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ProAging Podcast

ProAging Podcast

By Steve Gurney
Discussions on a variety of topics related to positive aging and the longevity marketplace.

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Solo Aging - Our MOST POPULAR Discussion Topic!

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Understanding Aging Life Care Management
A live and interactive discussion with some of the leadership team of the Aging Life Care Association®.Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Learn how these professionals provide a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges Aging Life Care Association® Mission Promoting and leading the community of Aging Life Care Professionals® through our unique knowledge base, continuing education, professional development, and the highest ethical practices.
September 21, 2022
Giving Up The Car Keys & Other Challenging Transitions
Learn about a groundbreaking program that uses the elements and structure of ritual to ease people through through transitions which occur in the second half of life! Marsha Weiner, MA Co-Author Transitional Keys A Guidebook: Rituals to Improve the Quality of Life for Older Adults Thanks to Maryland Relay for their support this month Jenny Pearson | Hamilton Relay | Maryland Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator O: 410.767.0969 | C: 443-280-4535 | Questions Asked The automobile and the home are the two primary pillars of independence in our society. Many times, individuals have to give up both of these simultaneously. Very difficult and a potential threat to one's identity. Your auto insurance company may have testing sites that can evaluate one's driving competency and make suggestions of aids and technologies that can compensate for some sensory loss.
September 16, 2022
Grandparenting Roundtable
There are over 70 million grandparents in the US , and each month 75,000 more join the club! Join us to discuss why grandparents and grandchildren need each other now more than ever! Kerry Byrne, PhD, Founder The Long Distance Grandparent Donne Davis, Founder GaGa Sisterhood Questions Asked How do we measure parents well-being? my daughter and her husband, have 3 little ones, 3, 2, and 6 months. our son-in-law has shut down since the youngest was born and won’t communicate with us. Our daughter does but I feel she is carrying a heavy load. My husband is not yet welcome to visit them and hasn’t met the youngest.  this is a long-distance family. the youngest child is 6 months. How do you help grandparents at a distance understand  LGBTQIA+ issues in their grandkids? What resources do you recommend about non-binary and trans grandkids? And then when there is dementia and grandparents can't remember pronouns? Teenagers for LGBTQIA+ question Would like to know what impact the spike in housing costs has had on families.   Have young parents and their kids been forced to FLEE high costs markets or made the decision to return to hometown to be closer to grandparents?  For years, the housing community has been talked about Generation Priced Out — have new intergenerational households reversed that trend during the pandemic?
September 14, 2022
Discussion with Emergency Room Physician Brittany A. Lamb, MD
Get an insiders perspective on life in the Emergency Room and how we can plan, prepare, and adapt for ourselves, our loved ones and our clients Learn how to make a plan for their care in advance, so you can act instead of react. Know you made the best choices you could in the situations you were given. Gain control over the decisions you must make that will affect their life and yours. View full recording with chat transcript and more at
August 24, 2022
Solo Aging - Our MOST POPULAR Discussion Topic!
Growing older is complex and filled with uncertainties. But growing older alone requires thinking critically about the ever-evolving challenges. Join us for a live and interactive discussion that explores a whole-person approach for living well beyond 65. Co-Hosted by Carol Marak, Author of Solo and Smart: The Roadmap for a Supportive and Secure Future
August 17, 2022
Discussion with author of Dementia Home Care: How to Prepare Before, During, and After
Tracy Cram Perkins is a dementia caregiving survivor with over 12 years of caregiving experience, who is currently caring for her fourth family member. It is her mission to supply caregivers with proven shortcuts to reduce the stresses of dementia care. Tracy Cram Perkins teaches hands-on solutions for reducing repetitive questions, melt downs, and wandering using simple fixes found at the hardware store. Email: Website: Watch video and chat transcript 
August 03, 2022
Understanding, Treating and Living with Aphasia - Panel Presentation
Superstar Bruce Willis is living proof that changes in our health can happen to anyone! Much of what you are reading in the news may be misleading.  Panel members include  Susan I. Wranik MS, MA, CCC-SLP  Suzanne Coyle, MA, CCC-SLP, Executive Director Stroke Comeback Center  Marcia Moran - Individual with Aphasia  Susan Emery - Individual with Aphasia
April 01, 2022
Discussion with TV Show Host Matt Paxton - Hoarders and Legacy List
Interactive discussion with Matt Paxton host of Hoarders and the new PBS Series "Legacy List with Matt Paxton".   Matt will share stories, tips and insights to help you, your loved ones and your clients approach downsizing from a new perspective. One of the top hoarding experts in the country and a featured cleaner on the hit television show HOARDERS. Matt is the host of the new downsizing show Legacy List with Matt Paxton that will air on Public Television starting in 2020. Paxton started cleaning out houses after his father, step-father and both grandfathers died in the same year and are the reason Matt has been working with families struggling with hoarding and downsizing for almost 20 years. Matt appears regularly as a public speaker, television guest and radio personality helping families find the upside of downsizing. He lives in Virginia with his family.
