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29 minutes | 3 days ago
Jasmine Travers - Healthcare Is a Right for the Whole Human Race, and That Should Be Upheld for Every Single Older Adult
Older adults are at increased risk for poor health outcomes and have higher rates of mortality than other groups. Research shows that older adults face disparities in access to care due to factors like socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, and disability. Caregivers and nurses play a critical role in the provision of high-quality healthcare services to this population.To improve higher quality of care, we need to increase awareness through policy change so that our nation’s aging population can be provided with equal access to quality healthcare regardless of race or socioeconomic status. In addition, we must increase funding for research grants which will allow us better understand how best to treat diseases prevalent among older adults such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Finally, we must continue efforts aimed at improving vaccination coverage among vulnerable populations including older adults who may be less likely to receive recommended vaccinations because they are frail or live alone.Timestamps:[02:05]What are some of the biggest disparities that we see in the senior living space today?[04:17]Do most of these disparities come from a lack of access to quality health care? Or is it that once people have access to healthcare they're not treated or they're treated differently by the staff or is it both?[06:05]Have we been able to see the impact of healthcare disparities in situations like how COVID vaccine was disputed was dispute was distributed?[07:19]Can you talk a bit about your research and what you've discovered about improving health outcomes in the vulnerable older, older adult groups?[12:44]What is the importance of training the healthcare workforce to recognize and combat these issues?[19:23]What is the role of long-term care policy in resolving these issues? [22:50]How can older adults set goals and expectations around aging?---------------------Bio:Dr. Jasmine Travers is an Assistant Professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her career is dedicated to designing and conducting research to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in vulnerable older adult groups using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Over the years, Dr. Travers has built a strong foundation to address the health and well-being of a rapidly growing, diverse older adult population requiring long-term care. As a health services researcher, she has leveraged many datasets to investigate these issues and has published widely on the topics of aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce issues, and infections. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Travers completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University and a T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship at the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She completed her doctoral training in health services research with a specialization in gerontology at Columbia University School of Nursing.You can learn more about Jasmine on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasmine-travers-phd-agpcnp-bc-rn-aa2032a1/
62 minutes | 7 days ago
Robert Kramer - Tech and Retail Giants' Senior Care | Proposed Solutions to Nursing Homes | Senior Living Market Segmentation
We're problem-solving futurists and innovators in the aging sector.The Baby Boomer cohort is aging, and the number of seniors is growing rapidly. Aging in place is an essential concept for older adults to age at home longer and healthier. Technology/ Smart hubs have made it easier for people of all ages to live independently at home, so they delay going into long-term care. Nursing homes are dealing with a lot of problems and challenges. These issues have resulted in lower-quality care, higher staff turnover rates, and declining occupancy rates that translate into financial pressure for nursing home operators. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for seniors. Seniors are not a homogenous group; they have different needs and preferences, which means that the housing products should reflect this diversity. Senior living market segmentation allows marketers to develop housing that better serves the unique needs of each senior demographic. This approach makes it possible to create personalized care plans based on the individual’s age, health conditions, financial situation, and lifestyle choices.Timestamps:[04:34]I'm eager to talk to him about three topics. The first one is tech and retail giant senior care products impact on senior living. And the second is Bob's proposed solutions for the problems facing long-term in today's nursing homes. And the third topic is the segmentation he believes will arise in the senior living industry.[05:03]The rise of the aging population is leading to a need for more senior care in corporate giants. Like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart is disrupting this with their products. So, technology is changing the way people live and age in America, older adults are now able to maintain their independence with convenient products from, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart, which makes it easier for them to take care of themselves at home. So, do you see smart hubs as a future of elder care?[32:35]So, this brings us to the next topic, which, your thoughts on the problems with nursing homes and some possible solutions. So, you recently wrote an article in health affairs regarding this, problems with nursing homes, and some solutions. So, can you get us up to speed on some of the most vital issues in the skilled nursing setting today?[43:30]You've talked about how product segmentation into new living space is in its infancy, in what you call Boomerville segments will emerge. So, can you explain why you believe this?------------------------------Bio:Bob Kramer Founder and Fellow of Nexus Insights, a thought leadership platform dedicated to the dissemination of ideas and models that challenge the status quo and contribute to the transformation of housing and aging services for older adults. Mr. Kramer is also Co-founder, former CEO, and now Strategic Advisor at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). He is broadly recognized as one of senior living’s most influential and high-profile thought leaders and connectors. With over 35 years of industry leadership, he has earned the reputation of “agent provocateur” in the seniors housing and care industry. He has been described as an “ice-cutter” and scout in identifying industries and trends that will disrupt the future of seniors housing, aging services, and aging more broadly.In April 2020, Mr. Kramer launched Nexus Insights to “rethink aging from every angle.” The organization engages a network of leading thinkers and thought leaders to provide provocative insights and actionable models to catalyze the next generation of housing and aging services.You can find Mr. Kramer at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-kramer-15238b15/
42 minutes | 18 days ago
Richard Lui - How and Why Living Selflessly Can Bring Joy Despite Difficulty
