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Seniors STRAIGHT Talk
48 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL Pres. & the Nursing Home Reform Agenda
Mark Parkinson, stands stunningly at the helm of the American Health Care Association and American Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the largest U.S. association for long term care. It represents14,000 for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes and assisted living residences, sub-acute center and homes for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The organization's mission is to find and help deliver solutions so that frail, elderly and impaired citizens receive the quality care they deserve regardless of the setting. Prior to serving as the 45th governor of Kansas, Parkinson owned and operated long-term care facilities in both Kansas and Missouri, bringing to his position an understanding of the landscape from an insider perspective. The pandemic and its impact on nursing home residents, brought to light the issues that have long existed in our nation's nursing homes. Seizing on the need for change, Mark Parkinson embarked on a mission to find solutions that would improve the quality of care for our nation’s elder citizens. Thus, working in partnership with Leading Age, the Care for Seniors Act was created and released in March, 2021. The Care for Seniors Act addresses four key areas with recommendations for policy changes in each area that can positively impact quality of care. The four areas are: Clinical, Workforce, Oversight and Structural. Mark Parkinson adeptly describes each of the reform areas and how he envisions this can impact nursing home quality of care.
67 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
MyLiquitab: World's First Ultrasound Medication Delivery System
MyLiquitab, is the world’s first innovative product that uses ultrasonic technology converting solid dose medications to liquids. At its core It is revolutionary and can positively impact millions of people in the United States from the youngest child to the oldest adult. The number of people who cannot swallow solid dose medications is growing annually and statistics indicate that 1 in 3 older adults has some difficulty swallowing solid dose medications. For anyone who has every visited a nursing home or hospital, the disruptive and jarring metal clang, clang, clanging of the pill crushing device used to crush medications is inescapable. Crushing medication is a common occurrence in all care settings, as 30% of all people admitted to hospitals and those residing in nursing homes have difficulty swallowing solid dose medications. Manually grinding medication is time consuming, and healthcare workers can attest to the stress and resulting physical discomfort on their hands, wrists and shoulders. In addition, there is also a risk of inhaling aerosols from the medication being transformed. With the increasing number of older adults who choose to remain in their own homes as they age, so the number of people experiencing swallow difficulties with concomitant difficulty swallowing solid dose medication will also increase. Every ill-health category has a component that affects a person's ability to swallow from the common cold and sore throat to most serious conditions (throat and neck cancer, Neurologic Disorders, Strokes, Parkinson's Disease, dementia, Brain Injuries, as well as persons with with Intellectual Disabilities and psychiatric illnesses. Keith Dobson has invented a game changing device. The use of ultrasonic technology includes toothbrushes, measuring babies in utero, locating people's veins and now MyLiquitab uses ultrasonic technology for medication delivery.
54 minutes | May 19, 2021
Dr. Bill Thomas' and His Latest Vision for Senior Care
Dr. Thomas has always challenged the negative stereotypes around aging in hopes of changing the narrative. It's the story that matters, he says. How people interpret their experience goes a long way to determining their wellbeing.” The realization that older people clustered in one building was fundamental to the explosion of the Coronavirus in nursing homes inspired Dr. Thomas once again to pursue a new terrain in aging care. His visionary thinking led him to this latest project which embodies the concept of “neighborliness” a familiar and comfortable concept of small towns and local areas in big towns and cities around this country. In cooperation with Signature Health Care – currently called Canopy, Dr. Thomas is creating living environments in clusters of small geriatrician designed homes where seniors can live in place but receiving the support they may need from a traditional nursing home, while creating a tightknit group of neighbors. “People of all ages and abilities deserve to live in the place and manner of their choosing. What we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders (and their needs) central to our collective pursuit of happiness and wellbeing” - Dr. Bill Thomas
51 minutes | May 4, 2021
Part II: Joe Morabito - When Parents Move In with Adult Children
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 process, but understands what that journey is all about because Paragon Home Resources was founded on personal experience. Joe's account of his first hand experiences with the many stages of transitions for his father, and eventually his mother provide valuable information and insights for anyone who thinks they may be approaching that situation with their loved ones or for those at the beginning stages of that journey. Joe Morabito returns in this follow up episode talking about the struggles and challenges families experience when their older parents need to transition out of their home. In the previous episode we discussed transitions from home to assisted living and nursing home. In this episode, we discuss the scenarios involved when older adults have to move in with their adult child. We'll address some of the considerations and challenges that arise, including the physical needs and limitations of the living space to which the older adult is supposed to move. Joe is a phenomenal story teller. The breath and wealth of his experiences, both personal as well as in this industry, can offer valuable insights for any person facing these issues.