March 30, 2022
Discussion with Steven Petrow the award-winning author of STUPID THINGS I WON'T DO WHEN I GET OLD
A discussion that takes a humorous, irreverent, and poignant look at the gifts, stereotypes, and inevitable challenges of aging Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and book author who is best known for his Washington Post and New York Times essays on aging, health, and civility. This special event is brought to you by Montcordia with support from the Positive Aging Community Questions/Comments Answered in the Discussion As I understand it, Hollywood has discovered the beaut;y of silver/gray/white hair.  I'm jealous. I am over 80, it doesn't look like I will ever get it. You've mentioned that we older adults tend to participate in "organ recitals".  Can you speak to the downside of such discussions and how to diffuse them? This book is a great resource for talks with our adult kids.  Have the conversations with them now, so we can clearly articulate what we want.  Saying things out loud, or even write them down into a contract! there is a publication called "five wishes" that helps tell those you love what you want done as you age and how you want people to remember you How can I invite Steven to speak to a future Zoom meeting with the group I lead in Arlington, TX (Ambassadors For Aging Well). 500+ members... "Does Steven know anything about use of video for end of life issue planning and decision making bob Hoffman" Steve, what is your next book? Research?  Joys of aging well? Thank you, Steve for sharing that you are in the midst of writing a new book.  In the meantime, love your articles.
March 30, 2022
Solo Aging Discussion with Joy Loverde, author of Who Will Take Care Of Me When I’m Old?
Joy Loverde has a reputation for being a path carver and visionary. Joy is the author of the "Who Will Take Care Of Me When I’m Old?" and "The Complete Eldercare Planner." The American Medical Association says, “It’s the best book we’ve seen.”
March 02, 2022
Discussion with the Author of Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life
Wondering where to live in your later years? A discussion with the author of a strategic and thoughtful guide aimed at anyone looking to determine the best place to call home during the second half of life.  Ryan Frederick CEO of SmartLiving 360 and Author of Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life  This event is co-hosted and produced in partnership with JK Moving Services
November 18, 2021
Retire Abroad? Live & Interactive Discussion with Dan Prescher, Senior Editor of International Living
A live & interactive discussion with Dan Prescher Senior Editor of International Living and the Author of Retiring Overseas on a Budget a foremost authority on worldwide living options. Learn about different destinations, costs, protocols and healthcare considerations.   Co-hosted by Toni Reinhart, a recent retiree who is living with her husband in Spain.   Since 1979, International Living has highlighted overseas retirement destinations in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, countries where you can enjoy a whole host of benefits, including low cost but very high quality and caring healthcare, good value real estate, a very low cost of living,
November 04, 2021
Understanding Funeral Homes and Crematories & the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
A live & interactive discussion with the founder of the largest search tool of prices and locations of funeral homes and cremation providers in the nation! Learn about FEMA financial assistance program for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 Ed Michael Reggie, CEO of Funeralocity Questions Asked: Body Composting, can you talk about the new funeral concept for composting the persons body and remains Person dies outside a hospital.  Person is an organ donor (e.g., eyes, kidneys).  Can you discuss the normal process from death to cremation? Donating our body to science after death? Without use of Funeral Home, Family can take care of their own dead and care for the body and bury, the book is Caring for our own dead, home funerals, can you talk about this? Not against law in some states not to use a funeral home or even bury body in the back yard or on family land book gives step by step guide how to get death certificate family can do this if they choose If you decide to have a home funeral do you legally need a funeral hime for anything Cremains frequently come from the funeral home in a plastic bag inside a black plastic box.  Do most families deposit the black plastic box in the ground (no vault), or do they remove the plastic bag from the black box, pierce the plastic, and cover the plastic bag with earth? Will FEMA reimburse families who have already buried their loved ones who have died from covid? up to total of three people three funeral costsmay be reembursed possible thirty thousand dollars possible or more when phone lines opened first days of program more than one million people called and phone lines shut down FEMA call center hired many more people An attorney read and looked at read specific details of the funeral reembursement program and attorney interpreted and  said the FEMA funeral program will reemburse for COVID related deaths even if the life insurance policy paid for the funeral. Can you comment on this are you familiar with this part of the reembursement program? Could you explain that 1984 Funeral Law again, thank you so much Not funeral prepaid for but paid for by the life insurance policy
November 03, 2021
Let's Stop Scams & Protect Older Adults
Nationally 11 percent of adults—approximately 25.6 million people—were victims of scams. Join us for a discussion with Melissa Smarr with Silver Shield the Anti-Scam Campaign and Stephen Izaguirre with the Virginia Attorney Generals office for a live and interactive discussion on common scams, solutions and resources.