Do you want to make a difference in the world?In this episode, I share my conversation with Richard Lui. He explains how living selflessly can change your own life for the better too!Ordinary heroes can make small, practical choices and stop this selfish pandemic. Here are some tips on how and why living selflessly can bring joy despite the difficulty. Living selflessly is not easy, but it can be rewarding. It’s about giving up what we think we deserve and instead focusing on what others need. We all have something to offer that could bring joy into someone else’s life.Living selflessly will help you find happiness in difficult times because it's not about what you get out of it but what you give to others that counts. You'll be surprised at how much more fulfilling your life becomes when you start giving back without expecting anything in return. So go ahead, do something nice for someone today!Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-Intro dialogue between Richard and Hanh[03:10] Introduction to Richard Lui[04:02] Tell us a little bit about how you became a caregiver and how that experience changed the trajectory of your career in life?[06:35] How did you decide to walk away from a dream job to help care for your father with Alzheimer's?[10:32] You mentioned a little bit about the COVID impact. Now, what other effect has COVID had on your relationship with your parents?[13:26] You've written a book called "Enough About Me". Now you detail, what you call is a selfishness pandemic. Can you explain what that means?[17:20] Your book talks about selflessness, as being like a muscle that needs to be trained? What do you mean by that? And how can we train ourselves to be more selfless people?[21:31] Growing up who, in your life was the model for selflessness?[28:33] What could someone who grew up in a very selfish environment do to change their attitudes?[35:06] What you describe is how selflessness and gratefulness are intertwined. Is that right?[37:50] How is this that you find rewarding to take your journey and helping others?[40:11] Where can the listeners find your book?[40:48] Do you have anything else that you would like to share?[40:59] Wrap-upBio:Richard LuiVeteran journalist Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, film, technology, and business. Currently, at MSNBC and previously with CNN Worldwide, he is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. In addition to journalism, Richard’s 15-year business career involves a fintech patent and launching six tech brands over three business cycles. He has lived, worked, and volunteered on every continent. Richard is a Celebrity Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Caregiving Champion for AARP, and Caregiving Ambassador for BrightFocus Foundation. His first book, "Enough About Me": The Unexpected Power of Selflessness, releases in March 2021.You can find Richard on these social media platforms:Skype: richkluiWebsite: https://richardlui.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rlui/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richardlui/Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardLuiYou can find Richard's book "Enought About Me" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Enough-About-Me-Unexpected-Selflessness/dp/0310362393/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=enough+about+me&qid=1619373284&sr=8-1
52 minutes | 22 days ago
Christina Drumm-Boyd and Amy LaGrant – Caring for a Loved One with Dementia
When facing Dementia, it's hard to know what to do. If you have been touched by dementia, or are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, our personal journey with our parents may give you some guidance.This episode features Christina Drumm-Boyd, Owner and President of Care Connect of Hampton Roads, and Amy LaGrant, Gerontologist, Co-Founder BrandMETTLE, Ambassador Aging2.0, Walk2ENDALZ Committee Chair.These two leaders are passionate and dedicated to advising caregivers and families going through dementia.We cover topics like seeking services that can walk you through the difficult journey, dealing with grief, communication strategies as memory fails, legal issues that may arise such as guardianship and end-of-life decisions.Bios:Christina Drumm-Boydhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/christinadrummboyd/Owner and President of Care Connect of Hampton Roads, Inc.Specialties: Have over 20 years of Healthcare Sales, Marketing, and Geriatric Care Management experience focusing in the Senior housing industry, property census development, and turnaround strategies for focus properties.Christina is also a licensed insurance agent in life, health and annuity products for the state of Virginia.She holds designation as a Certified Senior Advisor and is an Accredited Agent with the U.S. Veterans Administration, licensed to represent claims before the Office of General Council. ----------------------Amy LaGranthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/amylagrant/Gerontologist, Co-Founder BrandMETTLE, Ambassador Aging2.0, Walk2ENDALZ Committee ChairAmy is a leading gerontology professional with over 15 years of experience marketing to baby boomers, seniors, and family caregivers. Amy has held leadership roles in some of the industry's leading advertising agencies.Most recently, Amy was SVP, Brand Strategy for Bluespire Senior Living formerly Martino & Binzer.Prior to Bluespire, Amy led all marketing efforts for Virtual Health, a telehealth and family caregiver integration company. Before that Amy led strategy at multiple mature marketing and consulting agencies such as Continuum Crew, JWT Boom, and Age Wave.Specialties: Client Management, Strategic Planning, Baby Boomer Marketplace, and high-regulated products
37 minutes | 24 days ago
Maria Lee - How Is Hong Kong's Life Expectancy the Highest in the World?
Senior care is a growing concern for many people in the world. Hong Kong has a healthy, long-lived population with its life expectancy one of the highest in the world! The government provides a wide variety of social services and benefits to the elders, including community care and support services, residential care services, and social security. Combined with non-governmental support services, these measures ensure that the elders receive the help they need.With a background in hospitality and hospital administration, Maria Lee has a varied background that I’m eager to learn more about on the show today. Maria is the founder and executive director of Roseville Senior Living Management Limited, a senior living company based in Hong Kong. Her Ventria Residence is pioneering the senior living concept “Retire in style, age in place.” We discussed the development of Ventria Residence Senior Living, and also talked through the latest technology in the senior living industry, and discussed how Eastern vs. Western countries approach senior living and elder care differently.Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-Intro dialogue[02:28] Introduction of Maria Lee[03:15] Tell us about the founding of Ventria Residence?[09:22] How does Ventria Residence differ from the CCRC in the United States?[10:32] What implication does COVID have on the senior living development in Hong Kong and what has Ventria Residence implemented to combat the future pandemic of a similar scale?[11:27] Can you give us some insight on the culture of your Ventria that you plan to instill? What does that culture look like?[15:12] We need future leaders and I think you're setting a great example of what that leadership looks like. We're setting the stage on how the younger generation will soon care for us.[16:50] Let's talk a bit about the latest innovations in senior living technology. How are your communities using the latest innovations to protect the residents and staff against COVID?[17:49] I understand Ventria Residence also has a technology that I haven't heard before is called Chilled Ceiling Technology. Can you explain what this is and how is it helping the residents stay safe?[19:15] How are you using cloud-based technology to ensure quality health care and safe monitoring of residents?[19:58] Can you talk a bit about the importance of adapting technologies and products that the residents and the staff to be a closer cultural fit?[22:53] How do you ensure all the residents are eager to adopt these new technologies?[23:42] Discussion on ageism among different cultures.[25:26] Do you think the Eastern cultures' way of respecting elders impacted Hong Kong COVID response?[26:20] How do you ensure this notion of the importance of respecting your elders flows down to the organization, from you, and all the way down to the frontline staff in your company?[27:46] What do you think is your biggest strength that enables you to have a unique, impactful effect on older adults? Maybe something that's not well known about you.[31:29] How and when did you find that senior living was your calling?[32:21] Do you think working closely with the parents and grandparents, has that changed you in any way?[34:36] Why do you personally, find it rewarding to serve the aging population?[35:47] Wrap-upMaria Lee:Bio: https://podcast.boomerliving.tv/maria-lee-how-is-hong-kongs-life-expectancy-the-highest-in-the-world/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-lee-3704b132/Roseville Senior Living: https://www.rosevillehk.com/Ventria Residence: https://www.ventriaresidence.com/
22 minutes | a month ago
Cameron J. Camp - What Is the Montessori Approach to Dementia?