57 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Paragon Global Resources with Founding President Joe Morabito
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 process, but understands what that journey is all about because Paragon Home Resources was founded on personal experience. Joe's account of his first hand experiences with the many stages of transitions for his father, and eventually his mother provide valuable information and insights for anyone who thinks they may be approaching that situation with their loved ones or for those at the beginning stages of that journey.
59 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Attorney Mike Dark
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 that, since 1983, has been dedicated to improving the quality of care and quality of life for residents in long term care environments - nursing homes and assisted living residences. The organization's initiatives include advocacy, community education, long term care reform, and working on legislation and justice so that consumers can understand their rights under the law. As the Attorney for the CANHR, Mike Dark speaks candidly about the well-documented long standing situations that have existed in nursing home predating COVID including: understaffing which seems at its root seems to be placing profit over care, inadequate government oversight and enforcement of care standards, and misleading consumer information, inadequate pay for health care workers, insufficient training and education, poor infection control standards, and the list goes on. What is the culprit and what are the remedies? There are no simple solutions. But accepting business-as-usual or that's just the way it is is not what we want for our own loved ones, for ourselves as emerging elders and is a commentary on our society if we cannot provide better care and quality of life for our eldest citizens. This is a lively and insightful conversation you won't want to miss.
67 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Senior's Straight Talk - April 6th, 2021
59 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Long Term Care Ombudsman Fight For You and Your Rights
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 residences. The Ombudsman acts on behalf of, and at the direction of residents. Communication between residents, family members, legal guardians as applicable, and any other parties are strictly confidential They do this by responding to and investigating complaints brought to them by residents or any interested parties acting on their behalf. The Ombudsman also monitors state and federal laws and regulations, and makes recommendations for areas that need improvement. The program also recruits, trains, and supervises Volunteer Resident Advocates who assist residents in resolving concerns. All Ombudsman Services are free. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman operates according to these guiding principles: RECEIVE and looks into complaints, and assists residents in resolving problems. EDUCATE residents and families about their rights. EMPOWER and supports residents and families to discuss concerns with nursing home staff. PROVIDE information regarding long-term care programs and services. ADVOCATE improvements in state and federal laws and regulations. REPRESENT residents’ interests before governmental agencies. IDENTIFY and seeks to remedy gaps in facility, government, or community services. RESPECT the privacy and confidentiality of residents.
63 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Thought Leader for Change Robert Kramer
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 develop actionable models to address the challenges faced by older adults and our society's caring for them. Mr. Kramer's theological background is apparent. His style and presentation is captivating; one can't help to be drawn in to his every word. Mr. Kramer traces his beginnings in the early 90's as co-founder of NIC. Under his leadership, the organization became the go-to resource for data and analytics for the rapidly expanding seniors housing and care industry and he was acknowledged as a thought leader for new ideas and trends impacting the provision of housing, services and care for older adults as well as addressing the ageism that often relegates older adults to lives of learned dependency, helplessness and loneliness. He'll share what he learned from then and the thread that runs through to his latest insights, concerns about how we move forward in caring for older adults and the burgeoning older population. He, as well as many others, know that nursing homes must be reimagined. Our system of caring for older adults is out of step with current needs and many of the nursing home buildings where people reside are relics of the past. Will society have the appetite to spend the amount of money that will be needed to care for older adults as they advance in years to the end of their life journey? Listen in to what Mr. Kramer has to say. I was hanging on every word.
45 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Where Are we Now? One Year Since COVID19
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 people as they age. The coronavirus spotlighted long-standing difficulties in the nursing home industry as a whole and the quality of care it provides for its residents. But, it also highlighted the need for treating essential workers, especially those healthcare workers who provide care for nursing home residents, with the respect and dignity they deserve; this includes a fair living wage. Is the lack of dignity, respect and a living wage related to the fact that many of these workers find their roots in minority communities? This reality extends to vaccine availability and access where older adults are often isolated and without internet access. The discussion turns to purposeful aging and longevity within the United States, taking into account cultural and societal differences, as well as aging around the globe. The Milken Institute works towards improving lives and believes that societies are stronger when its older citizens live healthy, productive and purposeful lives. Science has done its part in helping us live longer, but have societal attitudes business, academia, communities and governmental institutions kept up with advancements in medicine that are allowing us to live longer? What can people do to ensure productive, quality life in their advanced years when so much of our culture venerates youth and how can intergenerational communication and working relationships impact society’s attitudes towards our elder citizens? Paul Irving provides his insights and suggestions from his years of research and work with thought leaders around the country.