October 30, 2021
Meet the End of Life Doulas
Live & Interactive Discussion with members of The International End of Life Doula Association End-of-Life Doulas are non-medical companions to the dying and their families. Doulas do not take the place of hospice personnel; rather, they complement other services that a dying person and their family may be receiving, including hospice or palliative care. Panel of Instructors: The International End of Life Doula Association Julia Andino Kris Kington-Barker Marady Duran Valoria Walker
October 28, 2021
The Legal Implications of Solo Aging
A live & interactive discussion that will dive into legal planning, challenges, and solutions for current and future solo agers! Co-hosted by Carol Marak, Author of Solo and Smart  Featuring: JOSHUA D. WINGER, Attorney Byrd & Byrd, Attorneys at Law Questions answered in the discussion: As a solo ager with no people to whom I want/need to leave money, but also no one to take care of me, the challenge is how to plan the spend down of my wealth.  Ideally I would spend the last penny as I jump in my grave.  Annuities have, in my view, lots of complications and restrictions and other problems. Banks:  What if you have $1 million but it is in real estate?  Do banks require $1 million in liquid assets? Steve, Please tell us the expeted duration of this Webinar. If you have more than one back up successor, how do they make decisions if they disagree? Please address options for those of us with no savings, assets (other than house with mortgage for 80% of house) or retirement beyond Social Security... I have a health care agent plus a backup.  If I add more, with sequencing, do I have to redo the document and must it be notarized? So on safe desposit box you can name someone who can have access only if you die or are declared incompetent? I have been told most banks will not accept my general power of attorney, but require their own forms.  True? Revocaable Trust, does a general statement that " I hereby put all of my property in my trust," does this title the property to the trust?Thank you so much If you have already added your children to a bank account to handle things in an emergency situation should I try to undo that? This is much more of a problem as we have shifted from defined benefit to defined cost pension plans. Thank you! What about a pour over willl to the trust? What time is Medicaid Monday at Byrd and Byrd?
October 21, 2021
Interactive discussion with Author of How to Avoid Being a Victim of the American Healthcare System
Learn “what to do if you have to go to a hospital, how to handle an insurance company’s claim denial, how to find an alternative to high-priced prescriptions and why the current pay-for-fee system is inadequate.  Dr. David Wilcox Author of How To Avoid Being a Victim of the American Healthcare System: A Patient's Handbook for Survival
October 16, 2021
Prepare for Medicare 2022 Open Enrollement
Starting on October 15th, current Medicare beneficiaries can make changes for the 2022 plan year. Learn about changes in Medicare, how to review your options, and how to have a successful annual review. This is a live interactive event so you can get the answers to all your Medicare questions. Featuring John Norce, Founder of the Medicare Portal
October 14, 2021
Building a Regional Age-Friendly Community Network
The George Washington (GW) Center for Aging, Health and Humanities has been named a recipient of a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant to establish an Age-Friendly Regional Network for the DMV! Join us for a live & interactive discussion about this exciting initiative!! Meet the Leadership of these Age-Friendly Communities! Alexandria Arlington District of Columbia (DC) Hyattsville Montgomery County And their Age-Friendly Academic Partners George Washington University (GW) Center for Aging, Health and Humanities GW Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service Georgetown University Aging & Health Program
October 08, 2021
Live and interactive discussion with the author of Your Caregiver Relationship Contract
A thought-provoking discussion that will explore working through expectations, how to set caregiver boundaries, the need to structure hard conversations with mom and dad, and how to pull together a support network for caregiver self-care. About Debra Hallisey In 2015 life changed for Debra Hallisey. She became responsible for her disabled mother after her father’s death. As she took on the roles of financial adviser, caregiver, social director—as well as her continuing role as daughter—she found herself asking “what do I do?” and “where do I start?” She brought her 25 years of experience as a consultant building and enhancing corporate training programs for Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Canada to the problem and, in the process, learned how many other people are in a similar situation caring for a parent, a sibling, a spouse, or significant other. She has used the knowledge she has gained to develop The site offers practical advice for caregivers and lessons learned from others on how they handle challenges on issues such as legal, financial, insurance, and caregiving. A caregiver knowledge expert and an advocate for older adults and their families, Debra is a Certified Caregiving Consultant™ and Certified Dementia Practitioner®. She holds an M.A. in Leadership and Supervision and is currently taking additional training to become certified as a Certified Caregiving Educator (CCE) and a Certified Caregiving Facilitator (CCF).
October 01, 2021
How to Pay for Care discussion with Elder Law, Aging Life Care, Lifecare Affordability Plan
A live and interactive discussion with three important professions that will focus on how to pay for longterm care and managing a crisis. Learn about innovative techniques and solutions for building a stable plan that includes healthcare, legal and finances.   Bernadette Sweeney, Attorney at Law - Elder Law Attorney  Colleen Duewel, LionHeart Eldercare & Consulting - Aging Life Care Manager  Arvette M. Reid, Lifecare Affordability Plan - Client Services Director
September 29, 2021
Meet the Moving , Downsizing and Organizing Solutions
A live and interactive discussion co-hosted with JK Moving Services featuring a panel of professionals dedicated to assisting older adults and their loved ones with moving and downsizing solutions. Gail Hubberman of MarketPro Homebuyers Donna Eichelberger of Graceful Transitions Anton Vanas of Long & Foster Real Estate
September 28, 2021
What's the Deal with the Delta Variant? Implications for Older Adults
The new strain of COVID-19 has caused concern, especially for older adults and vulnerable populations. A live & interactive discussion to better understand medical and pharmaceutical data and implications.  Live and interactive discussion with:  Alan Dappen, MD of DocTalker Family Medicine  Michelle Fritsch, PharmD, BCGP Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist
September 23, 2021
Understanding End-of-Life Options, including Medical Aid in Dying
An interactive panel discussion to learn more about end-of-life options in Md., D.C. and Virginia, with a focus on medical aid in dying, the medical practice that allows a mentally capable, terminally ill adult, with a prognosis of six months or less to live to die peacefully in their sleep. Donna Smith Compassion and Choices DC & MD Campaign Director Dixcy Bosley-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP Iona Senior Services Nurse Care Manager Kate Vasiloff Compassion and Choices Volunteer
September 22, 2021
Essential Tremor & Movement Disorders in Older Adults
Essential tremor affects an estimated 10 million Americans and classically starts anytime between age 40-90, sometimes earlier. Join us for a live and interactive discussion with a leader in treatment of movement disorders. Dr. Drew Falconer is board certified in neurology and is a fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist. He serves as Medical Director Inova Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center .