Dr. Cameron J. Camp joins me today on Boomer Living. Cameron is a noted psychologist specializing in applied gerontology research and is currently serving as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.Cameron is well-known in the space for his development of the Montessori method as an intervention for people with dementia. I’m eager to talk to him today about this and much more.Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-Intro dialogue from Cameron[01:30] Introduction to Cameron J. Camp[02:01] What originally got you interested in dedicating your career and to some extent your life to gerontology and specifically dementia research?[03:21] Where did the idea for the Montessori Method come from? How did the approach relate to providing care to people with dementia?[08:41] Where is this approach being used today? And do you think it is doable for loved ones of people with dementia, or is it better practice with someone with more experience dealing with dementia treatment?[10:00] What results have you been seeing with this approach?[15:48] Is there a certain kind of dementia, a person on whom this intervention is typically more effective, or is it effective to some degree across the board?[17:21] What other factors impact the efficacy of the Montessori Method intervention? I'm thinking about things like treatment environment, buy-in from loved ones, and such. What's your thought?[20:30] Do you have anything else that you would like to share?[21:19] Wrap-upBio:Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., originally developed the use of the Montessori method as an intervention for use with persons with dementia. He is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology and currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. Dr. Camp gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning and quality of life of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Camp is a Fellow and past president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association. He is a recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research.Learn more about Cameron here:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-camp-9091b425/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cameron30687485
50 minutes | a month ago
Chris Guay - Do Your Senior Living Residents Refer You to Their Friends and Families?
Chris Guay, the founder, and CEO of Vitality Living is with me on today’s episode of Boomer Living. Vitality Living offers retirement living, assisted living, and memory care communities where residents can live purposefully and experience a profound sense of belonging.With more than 20 years of operations, management, and leadership experience, he has a background from community-level leadership roles to senior executive positions at some of the industry’s largest providers. I’m eager to talk to him today about leadership, culture, and the long-term future of the senior housing industry.Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-Intro dialogue from Chris[01:33] Get to know you[04:43] Introduction to Chris Guay[05:26] You obviously have a passion for serving the older adults, baby boomers, and the silent generation. Where did this drive come from? Was it from experiences that you had with your grandparents?[09:56] The meaning behind the name "Vitality"[11:21] Now you mentioned several reasons, what sets your company apart from the others now? How do you make sure that your customers keep coming back to you or refer you to their neighbors into the relative?[17:06] You mentioned a little bit about differentiating between senior living and long-term care. Can you give a summary or your thoughts on that?[19:19] You've spoken about the importance of culture in your communities. Can you provide some example that illustrates that?[25:54] How do you empower your employees to take the initiative and be leaders of their own projects?[31:55] Becoming a leader is a journey rather than a destination. Can you share some lessons learned of significant leadership skills that you know, over the course of your career? And then how are you continuing to develop your leadership skills?[36:03] What effect the strong leadership has on residents in terms of the impact on the community? Do you think they feel that, do they see that?[38:04] We all know the devastating effects of COVID on the senior living industry in the past year. What do you think will be the long-term impact on the industry?[41:27] Would you say the future is bright for the senior housing industry?[43:38] Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share?[44:52] Wrap-upBio:Chris GuayFounder & CEO at Vitality Senior Living"My inspiration comes from my family and their passion to live life to the fullest. I was blessed with grandparents that played a major role in my life. For as long as I can remember, these wonderful human beings instilled a passion in me to live life to the fullest. From a grandfather who learned how to ski in his 50's to a grandmother who had a dune buggy in her 70's, I grew up seeing that life was not limited by age. This inspired me to build Vitality and create life, energy, and purpose for older adults for decades to come. It is my passion to help everyone, regardless of age and circumstance, fully experience life every day they can!"Chris has 20+ years of operations, management, and leadership experience in the Senior Living industry. His broad background was achieved through leadership roles starting at the community level through senior executive positions with the industry's largest providers, Emeritus & Brookdale Senior Living. He founded Vitality Living in 2016, a company focused on making a real positive difference in the lives of older adults and those who serve them. He is an innovator in the industry and is committed to creating a company that engages residents, families, and team members in successful aging.Learn more about Chris here:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-guay-01aa038/Vitality Senior Living: https://www.vitalityseniorliving.com/
27 minutes | a month ago
Paul E. Griffin III - To Meet the Needs of an Older Adult Is One That Takes into Account Their Emotional Needs (Part 2 of 2)