62 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Skilled Nursing in the News with Editor Alex Spanko
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 against the other that's going to create the needed change in how we care for nursing home residents: legislative/policy change, reimbursement structure, for-profit provider/lobbyists, advocacy groups. He contends this equates to heroes and villains, but this will not solve the long-standing issues that have existed in nursing homes from their inception. That is the real issue: how they were designed structurally and the mindset behind their purpose. Now, at the one year anniversary since the beginning of COVID and the disaster that occurred in nursing homes, we can acknowledge that mistakes were made. However, at the time politicians, CMS and hospital administration were making decisions in an unprecedented situation. Could there have been fewer fatalities? The answer is possibly yes. Is anyone specifically to blame The reality is probably no. It's a system that clearly needs reimagining. Alex' fresh journalist perspective lays it out clearly. You'll want to hear what he has to say.
52 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Long-term Care CHANGE & The Pioneer Network
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 provide a more dignified and respectful living environment, and what providers of traditional models can do to make small changes that make a big difference. The discussion will continue with the importance of how we can go about educating families so that they understand the possibilities eventuating in them becoming advocates so their loved ones receive quality care in nursing homes. We will entertain the idea that ageism is a root cause for how we treat and care our aging parents and eldest citizens and what we can do change attitudes towards older people in society as a whole.
64 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Dr. David Grabowski on 1 year with COV19 in Nursing Homes
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 residents and a safe workplace for healthcare workers who should be valued and respected for their work caring for our country’s older adults. He discusses the importances of developing strategies to facilitate vaccine acceptance amongst nursing home healthcare workers and the important role that leadership plays in building trust amongst staff. The discussion continues with societal considerations that would allow older adults to remain in their home for care as well as shedding light on the differences between long term nursing home care and assisted living.
46 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
CT AARP 2021 Legislative Agenda with State Director Nora Duncan
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 the end of civil immunity for nursing homes. Governor Ned LaMont signed the legislation which would allow families to pursue legal recourse on behalf of loved ones in nursing homes in the most egregious cases. Nora also explains the money follows the person program which would allow people to remain in their home to receive care. Especially relevant in the present COVID19 climate which has resulted in people's increased reluctance to move into a nursing home environment. Finally, we discuss ageism as it impacts care and treatment of older adults.
64 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Dementia Map Global Resource Directory with Creator Lori La Bey
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 Resource Directory is easy to use. It asks nothing from the user, it's completely for the user. No need for log in information, remembering passwords, supplying email addresses. It's for anyone who wants to find any information related to dementia, straight forward and user friendly. What a gift!!!! Brava Lori. From the Dementia Map Global Resource we continue to discuss aging and ageism, the importance of embracing our elder years, our wisdom, and counteract ageist attitudes which can affect how we care for and treat older adults and especially persons with dementia.
54 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Baby Boomer Trends with Next Avenue Editor Richard Eisenberg
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 caregiving. This episode will discuss trends regarding retirement, educational pursuits, societal attitudes and misconceptions towards older adults, how this affects an older person's self image and their openness to pursue passions, interests and entrepreneurial pursuits in the elder years. Because people may think of older adults as not being tech savvy, they may have a misconception that they don't shop online. But, from shopping to checking the weather, seniors are using the internet more frequently and are a significant demographic using social media.
58 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Encore A Global Network for Positive Aging Advocates with Jan Hively
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 Ended Working Group on Aging. This passionate and lively conversation highlights the Vital Improvement Practice, which looks at strengths and needs considering individual and environmental considerations, the Universal Needs of Older adults, the Dimensions of Positive Aging, Advocacy and the importance of Self-Advocacy and Aging in Place possibilities, including Dr. Bill Thomas'Green House and Minka homes, shared housing and small residential care homes. Jan Hively not only lives her mission every day but she is the face of the mission. Tune in!!!!
57 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Dr. Mike Wasserman: Inequality of Older Adult Care During COV19
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% of all of the deaths from the virus in the U.S. and much of it could have been prevented. Dr. Wasserman points the finger at poor government oversight, lack of accountability and an industry that places profit ahead of people as the culprits. This comes at a time when public health experts are predicting a surge in cases after holiday gatherings, increased time indoors during the winter weather, and a new strain which is spreading across the globe. He says the roll out for the vaccine was ill prepared, and whatever plan was in place was a bad one.
64 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Who are Nursing Homed Medical Directors and Why You Need to Know?
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 physician and rehabilitation services in long-term care settings. Bardakh helps listeners understand the importance of asking pertinent questions about who will be caring for their loved ones and the importance of training and competency in geriatrics, a specialty focused on the specific health needs, care and disease prevention for all physicians serving in the long term care setting. Explanations are framed against a backdrop of ageism and the importance of advocacy in caring for vulnerable adults to the same degree we do for our children.
65 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Seniors STRAIGHT Talk - December 30th, 2020
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