September 01, 2021
Homes that Make Life Easier & Support Aging in Place with Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
Take a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the top-rated universal design home in North America, the Universal Design Living Laboratory. This home received universal design certifications: EasyStep, Livable Design, and Life Flex Home. See the design features and products that make this home accessible, safe, convenient, and livable for a lifetime. Explore the details and interact with the presenter who led the design team, served as the general contractor, lives in the home, and uses a wheelchair. Participants will take away practical approaches and resources to integrate universal design and accessible design into their homes. The takeaways include resources, checklists, and tools that the attendees can immediately use in their homes to help them age in place. Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally recognized expert on accessible and universal design. She speaks to and consults with design and building professionals who want to design homes and workplaces that are more accessible, safe, and inclusive. She is the President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. which she founded in 1997.   In June 1998, Rossetti was crushed by a 7,000-pound tree while riding her bicycle and was paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. She speaks about accessible and universal design from first-hand experience since she uses a wheelchair.  Rossetti and her husband designed, built, and live in the Universal Design Living Laboratory, the national demonstration home and garden. This is the highest-rated universal design home in North America earning three national certifications.  Since May 2018 she has been on the Board of Directors of the Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. where she serves on the universal design certification committee. Since December 2017 she has been a member of the National Home Safety and Modification Work Group. She has been a Certified Living in Place Professional since September 2016. Rossetti is the author of the Universal Design Toolkit. As a foremost expert on universal and accessible design, she shares her knowledge and experience through her book, feature articles in national publications, in-person presentations, webinars, radio/TV interviews, and podcasts. Rossetti is an inspiring entrepreneur who is rethinking design and building by spearheading discussions and experiments around re-imagined living and working spaces.
September 01, 2021
Solo Aging - Live and Interactive Discussion with Carol Marak - Author, Solo and Smart
Studies show that 22 percent of Americans age 65+ are at risk for becoming “solo agers” or "elder orphans". Carol Marak - Author, Solo and Smart A noted speaker on topics related to aging alone and planning for solo aging in the years ahead, which include creating social support and connection, building community, and discovering new possibilities on aging alone, the kind that assist older adults to thrive.
September 01, 2021
Homesharing: Growing Trend for Older Adults
Affordable housing for our nation's aging population is a pressing priority, and homesharing is emerging as a viable solution to address this mounting challenge. Through partnerships involving homesharing providers, government entities and social providers, older adults can remain in their homes longer, avoid the detriments of isolation and ease their housing burden. Want to learn more? Tune into our panel to hear from Silvernest’s Jennifer Hammer on the benefits of modern homesharing.
June 25, 2021
Dakim - A Clinically Proven Brain Fitness Program
Dakim founder and CEO Dan Michel, shares Dakim's unique, patented brain training program which is based on a proprietary and innovative brain training protocol developed with guidance from its team of world-renowned scientific advisors, led by Gary Small, M.D., Director of the UCLA Longevity Center.
June 25, 2021
Meet the Aging Life Care Managers - Allyson Stanton, Megan Descutner, Sharon Dickol
Join us for a live and interactive conversation with a panel of Aging Life Care Managers. Each month we will get to know these professionals and learn how they help clients find solutions. This month features Aging Life Care Association members Allyson Stanton of Stanton Aging Solutions Megan Descutner of Golden Pond Elder Care Strategies Sharon Dickol of The Option Group Aging Life Care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through: Assessment and monitoring Planning and problem-solving Education and advocacy Family caregiver coaching
June 25, 2021
Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Connect Caregivers
Learn about an innovative platform, called Meadows, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) calls your loved one every day and asks all the right questions about their conditions. The answers are collected in a daily report, and sent to the people who manage their care.