How do you meet the needs of an older adult? You have to pay attention to what matters to them. You have to work with the wisdom and experience they bring to the table. You have to honor their life stories, paying attention to any losses or trauma they may have suffered. And you need a bit of flexibility and creativity in order to think outside the box when it comes to figuring out how they can be engaged in life.Join me to listen to my conversation with Paul E. Griffin III as we share thoughts, as a provider, on how to best serve older adults.The best approach for meeting the needs of an older adult is one that takes into account their emotional needs – those things that matter most to them like respect for their dignity; opportunities for social connection; feeling useful; having control over their lives; maintaining good health…and so much more!Listen to part 1 of our interview here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/765170/8285352-paul-e-griffin-iii-is-your-mom-slowing-down-more-than-she-thinks-part-1-of-2Timestamps:[00:00] We can provide an environment, a setting to lend itself for that. But getting the folks to go along with it can be a challenge, especially if, they're experiencing the later part of dementia or have dementia at some point.[01:36] Having activities for seniors is great, but at times seniors need a nudge to get involved, and this is a form of care itself. How do you make sure that your staff treats their job as that of a caregiver?[04:00] They all have different temperaments. They came to the community with different life journeys.[08:54] The thing is it takes another human being with a heart to sit slowly, understand and relate and commiserate, and really reach into their heart and understand.[11:13] How do you get your staff to find ways of including families in the care plan? Is there a way to make rewards for bringing in families and creating, an enjoyable experience for them?[12:48] Meals are a great time to come together.[13:16] Architecture comes into play.[15:41] We're in the housing, senior housing, we also need to consider we're in the caring business, plus we're in learning how to care best care for folks with dementia.[18:07] You're making some great impact for young baby boomers, the baby boomers, the silent generation. So you have to keep doing what you're doing.[20:25] Let's emphasize the caregiving side.[24:23] 10,000 a day turning 65 for the next several decades.[25:33] Wrap-upBio:Paul E. Griffin III is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Griffin Living. A fifth-generation builder with forty years of expertise in real estate development, Paul was inducted into the Forbes Real Estate Council in 2020. Before founding Griffin Living, Paul has overseen the development of projects, including residential homes, apartment complexes, retail centers, and commercial office space. In his career, Paul has created over $4 billion in value and received numerous awards and honors, including Habitat for Humanity's Builder of the Year (Hammer of Hope) and the Building Industry Association's Builder of the Year.You can learn more about Paul on his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-griffin-iii/
27 minutes | a month ago
Char Hu - What is the Role Data Plays in the Future of Long-term Care?
We Believe In Technology's Ability To Take Data From Other Industries And Provide The Right Size Home Care. Why spend so much money on a caregiver when you don't need it? You can do activity monitoring or predictive analytics to see what times of day your loved one struggles with certain tasks. Then use the program's algorithm to predict which days are most likely for these difficulties based on past data before scheduling caregivers in those time slots.Today I welcome Dr. Char Hu to the program. He’s currently CEO of The Helper Bees, partnering with insurance carriers and health plans to provide the tools for older adults to stay independent, healthy, and at home longer.We discuss:Why Char founded the Helper Bees?Aging in America: The impact of a large population of boomers planning to age in placeA mix of information on payer sources (Long Term Care Insurance & Medicare Advantage) and how they’re leading the charge of innovation in long term careThe importance of education, resources, and support programs (i.e. Care Concierge)The role data plays in the future of Long-term care.Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-intro discussion[01:20] Introduction[01:53] What was the unmet need that you saw when founding the helper bees?[03:52] You mentioned your grandmother who was living with Alzheimer was a motivating factor for you in founding helper bee can you talk a little bit, how has this personal experience with Alzheimer's impacted you or motivated you personally and professionally?[05:55] Do you often keep your own grandmother in mind when working and helping families and their search for quality in-home care?[10:27] Let's take a step back and talk about the state of American aging and what will the impact of this large population of boomers planning to age in place? What do you think that's going to happen?[12:50] How does this look different from how previous generations have chosen to age? How do you think this demand shift will impact the senior living industry as a whole?[14:26] How does having a mix of payer sources like long-term care insurance and Medicare Advantage lead the change in innovation in long-term care?[16:45] How important is the role of education, resources, and support programs when choosing a long-term care option for yourself or for your loved one?[18:02] What do you think the role data plays in the future of long-term care?[19:59] Where are you on this journey?[20:55] Walk me through, let's say I'm 80 years old living at home. Walk me through the process. How Helper Bees can help me stay at home longer or defer the time that I would have to move into assisted living?[23:16] In general, where do you think the long-term care industry will go in the next 20 years?[24:18] Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share?[26:14] Wrap-upBio:Char Hu, PhDCEO at The Helper BeesAfter completing his doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine, Char translated his biomedical research experience into Alzheimer’s and dementia care, founding and directing a certified dementia community. He’s currently CEO of The Helper Bees.As a founder and director of Georgetown Living, a certified dementia communities, he is actively involved in supporting the needs of Central Texas’ older adult community.Char spends his free time working with local nonprofits focused on issues related to aging, and serving on the boards of directors at AustinUp and Alzheimer’s Texas.Learn more about Char and his company here:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charhu/The Helper Bees: https://www.thehelperbees.com/
45 minutes | a month ago
Paul E. Griffin III - Is Your Mom Slowing Down More Than She Thinks? (Part 1 of 2)
