and/or resources mentioned in this episode: Changing Spaces SRS website Facebook and Instagram Changing Spaces SRS contact information
11 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Signs of Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout is real. And it’s a challenge facing hundreds of thousands of Americans. In this episode of the Aging in America Podcast, we will be talking about this very thing. Caregiver burnout* is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able — either physically or financially. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones. As a family caregiver, it’s natural to experience caregiver burnout. The challenge is being able to take action to remedy the situation. Give yourself a much needed break by partnering with a company like Sunlight Support or another non-medical in-home care organization. Many times you can hire a caregiver for a few hours a week to allow you to recharge and focus on the things that bring enjoyment into your life while reducing the stress of caregiving. After all, we act as a caregiver because we love someone so much. You just need to remember to love yourself as well by taking care of yourself! *Source: WebMD.com In this episode about Caregiver Burnout you will learn: The signs of caregiver burnout Statistical information about caregivers The challenges of being a caregiver (whether for an elderly parent or family member with a disability) Why you need to take a break from your caregiving duties Why it is important to recognize warning signs of extreme burnout and depression Actionable steps in avoiding or controlling caregiver burnout Links and/or resources mentioned in this episode: What questions should I ask potential caregivers? Suggest a Guest for the Aging in America Podcast!
22 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
New Strategies to Fight the Rising Costs of Aging with Louis Tenenbaum
Louis Tenenbaum is the founder of the Aging in Place Institute. He is also a leading authority on aging in place- the idea that our homes are the most desirable and economical place for housing and care. Tenenbaum is an enthusiastic speaker whose passion is evident and contagious. He works with communities, not for profits, business and foundations as well as families and individuals on home and community design, innovative business models for aging in place, marketing to older consumers and better ways to educate and motivate consumers and communities to act responsibly on their own behalf. Lessons learned from 20 years of experience in working with families and individuals, designers and developers, geriatric care managers, occupational therapists, product manufacturers, community leaders and advocates informed his white paper, Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge published by the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute. In this episode you will learn: How government incentives could urge homeowners and home builders to create more age-friendly home environments Why Aging in Place is not first in the conversation Why this is a challenge for people outside the “18 percent” Myths people have about aging and living environments The definition of an independent living strategy Links mentioned in this episode: www.homesrenewed.org Louis Tenenbaum’s website Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS program) Universal Design
26 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Inside Secrets from a Former Senior Care Franchise Owner
Scott Neal is a former Right-at-Home Franchise Owner from Lincoln, Nebraska. In this episode, we talk about his personal story and the life events that prompted him to seek an opportunity in the senior care industry. We also talk about some of the hidden secrets when it comes to paying for in-home care. In This Episode You’ll Learn: Tips for obtain financing for in-home care if you are a veteran How grants assisted in financing for Alzheimer’s care Triggers and/or symptoms that point to the need for non-medical in-home care Links Mentioned In This Episode: Community and Health Services for the VA The Weave Generation
23 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Exercise Prescriptions and Healthy Seniors at the Lincoln YMCA
On this episode, JP Lauterbach of the Lincoln YMCA shares the many things the Y is doing to serve aging adults. With chronic disease accounting for more than 84% of our nation’s health care costs, the YMCA is working hard to provide programs that help prevent and/or manage these chronic diseases, such as: Y Lose It: A 13-week weight loss/healthy lifestyle team-based program that helps combat obesity and pre-diabetes. Enhance Fitness: A proven, community-based fitness and arthritis management program. Delay the Disease: A fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to take control of the disease with daily exercise. Weekly fitness classes for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis A free “exercise as medicine” YMCA trial – available from health providers around the city (see graphic below). If your provider does not offer this, call your local YMCA to obtain one (see graphic below). In this episode you will learn: How the YMCA is serving individuals of all ages through specific programming and classes The hidden benefit of staying active in group exercise as we age (healthy seniors love this!) How to obtain a “prescription” for exercise at the Lincoln YMCA The best way to learn about the YMCA’s class offerings The places you should go for a good potluck! Links and/or resources mentioned in this episode: ymcalincoln.org Prevention Management Programs at the Lincoln Y The cost of chronic disease (CDC) JP Lauterbach has been the Chief Operating Officer at the Lincoln YMCA since 2012. With a 25 year career history in the YMCA organization, Lauterbach has served in a number of positions in Nebraska and Kansas. When he’s not working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tysha, and their four children. He also enjoys music, jogging, lifting weights, coaching his kids’ sports teams, and watching them play.
23 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Learning about Long Term Care Insurance
Planning for the Aging Process & Long Term Care Insurance In this episode of the Aging in America podcast, we discuss financial planning (specifically end of life care and long term care insurance) with Craig Sundberg, a financial advisor with Mass Mutual. Many people don’t think about long term care insurance until it’s too late – and it’s either too expensive or an individual’s health prevents them from being able to purchase coverage. Long term care insurance helps protect your assets from being used for care and maximize your options for care if you become chronically ill or have a severe cognitive impairment. Putting a plan in place earlier in life may help you ensure that you will receive the quality of care you want in the setting of your choice, should you need it. Craig works with individuals, families, and business owners to establish goals and develop a strategy designed to help his clients reach those goals. He takes a holistic approach when making recommendations to help ensure they fit his clients overall financial situation. With more than 25 years in the financial and insurance industry, Craig has helped hundreds of individuals in the Midwest region. In this episode you will learn: Trigger points for long term care insurance to pay for care Why people hesitate or wait to purchase coverage and why this can limit their ability to utilize long term care insurance What people wish they had taken care of sooner What conversations one should have with an aging loved one Why the long term care insurance arena has grown over the last 2 decades What options are available to pay for care Links and/or resources mentioned in this episode: Long term care insurance with Mass Mutual Craig Sundberg’s contact information
29 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
The Five Wishes of Hospice Care
A Personal and Professional Look at Hospice Care In this episode of the Aging in America Podcast we talk with Rhonda Saunders, Director of Marketing for Hospice Community Care of Nebraska. The mission of Hospice Community Care is to provide dignified end-of-life care and quality services that allow our patients and their families/significant others to live life richly, deeply and meaningfully for as long as it may last, and to die with dignity in the setting of their choice. Hospice Community Care cares for people with Alzheimer’s, Pulmonary Disease, CHF, Cancer, Liver Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Renal Disease, Huntington’s Disease, ALS, and all end stage diagnoses. Rhonda shares her experience as both a family caregiver and a Hospice professional, to provide you with a unique perspective on this sensitive topic. In this episode you will learn: Answers to common questions families have about hospice How someone may “graduate” from hospice care Common myths about hospice The five wishes and why they matter When to call your hospice care provider Additional resources for families Common benefits and rewards of hospice care Links and/or resources mentioned in this episode: https://www.hospicecarenebraska.com/ National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization What is Hospice? Benefits of Hospice Community Care of Nebraska Common Myths of Hospice Care
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