May 07, 2021
Meet the Daily Money Managers
Join us for the first in our monthly series of discussions with members of the American Association of Daily Money Managers AADMM. A Daily Money Manager (DMM) is a financial professional who provides personal financial services to individuals and families, and who manages personal daily money matters such as bills, budgets, and record keeping and much more. This month our panel features: Leah Nichaman of Everyday Money Management Meryl Schaffer of TLC Daily Money Mentor Christine Dolan of C.Dolan & Associates
May 06, 2021
Meet the Elder Law Attorneys - Richard Abraham and Elizabeth Gray
An opportunity to meet, learn and interact with leading Elder Law Attorneys.  This month features attorneys: Richard Abraham of The Law Firm of Abraham & Bauer, LLC Elizabeth Gray of McCandlish Lillard
April 28, 2021
Content Marketing 101 for Senior Serving Organizations
Learn how digital content marketing — blogs, articles, videos, podcasts, etc. — can be a strategic way to connect with your ideal customer and drive real business results. You'll learn why high-quality content works and how it helps prospects get to know, like and trust you — and then buy from you. Jon DeNunzio brings nearly 20 years of experience from the newsroom of the Washington Post — working on both its print edition and website. He has run his own digital marketing business, Squarely Digital, since 2013
April 23, 2021
Meet the Aging Life Care Managers - Robin Mansfield - Mary Ann Buckley - Karen McPhail
A live and interactive conversation with a panel of Aging Life Care Managers. Each month we will get to know these professionals and learn how they help clients find solutions.    This month will feature Aging Life Care Association members Robin Mansfield of Aging Network Services Mary Ann Buckley of Corewood Care Karen McPhail of Eldementals    Aging Life Care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty.  Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:   Assessment and monitoring Planning and problem-solving Education and advocacy Family caregiver coaching
April 21, 2021
Learn About Senior Resources Serving Arlington, VA - Virtual Presentation and Expo
First-of-its-kind interactive presentation and expo brought to you by Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington County Area Agency on Aging, Arlington County Parks and Recreation and Positive Aging Sourcebook. This event will also feature the opportunity to connect with dozens of local providers offering senior housing, aging in place and helpful resources who are featured in the Virginia Hospital Center Senior Resource Guide. Order FREE copies click here Special thanks to the providers who have supported the Virginia Hospital Center Senior Resource Guide, click here or below to learn more Arlington Neighborhood Village Assisting Hands - Arlington At Home Alexandria Baby Boomers Home Health Brightstar - Arlington Brightstar-Fairfax Capital Caring Health Elder Nourish Farr Law Firm Georgetown Home Care Goodwin House, Inc. Home Instead Senior Care  Independent You, Senior Services Lifecare Affordability Plan Lifematters Lighthouse Senior Care Consultants Lionheart Eldercare & Consulting Mt Vernon at Home Nursing Referral Service Old Dominion Home Care Options For Senior America Corp Overwhelmend How Can I Help, LLC Paragon Home Care Right At Home-Fairfax SenCura Silverado Alexandria Memory Care Community Sunrise Senior Living TruBlue Total House Care Vinson Hall Corporation VITAS Healthcare
April 20, 2021
Safe & Accessible Home Solutions - First-of-its-Kind Live & Interactive Discussion
Our panel of universal design experts will share their insights, thoughts and solutions as we apply the AARP HomeFit Checklist to an actual home in Kensington, MD! This is event is a partnership with the Villages of Kensington, HomesRenewed Coalition, and Positive Aging Sourcebook using the AARP Homefit Checklist. Panel Members: Laurie Pross - Homeowner in Kensington, MD and Villages of Kensington Board Member Featuring: Louis Tenenbaum - Homes Renewed Greg Sieb - Live in Place Ali Soltani - HandyPro Stephen Hage - Strategies for Independent Living Greg Olavarria- Get-A-Grip Construction Services Moderated by Steve Gurney of Positive Aging Sourcebook
April 16, 2021
Connect with Aging Studies Students and Programs - UMBC, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech
Our monthly discussions centered around Careers and Workplace topics in Senior Living.   This months discussion spotlights some innovative university-based aging studies programs, you will learn how to tap into their programs to hire their students and graduates. These programs have invited their students to participate in our discussion! This is a great opportunity to recruit qualified candidates and/or help students by sharing your perspective on senior living career opportunities!
April 14, 2021
Live & Interactive Discussion with Dr. Bill Thomas
A discussion with Dr. Bill Thomas, author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Founder of The Eden Alternative, Creator of The Green House®, Minka building system and MAGIC (Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Communities)
April 08, 2021
Let's Get Organized! Featuring Lisa Woodruff Author of The Mindset of Organization
A roundtable discussion on a variety of workplace topics for senior-serving professionals. Ample time to make announcements if you have a position in your organization or if you are looking for a job! This month our guest is Lisa Woodruff, Founder and CEO of Organize 365 and the author of The Mindset of Organization, The Paper Solution, and How ADHD Affects Home Organization. Lisa will share tips, techniques and solutions to keep our workplace settings organized and productive!