On this episode of Boomer Living, I'll be speaking to Paul E. Griffin III. He is the founder, CEO, and President of Griffin Living, an award-winning development firm with a specialty in innovative senior living communities. With over 40 years in the industry, Paul has a wealth of experience and has received numerous awards and honors along the way, including the hammer of hope habitat for humanities builder of the year award.We discuss his experience in homebuilding and how that informs his approach to senior living at Griffin Living, COVID protocols and safety measures, and outlook for investors in the senior living space.Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-intro discussion[01:42] Introduction[02:29] What does it feel like to be a Griffin?[03:23] Paul's thoughts on real estate development.[04:51] Tell us a story about how you found capital for your projects and how did it happen and what were the challenges along the way?[06:20] What are the demographics of your residents and were you able to successfully address the needs and wants of your residents?[10:53] Tell us about your family's real estate development legacy and what sets Griffin living apart?[14:16] How has COVID forced these issues about resident care, both mentally and physically to the forefront of the mind, to the developers?[17:49] You have RNs and MDs, do you also provide telemedicine?[19:39] How would you suggest people figure out the level of care that they need and balance that with what they can afford?[20:43] How can assisted living communities shake the stigma that those are places that people don't want to be in, and how do you make assisted living communities, a place where people look forward to and spending their later years? How do you design your communities and services to give the residents a thriving environment to spend with their families in their later years?[24:46] In independent living, as long as your real estate in the rooms is very versatile. You can transform those rooms into whatever setting that will allow your resident to be imaginative that they're in a different country and just celebrate the living, the vibrance, the wellness of the community.[27:00] What kind of benefits struggle balance, do you look for in people who make decisions, where you develop?[29:47] How does competition in places that under-served seniors, help those who choose to live there?[31:15] The oldest baby boomer turned 75 this year, and as they gradually move into assisted living, what kind of strain is that going to put on the industry over the next 10 to 20 years? Are the baby boomers going to require any specific kind of care different from the previous cohorts?[39:03] We're all, at some point going to be a caregiver or a recipient of one.[41:07] How do you manage the balance between running a profitable business and ensuring that your residents are getting the best care possible?Bio:Paul E. Griffin III is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Griffin Living. A fifth-generation builder with forty years of expertise in real estate development, Paul was inducted into the Forbes Real Estate Council in 2020. Before founding Griffin Living, Paul has overseen the development of projects, including residential homes, apartment complexes, retail centers, and commercial office space. In his career, Paul has created over $4 billion in value and received numerous awards and honors, including Habitat for Humanity's Builder of the Year (Hammer of Hope) and the Building Industry Association's Builder of the Year.You can learn more about Paul on his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-griffin-iii/
36 minutes | a month ago
Michael Marley - Do You Understand the Emotional Needs of Older Adults with Dementia?
On this episode of Boomer Living, I'll be speaking to Michael Marley. His passion for helping families through difficult situations surrounding dementia long-term care has led him to counsel thousands of families. His goal is to help them come out of their crisis stronger and with the right next steps for their situation with over a thousand families seen.Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-intro discussion[01:31] Introduction[02:11] Walk us through why you made the shift in your career and where are you located right now?[03:19] Do you feel that your past roles prepare you in any way for your current role?[05:07] What are some of the biggest commonalities that you've seen with the kind of help that they're seeking?[06:06] How do you tailor your advice for each family? Or each specific family situation? What kind of questions do you ask them to ensure they're getting the right solution for them?[07:51] Do you ever find it hard to maintain a high level of let's say "empathy" for their specific situation?[11:40] What are some of the top reasons why a potential resident may be hesitant to enter the senior living community? Do you have any other top reason why a potential resident may be hesitant to go into a senior living community?[13:03] The emotional needs and commitment to each other are very hard to separate. What solutions can you explore to get around these roadblocks?[14:30] You cannot give what you don't have.[15:47] Designing communities that serve the older population.[18:55] What do you think are the biggest misconceptions our society has around dementia? And why do you think all of these misconceptions exist?[21:03] How would you know, what's the difference? Senility, cognitive decline, Dementia, Alzheimer. For someone that's outside of the industry, how are they to understand this?[22:26] Stories of those with dementia: Storytelling, letter writing, family and friends abandoning and not visiting those with dementia. The importance of communication. Just because the person with dementia stops talking doesn't mean they are not listening.[27:55] There is definitely more need to learn how to communicate, understand, and care in emotional ways with folks with dementia. Everybody needs to be certified to make sure that, but without a heart, it's not going to work.[29:27] In the future, do you think there'll be more people like you? Who tries to have an understanding of the experiences of the families before trying to match their loved one with the right senior care home?[30:38] How and when did you find that senior living senior care was your calling?[32:52] Ultimately your loved one is the one that's going to make a decision and along the way of family members can navigate with them, but ultimately, it has to be what is best for your loved one?[34:56] Do you have anything else that you would like to share?Michael Marley's experiences in senior living care homes go back 11 years, all in the UK. In that time, He has had meetings with literally thousands of families, who've typically reached a crisis point with a parent (usually), who is still living at home.Michael discovered that the commercial side of senior living was very focused on what it thought might look appealing to families, but there was little understanding of the trauma that families themselves go through when arriving at this point in their lives. This then became his area to develop, where very few others were paying that area too much attention.Recently, Michael has started working on a book, that is specifically for the family, rather than focusing on the future care home resident.Michael's Links:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-marley-29633313b/Twitter: https://twitter.com/GetBizults
51 minutes | a month ago
Adoption Of Technology Among Older Adults with Ravi Bala, Santosh Govindaraju, Sandeep Pulim M.D.
In today's episode, I'm joined by Ravi Bala, Sandeep Pulim M.D., and Santosh Govindaraju in Clubhouse. This is an audio drop-in app and it's available in the Apple Mobile App Store. We discuss the topic of older adults, adaption of technology, its benefits, barriers, opportunities, and growth. The introductions are in the conversation. And I appreciate the opportunity for the discussion.Timestamps:[00:23] Introductions[04:30] With regard to technology for older adults, are there any other benefits?[06:57] For older adults, are there ways we can do a better job to design technology so that it can be accessible to all?[09:01] What other considerations should health technology companies consider when producing technology aimed at serving the older population?[10:48] Do you have examples of how older adults are using technology to stay healthy and remain independent longer?[13:03] With one-third of our country now 65 or older. What problems from this may arise that technology can solve?[15:45] What are the biggest barriers to the adoption of technology for older adults and how can we break down these barriers?[18:52] How has COVID-19 affected the development of technology for older adults? Being able to readily communicate with their loved ones, for example. And how will this technology allow them to continue to live independently longer?[20:48] What upcoming technology trends are forming as a result of COVID-19?[24:57] Hanh's final thoughts: "Focus on making technology with purpose, people and possibilities in mind."[25:33] Question, answer, and discussion period with the audience.[49:49] Ravi Bala: "I want a mission to recast this notion of aging to engaged active living with purpose."[50:05] Wrap-upLearn more about each of the panel guests here:Ravi Bala: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravibala/Sandeep Pulim MD: https://www.linkedin.com/in/spulim/Santosh Govindaraju: https://www.linkedin.com/in/santosh-govindaraju-34650/
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Senior Living Silver Linings Found Amidst The Crisis - Part 5 of 5
The pandemic has highlighted the resiliency of the human spirit across humanity. Particularly through serving older adults, has made many people slow down and give them the time to think about what's important in these crazy times, the genuine compassion, courage, heart, and knowledge of the frontline teams are incredible, especially given that they were entirely understaffed underprepared and under-protected.It is the worst best case scenario. And there is tremendous pride in being part of a system that must keep going. Here are five of five conversations, and I hope that you will enjoy this recording of friends and industry experts share their silver linings.Guest Speakers (Timestamps):[01:02] Joe Anfuso[06:19] Todd Andrews[10:46] Nick Merritt[14:36] Jake Rothstein[17:09] Stel Valavanis[21:28] Blair Quasnitschka[24:15] Steve LaForte[28:46] Michael Hartman[33:36] Hanh Brown - Reflection, Summary, and Wrap-up
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Senior Living Silver Linings Found Amidst The Crisis - Part 4 of 5
The pandemic has highlighted the resiliency of the human spirit across humanity. Particularly through serving older adults, has made many people slow down and give them the time to think about what's important in these crazy times, the genuine compassion, courage, heart, and knowledge of the frontline teams are incredible, especially given that they were entirely understaffed underprepared and under-protected.It is the worst best case scenario. And there is tremendous pride in being part of a system that must keep going. So here are four of five conversations, and I hope that you will enjoy this recording of friends and industry experts share their silver linings.Guest Speakers (Timestamps):[01:01] Donika Schnell[05:45] Stephanie Zeverino[10:49] Aaron Blight[13:57] Ravi Bala[16:03] Michael Holtzclaw[19:36] Michelle Olson[21:58] Francis LeGasse Jr.[24:18] Chris Tharp[27:14] Destry
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Joe Anfuso – How Are Big Data and AI Transforming Asset Management?
Today on Boomer Living we have a returning guest, Joe Anfuso, CFO of MG Properties Group, responsible for directing the financial management of company operations. He’s also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, teaching classes in Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment. We're excited to catch up and talk about how Big Data and AI data science are being put to use in real estate today, and how his company coped during this last year through the COVID-19 pandemic, and much more...[00:00] Pre-intro dialogue[01:59] Introduction[02:56] How have you been since the last time that we talked around a year ago?[04:43] What makes MG Properties group stand out from other similar companies in terms of technology use? Do you think MG is leveraging the technology more?[06:38] How does MG Properties use predictive analytics to measure things like delinquency rates?[11:15] How accurate are the types of estimations? How much can one trust them without scrutiny?[12:30] How can big data be used to develop more accurate property valuations?[13:48] You mentioned predictive analytics. Are you using forecasting and predictive analytics to forecast market trends?[15:56] Before data science and AI, five years ago, what was the mode of operation at MG Properties?[17:07] What sorts of trends are you predicting in the post-pandemic world for multifamily?[18:19] To what extent is MG Properties using Big Data to predict consumer behavior in the real estate market?[20:04] How do you make sure that you understand the latest and greatest technology and are able to leverage this knowledge, for the company?[22:28] Are there limitations of AI, Big Data, and predictive analytics in the real estate space?[23:56] How can you balance relying on these technologies while also looking at them critically to make sure that we're not putting blind faith in them?[25:41] What has the pandemic taught you about leadership?[28:14] Do you have anything else that you would like to add?[31:22] Wrap-upJoe Anfuso is a 2015 addition to MG Properties Group, responsible for directing the financial and fiscal management of company Operations, including budgeting, treasury, tax, accounting, information technology, risk management, and insurance. Prior to joining MG, Joe was the CFO and Director of Development with ColRich, a diversified privately held Real Estate company, specializing in Apartment investment, ownership, construction and management (9,400 units), land development, and home building in the Western U.S. Joe’s real estate experience also includes being the COO/CFO of Florsheim Homes, a Northern California based homebuilder/developer, with operations in CA and NV, from 2006 - 2011. Joe was also the CFO for Shea Homes San Diego from 2001-2006 and worked for the international firm Deloitte & Touche. Joe earned his BBA in Accounting and MBA from the University of San Diego. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant, in addition to possessing a California Real Estate Brokers and General Contractors License. Joe is the chairman of the Residential Real Estate Committee for Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Recognized as an industry expert, Joe has been a frequent contributor on CNBC television, discussing the housing and real estate markets.You can listen to Joe's first appearance on the show (season1, episode3) here: Lessons Learned From Real Estate Operator And Educator Joe Anfuso
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Dr. David C. Weisman – Is Research Showing Optimism About the Future Diagnosis of and Treatment for Alzheimer's?