March 31, 2021
Learn About the MD Relay Partner Program - Grow Your Business
Maryland Relay Partner is a free program that is designed to connect Maryland businesses and organizations with Relay users. Maryland Relay Partner gives businesses and organizations the opportunity to: • Connect with thousands of Relay users, including many in the State’s booming senior population • Increase sales and customer growth • Grow customer loyalty among Relay users • Generate referrals from satisfied Relay users
March 25, 2021
Meet the Move Managers - Overwhelmed How Can I Help? - Abilities Network - White Glove Solutions
Join us for an interactive and live discussion with the leaders in moving, downsizing and organizing. Each discussion is anchored by a member of the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers NASMM and include panelists from other moving and downsizing solutions. Moderated by JK Moving Services and Positive Aging Sourcebook.    This session features:  Barbara L. Stohlman of Overwhelmed How Can I Help?  Heather Murphy from Abilities Network  Alonso Zamora from White Glove Solutions
March 24, 2021
Spotlight on Mytonomy: "Netflix for Healthcare"
Launched with a mission to transform healthcare by offering asynchronous virtual care to educate patients on treatments and procedures using entertaining, engaging, and informative videos Vinay Bhargava is an Internet executive with over 20 years of experience, including general management of start-up organizations, strategic partnerships at Google, product development, and business operations. Prior to Mytonomy, Vinay was a strategic partnerships executive at Google for seven years, working on the critical toolbar distribution initiative where he negotiated the (original) agreements with Sun Microsystems to bundle Google clients with Java, and with Adobe Systems to bundle Google clients with Flash, Shockwave, and Reader. These two channels helped the toolbar and eventually, Google Chrome, get massive 3rd party distribution while growing search market share. He was also a founding team member of the Google TV Ads business where he established the foundational relationship with the EchoStar, bringing second-by-second STB measurement to TV advertising. He is the recipient of two EMG Awards for his contributions at Google. A native of Rochester, Vinay started his career as a software engineer at Eastman Kodak where he developed various features for the PictureMaker Kiosk. He is the co-inventor of multiple patents
March 19, 2021
Meet the Elder Law Attorneys - Monthly Discussion Series
Opportunity to meet, learn and interact with leading Elder Law Attorneys.     This month features attorneys from The Elder & Disability Law Center :  Robert Bullock, CELA, CAP  Abby Bullock Tinsley
March 18, 2021
Meet the Aging Life Care Managers - Monthly Series
a live and interactive conversation with a panel of Aging Life Care Managers. Each month we will get to know these professionals and learn how they help clients find solutions. This month will feature Aging Life Care Association members  Susy Elder Murphy of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates,  Kate Caldwell of ElderTree Denise Valerio of The Option Group Aging Life Care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through: Assessment and monitoring Planning and problem-solving Education and advocacy Family caregiver coaching
March 17, 2021
A technology-enabled Human Platform - LyfLynks
An interactive discussion with LyfLynks: a platform using virtual consolidation to provide a single point-of-access for services needed by family caregivers. Lyflynks combines mobile app technology and call center operations to deliver value to families, seniors, the provider of services and those industries challenged by the growth of the aging demographic.  Don Vetal has 25 years experience in CEO, COO and CFO roles in the worlds largest “Assistance” Groups; Generali, United Healthcare, AXA. Lead Americas business units, introduction of concierge services and expansion into Latin/South America. Developed & delivered American Express's "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" Platinum concierge and Global Assist services across the globe.
March 12, 2021
Amazon CareHub and Voice Tech for Older Adults with Dr. Galina Reitz
Amazon has rolled out the Care Hub, a set of FREE Alexa features you can use to remotely check in on older relatives in their homes. Join us for a discussion on this platform and other innovations in voice technology that can help older adults and their families.   Dr. Galina Reitz is the Faculty Program Director for the BSIS at the Universities at Shady Grove. Dr. Reitz joined the iSchool after 12 years as a faculty member and administrator at UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County). Dr. Reitz has presented her research at venues around the country and internationally, as well as consulted with technology companies on the design of new devices for older persons. Dr. Reitz has published on various topics including Voice Technology in Supporting Older persons with cognitive impairments, Person-Centered Technology and Quality of Life, Narratives of Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Supporting Caregivers and Care Recipients after the Onset of Cognitive Impairment with Home Based Technology. Most recently Dr. Reitz was awarded a three-year NSF Grant to explore Negotiating Cyber Systems Access for Older Adults with Mild Neurocognitive Disorder. In addition to research Dr. Reitz is focused on the development and continuous enhancement of all aspects of academic programming and continuing to establish community partnerships that support career pathways for students.
March 11, 2021
Medicare 101 + Q&A
An interactive discussion to help reduce the confusion and how it can help cover the costs of healthcare for you, your loved ones or your clients. John Norce has provided assistance to thousands of clients in the areas of health insurance and Medicare. Today, his passion lies in developing a team approach with his clients to resolve both simple and complex Medicare challenges. John is very involved in his profession as witnessed by his active participation in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (NAIFA). He is also a prior President of NAHU’s Northern Virginia Chapter and currently serves as the Treasurer of his local NAIFA Chapter. He is a certified Continuing Education Instructor where he provides educational classes to agents on current matters in insurance including Medicare as well. This year, John celebrates his 16th year as a Wish Grantor for Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the fall of 2021 marks his 34rd season of coaching youth sports in the Northern Virginia area. John is very active in the public speaking circles and hosts numerous events every month for seniors to advance their knowledge and understanding of Medicare. John strives to advance his platform of assisting seniors in making informed decisions regarding their Medicare benefits.