In this episode of Boomer Living, we have Dr. David C. Weisman, MD - Founder of the Clinical Trial Center at Abington Neurological Associates. He has become a leading AD trialist nationwide and has conducted numerous clinical trials in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, working with nearly every major sponsor and investigation to develop disease-modifying drugs in Alzheimer’s disease.We discuss what Alzheimer's disease is (vs. memory loss, senility, dementia) and how it is diagnosed and is being diagnosed, whether there's hope for a cure for Alzheimer's, what research is being done on Alzheimer's, and how Dr. Weisman managed through the COVID-19 pandemic, and much more...[00:00] Pre-intro dialogue[01:15] Introduction[01:49] Distinguishing between Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments, like memory loss, senility, and dementia.[03:21] How is Alzheimer's disease diagnosed and then has this method of diagnosis changed at all over the last several years?[05:30] Details of the Philadelphia Cognitive Exam, the computerized screening system to diagnose and detect dementia that Dr. Weisman invented and validated. What impact has it made on people with dementia?[07:42] What research are you currently working on, surrounding Alzheimer's?[09:30] How did you manage doing clinical trials during the pandemic? Did you have to put your research on pause or simply change how it was done?[12:53] What are the biggest findings that you've uncovered in your Alzheimer's research?[13:18] What about your research makes you most optimistic about the future of Alzheimer's diagnosis or treatment?[13:56] You founded a research center and now you conduct research outside an academic center. Explain the difference between the two and why did you do it that way?[15:38] Would you recommend the COVID-19 vaccines to people with Alzheimer's dementia or other cognitive impairment and are there special side-effects that we should keep an eye on?[17:58] What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Someone who's interested in doing research?[19:47] What do you think is your biggest strength that enables you to have a unique, impactful effect on older adults or adults with dementia?[20:41] Wrap-upDavid Weisman, M.D., received a BA in philosophy from Franklin and Marshall College, then an MD from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. After an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, he completed neurology residency at Yale, where he served as Chief resident. He then went to University California, San Diego for fellowship training in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.You can learn more about Dr. Weisman and his work at: https://www.abingtonneurology.com/providers/weisman/
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Jon Warner – What’s the Future of Technology for Improving Health and Longevity for Older Adults?
In this episode of Boomer Living, we have Jon Warner - Startup Growth Strategy, Digital Health, and Aging Tech Expert, Entrepreneur, and Author.We discuss the Aging category (demographically and psychographically). Population health data about the aging sector, Innovation and Technology best practices in health for older adults, Innovation, and Technology best practices in areas other than health for older adults, Gaps in the space, and where entrepreneurs/startups should focus their time and energy, and much more...[00:00] Pre-intro dialogue[01:41] Introduction[02:18] Since you've had pretty much every role imaginable, how do you think this benefits you and what you're doing today at Silver Moonshots?[03:13] What is unique about the aging category, both demographically and psychographically?[04:12] There are many cohorts within new that age span. How would you break it up, 50 plus to 65? What are the good breaking points?[06:40] How does population health data help the aging sector move forward?[07:46] Has this data always been available? What's the history? Has it always been there?[08:47] How is the way that we're learning about health from a population level changing in the last few years?[10:16] What are some of the best practices for health innovation in technology for older adults that you've seen?[11:20] What do you think, or how do you ensure that the solutions are accessible to older adults who may not be as tech literate?[12:48] Outside of the realm of health, what are the best practices for innovation and technology solutions aimed at older adults?[14:18] How can entrepreneurs or startups identify gaps in this space and learn where to prioritize our time and resources?[17:42] Can you tell us why having a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is so essential?[18:59] How can other senior-focused companies develop this culture? Do you have any tips for them?[20:22] What do you see as the future of digital health and aging tech?[21:23] We can't lump cohorts together[22:59] On a personal level, what do you think is your biggest strength that enables you to have a unique, impactful effect on digital health and aging tech?[24:21] You worked with a wide gamut of age span; startups, perhaps millennials and the customers, 50 plus. Do you think working closely with this wide group of people has changed you in any way?[25:25] Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share?[26:08] Wrap-up5-time company CEO, Jon Warner is a widely respected entrepreneurship expert having founded and led 3 startups (with 2 successful exits). Warner manages the deal flow into a Los Angeles-based Healthcare investment fund-Adaptive Health Capital and is CEO of Silver Moonshots-a research organization and “virtual incubator” for startups focused on health technology and innovation aimed at the 50+ population. He is also a prolific author having published 40 books, all concerning business, leadership, innovation, and technology-his latest –‘SLAM’ is a question guide for entrepreneurs.Warner is LA Chapter Ambassador for Aging 2.0 and is Co-chair of the annual “Aging into the Future” conference in LA. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Redlands University where he teaches entrepreneurship.CEO Jon Warner - Silver Moonshots: http://silvermoonshots.org/Reference's in the interview:Steve Blank - Professor of Entrepreneurship at Stanford Engineering: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/contributor/steve-blank/ Joseph F. Coughlin - Director, MIT AgeLab: https://agelab.mit.edu/people/joseph-f-coughlinAgeLab: https://agelab.mit.edu/about-agelab
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Tom Egan - How Do We Continue to Provide Affordable Housing for Seniors?