March 10, 2021
Spotlight on STACKCARE Innovative smart monitoring technology
Whether for StackCare @home or with our retirement community product for professional managers and caregivers, we use the same high quality sensors made by NYCE Sensors Inc in Canada. Stack tunes the sensors so they give us rich motion data when someone’s home and then preserve their battery life by ‘sleeping’ when they sense that there’s nobody there. The sensors have a built in thermometer to also provide room temperatures helping you to make sure that Mom or Dad are turning on the AC when they need it.
March 05, 2021
Meet the Elder Law Attorneys - Monthly Discussion Series
Join us for an opportunity to meet, learn and interact with leading Elder Law Attorneys.  This month features:  Evan Farr with the Farr Law Firm  Elena Sallitto with Stavely & Sallitto
February 26, 2021
Workforce Wednesday in Senior Living Jobs, Careers and More
A roundtable discussion on a variety of workplace topics in senior living. This discussion will kick off our monthly Workplace Wednesday Series designed to be gathering place and resource for workplace issues, job search and hiring!
February 24, 2021
5 Trends for Senior Living in 2021 - Live & Interactive Expert Panel Discussion
Discussed the future-proof trends from the recent International Council on Active Aging Forum with three thought leaders in the field of senior living. Colin Milner CEO/Founder - International Council on Active Aging Roger Landry, MD, MPH Author Live Long, Die Short President Masterpiece Amanda Baushke Associate Managing Director of Operations Masterpiece
February 23, 2021
Meet the Moving , Downsizing and Organizing Solutions - Monthly Discussion Series
An interactive and live discussion with the leaders in moving, downsizing and organizing. Each discussion is anchored by a member of the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers NASMM and include panelists from other moving and downsizing solutions. Moderated by JK Moving Services and Positive Aging Sourcebook This session featured Charna Kinneberg from Senior Transitions, Inc. - Move Manager Victoria Hathaway from Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Integrity David MacMahan from Fairsplit - Technology
February 19, 2021
Aging Policy and the Biden Administration with Howard Gleckman
The pandemic has amplified the flaws of the nation’s long-term care system just as a new Administration takes power in Washington, DC. Urban Institute senior fellow Howard Gleckman will describe the key aging policy challenges facing the Biden Administration and discuss the reforms the White House may propose.  Howard Gleckman is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, where he is affiliated with the Tax Policy Center and the Program on Retirement Policy. He is the author of Caring for Our Parents (St. Martin’s Press) and writes a weekly column on aging issues for In 2016, Mr. Gleckman was named one of the nation’s top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue  Mr. Gleckman is president of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington and serves on the National Capital regional governing board for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He previously served as chair of the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD)
February 12, 2021
Virtual Mental Health Therapy and Sleep Care with Better Now Health
A live and interactive discussion that explores the rapidly growing segment of remote mental health treatment. Learn about a pioneering new platform, Better Now Health and the research and science behind their Sleep Care treatment.  Melissa Ellison, Ph.D., MHCDS is the founder and CEO of Better Now Health. She founded Better Now Health to provide greater access to mental health services in a format that is less daunting than the open-ended commitment that is typical today.
February 12, 2021
Meet the Aging Life Care Managers - Heather Suri, Christine Bitzer, and Ellen Platt
A live and interactive conversation with a panel of Aging Life Care Managers. Each month we will get to know these professionals and learn how they help clients find solutions.  This month will feature Aging Life Care Association members Ellen Platt with The Option Group, Heather Suri with Pathways in Aging, and Christine Bitzer with Seabury Resources for Aging​  Aging Life Care management, is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:   Assessment and monitoring  Planning and problem-solving  Education and advocacy  Family caregiver coaching
February 10, 2021
Who Will Speak for You If You Can’t Speak for Yourself?
Only about 30% of people have planned ahead in case they can’t speak for themselves during a serious illness or emergency. Val Walker of Voice Your Choice, an innovative community-based advance care planning program will share tips and technology to help us, our loved ones, and our clients wishes are honored whether they are 18 or 108. Voice Your Choice, a program of Nexus Montgomery led by JSSA, provides information and resources through local community training and can help you develop a plan to have your health care wishes known if you are unable to speak for yourself.
January 28, 2021
Conversation with Dr. Henry Mahncke, PhD, CEO of Posit Science - Braintraining, Older Drivers and Isolation
A conversation with Henry Mahncke, PhD, CEO of Posit Science. Posit Science is a pioneer in the area of brain-training and helps people be at their best throughout their lives by providing brain-training exercises clinically proven to improve cognitive performance. Henry will share insights and research on the value and implementation of brain-training including a new research project on older drivers, insights on social isolation and much more.
January 26, 2021
Spotlight on Independa - Turning Your Aging Loved One’s TV into an Engagement Window on the World
A discussion with KIAN SANEII, FOUNDER & CEO of Independa. Independa  allows seniors at home to easily switch between watching their favorite  TV shows and engaging with family and friends with simplified video  chat, photo and message sharing, and many other fun and important  services — no tablets or computers required, no virus scans, passwords  or software updates — nothing complicated to learn. The Independa AnyTV  Companion™ makes it easy to enjoy a Life, Connected™, switching from  watching your favorite TV programs to connecting with the people you  care about and who care for your, as well as your healthcare providers.
January 22, 2021
GetSetUp: Learning to Stay Connected with Loved Ones During COVID Through Technology
An interactive conversation and demo with the team who created GetSetUp, a mission-driven education technology company dedicated to teaching older adults today's technology. GetSetUp, an online community that helps older adults to learn new skills, access new experiences and connect with each other. All classes are taught live by older adults who are retired educators or professionals.
January 14, 2021
Caregiver Story: Author of "Being My Mom's Mom"
An interactive discussion with Loretta Woodward Veney. Loretta shares insights from her personal 14 year journey since her Mom's dementia diagnosis and inspired her book, Being My Mom's Mom
January 13, 2021
Ageism Discussion with Old School - Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse
Join us for an interactive and thought provoking discussion on ageism with Ryan Backer and Kyrié Carpenter of Old School is a clearinghouse of free and carefully vetted resources to educate people about ageism and help dismantle it and is the brainchild of anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks, who created it with Ryan and Kyrié.
November 19, 2020
The Presence of Mind to Grow with the Flow: Making the Most of Every Situation with Ron Culberson Author, and Humorist
From the 34th Annual Caregiver’s Conference we have the closing session by Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE, Speaker, Author, and Humorist. The Presence of Mind to Grow with the Flow: Making the Most of Every Situation We spend the bulk of our lives in our heads rather than immersed in each moment. Focusing on the reality in front of us we are better able to respond appropriately. This funny presentation will show participants how to make the most of each situation to be more fulfilled, connect with others more effectively, and make life and work more enjoyable.
November 13, 2020
Family/Employee Caregiver Crisis with Larry Nisenson of Genworth and CareScout® Caregiver Support Services
A new Centers for Disease Control study reveals that Baby Boomer caregivers more often have chronic health conditions and frequent mental distress than non-caregivers - a situation that further intensifies the already escalated Family Caregiver Crisis as America continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic and the economic, healthcare and personal challenges it has created. With nearly one-quarter of Baby Boomers serving as caregivers, now more than ever, all of our 42 million family caregivers are struggling to cope with the emotional, physical and financial challenges posed by caring for aging loved ones, especially among the 6 in 10 caregivers who also work, creating a new “Employee Caregiving Crisis.” Join us for a conversation with Larry Nisenson, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer for Genworth U.S. Life Insurance Segment, including CareScout® Caregiver Support Services, an innovative program designed to provide expert guidance and personal support for those struggling to find the right help for their loved one.
November 11, 2020
Caregiving Lessons: Learning, Coping, and Surviving - Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber
From the 34th Annual Caregivers Conference - Marty Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin, has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the executive residence to one who sometimes does not recognize him as her husband. Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role, and offers sage advice that respects the one with Alzheimer’s while maintaining the caregiver’s health. As two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women, he offers special guidance for men who are thrust into an unexpected role. With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty shows how love continues for his “Second Elaine.”
November 10, 2020
Lucy Rose Fischer: Author of "I’m New at Being Old" and "Grow Old With Me"
Join us for a conversation with Lucy Rose Fischer, author of "I’m New at Being Old", artist, and honoree by the Gerontological Society of America “outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of aging.”
November 10, 2020
Big and Mini - Bridging Generations to Create Meaningful Connections
A conversation with the founders and participants of the innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Big & Mini,  A community working together to spread wisdom, end social isolation, and make the world a little better— one generation-bridging connection at a time. Using technology to shrink the generational divide into a small crack. We hope that through shared stories, new memories, and new friendships, we can connect everyone, one big and mini match at a time.
November 06, 2020
Hospital Case Management in COVID-19 and Beyond
A discussion with James Meenan is the Director of Case Management at Virginia Hospital Center. Get an overview on the inner workings of a case management department during the COVID crisis and how senior serving professionals can best serve our clients before, during and after a transition to a hospital or medical center.  James Meenan is the Director of Case Management at Virginia Hospital Center. He leads a 30-member team; James has oversight and accountability for utilization management, discharge planning and social services throughout the 394-bed Hospital. He and his staff work with the patient, family and medical team to establish care plan’s in the Hospital and arrange for all necessary services following discharge – everything from routine appointments to nursing home care to community social service agencies for patients with complex needs.
November 06, 2020
Spotlight on GoGoGrandparent - Innovative Service to Help Older Adults Remain Independent
A conversation with Justin Boogaard Founder/CEO of GoGoGrandparent  GoGo helps older adults live independently in their home for as long as possible. By working directly with on demand services, GoGo manages the mobility, meals, groceries and more of their clients. GoGo’s “GoGoGuardian” system helps protect clients living with cognitive, visual, physical or dexterous impairments to ensure a safe, reliable and affordable independence. Built in 2015 as demanded by the CEO’s grandmother, GoGo is now relied upon by hundreds of thousands of older adults throughout the United States & Canada.
November 05, 2020