In this episode of Boomer Living, we have Tom Egan. He provides overall executive leadership for FSL [Foundation for Senior Living], oversees the day-to-day operations, provides fiduciary oversight, and is actively involved in fund development. Tom promotes greater awareness of FSL within the community and guides the vision and strategic direction for FSL.We discuss why he started FSL, his focus on clients and their caregivers, one-on-one customized care, the state of affordable housing, the effect of the pandemic on affordable housing, and much more...[00:00] Affordable housing, particularly for seniors is a challenge.[01:22] Introduction[02:14] Why did you start FSL, Foundation for Senior Living? And what problem did you see that you set out to solve?[03:01] Why do you choose to focus on the clients as well as their caregivers?[03:47] How are you able to provide one-on-one customized care at scale?[07:49] Can you tell us a bit about the state of affordable senior housing in Arizona?[08:46] How is Arizona different from affordable housing on a national level?[10:21] What more needs to be done to ensure everyone has access to affordable senior housing?[10:58] What effect is the pandemic having on affordable housing? [12:10] Are any of these changes, part of a larger trend that's likely to continue even after the pandemic is gone?[14:02] Why is it important to you to focus on the poor and the vulnerable people?[15:08] People often think these problems that we're facing, systemic and too big for one person to make a difference. What would you say to someone like that to motivate them, to make the changes that are so necessary in our world?[16:43] On a personal level, what do you think is your biggest strength that enables you to have a unique, impactful effect on older adults?[17:33] Do you think working closely with older adults changed you in any way?[19:09] Would you like to share anything about affordable senior housing? Do you have any last thoughts?[20:24] Parting words of wisdom and wrap-up.Tom Egan has 20 years of experience in non-profit organizations, including 16 years of nonprofit management experience and he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.You can learn more on his web site at https://www.fsl.org
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Todd Andrews - How Do Successful Senior Living Organizations Look in the Future?
In this episode of Boomer Living, we have Todd Andrews, Division President, responsible for overseeing Asbury Communities CCRC’s that encompass a portfolio of 8 communities in 3 states. These communities serve 4300 residents and employ more than 2800 associates. This role encompasses full operational accountability, innovation, and service delivery to support Asbury’s mission of Doing All the Good We Can.During Todd’s 28 plus years serving residents, he has provided strategic leadership in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. A staunch advocate for helping others live their best life, Todd’s leadership focuses on enhancing lifestyle opportunities and meeting people where they are in their lives. He is responsible for driving the strategic plan, organizational vision, and growth of the mission to both our residents and staff alike.We discuss why he believes senior living communities are the best place to be during the COVID-19 pandemic and the bad press these communities have received, attracting good talent, why communication throughout the organization is the most important focus we need to have in these times, and how it is essential for retention of staff and much more...[00:00] Pre-Introduction discussion[01:20] Introduction[01:48] Can you explain why you believe that senior living communities are the best place to be during the pandemic?[03:11] Why do you think so much of the bad press around COVID was aimed at nursing homes and other assisted living communities? Do you think they were easy targets for the media?[04:18] Have you found it harder to attract quality talent in these times? How can we continue to attract talent to our field nowadays?[05:43] What shifts in talent acquisition do you think are vital to the industry's success in a post-COVID world?[07:29] In 10 or 20 years, what changes do you think the senior living industry will undergo?[10:16] What are those factors that define a successful senior living organization?[12:52] Will the factors that describe a successful senior living organization change in the future, post-COVID?[16:04] What is stopping us from getting to a successful senior living organization, sooner?[18:57] How do you try to embody Asbury's mission of doing all the good we can in your day-to-day job?[20:44] Is Asbury's mission something that you carry into your everyday life as well?[22:30] A senior living community is more than a business.[23:45] How do you empower such a large workforce, over 2,800 associates, to also live by Asbury's mission?[25:16] What do you think is your biggest strength that enables you to have a unique, impactful effect on older adults?[26:38] Do you think working closely with older adults has changed you in any way?[27:21] Do you have anything else that you would like to share?[28:44] Wrap-upTodd Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Binghamton University and resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Melissa, 3 children, and French bulldog Bella.Todd's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-andrews-54035832/
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Dr. Nate Bergman - Can You Prevent Memory Loss And Alzheimer's Or Is It Inevitable?
On this episode of Boomer Living, we have Dr. Nate Bergman, Chief Scientific Wellness Officer for Kemper Cognitive Wellness, speaking about brain health and the concept of "Scientific Wellness" and how it relates to brain aging and wellness.[01:24] Introduction[02:04] Is memory loss preventable in any way or is it inevitable as we age?[03:16] Aside from memory loss, what other kinds of cognitive loss are possible and how can we pick up on this early both for ourselves and observing it in our loved ones?[06:49] Do you think our lifestyle lends ourselves to constantly be bombarded with information flashing in front of us and just taking us in so many different directions, does that contribute to it?[08:28] What should we do if we or someone we know are experiencing these types of loss?[10:37] Can you give an overview of what dimentigens are?[12:08] What are the most common dimentigens, and how do we best avoid dimentigens in our own lives?[17:55] Planning for longevity, aging, attitude towards aging, and caregiving should start in you're younger years.[20:52] Finding the strength to be a caregiver.[22:51] What is "Scientific Wellness" and how was it relevant to brain aging and wellness?[24:34] Is there anything beyond lifestyle factors that is evidence-based that may help delay or improve the effects of cognitive aging, perhaps technology?[27:23] What other types of anti-memory loss technology do you think we'll see in the next decade?[29:09] Kemper Cognitive Wellness is launching a new course for caregivers which gives theoretical and practical information to help new caregivers navigate the ins-and-outs of caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's and dementia.Dr. Nate Bergman is a board-certified physician currently acting as the Chief Scientific Wellness Officer for Kemper Cognitive Wellness in Cleveland, Ohio. He formerly co-developed the brain health program at Cleveland Clinic's - Center for Functional Medicine. The author of peer-reviewed medical articles, a podcaster himself, and father of 5 very neurodiverse children!Dr. Bergman's podcast "Evolving Past Alzheimer’s" brings you the highest caliber information on Alzheimer’s prevention and reversal and pathways to thrive in life’s “second half.” The challenge of Alzheimer’s has provided humanity with an opportunity to upgrade its collective consciousness. Listen here: https://evolvingpast.com/
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