Personal stories are so important. Sharing our agonies and defeats as well as our wins can help others when they find themselves in similar situations. Kelley Skoloda shares her story today. She was a busy, healthy, active businesswoman, wife and Mom when she was diagnosed with cancer. She wrote a book, A Way Back to Health: 12 Lessons From a Cancer Survivor which she talks about with me. Listen and find o
How important colon cancer screening is
Why it’s so important to advocate for yourself, or have a family caregiver advocate for you
That it’s ok to interview your potential physician
Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent, senior staff writer for MedicareAdvantage.com, and Medicare expert. I talk with him today about Medicare and all it’s moving parts, including the annual enrollment period which runs from October 15th-December 7th every year.
Listen to today’s episode and learn:
The different types of Medicare coverage
About the Annual Enrollment Period
Things beneficiaries should be aware of during AEP that can be costly if you don’t pay attention
Advice and tips on how seniors can choose the best plan for their needs
Benefits covered by Medicare that beneficiaries may not be aware of
Why you should care about this if you’re not on Medicare
People like to talk about finances about as much (or maybe less) than they like talking about death. But it is HUGELY important to know what your parents finances. And hopefully before you take on the role of family caregiver.
I’m talking with Ryan McEniff today and he’s talking to me about this topic. Ryan is the owner/CEO of Minute Women HomeCare in Lexington, MA and host of the podcast The Caregiver’s Toolbox. We are sharing our platforms to help get the word out about the need to have conversations with your parents early and often. We touch on many different issues related to finances and aging. Re-listening to this has given ME anxiety! But avoiding this topic doesn’t make the issues related to it go away. And putting these conversations off until your family is in crisis WILL NOT help you.
Listen and learn about:
What home care can cost
What nursing home care can cost
Why you need to be proactive to help your parent. AND yourself
Where you can find resources to help you navigate this time
Did you know that dementia is not a diagnosis, but rather a list symptoms? And that 50% of those over 65 can have one of these symptoms? What is a dementia whisper and how does one become one? Laura Wayman has spent decades in the memory care space. Her book A Loving Approach to Dementia Care now in its 3rd edition, is a resource for us all. She talks with us today about her experiences and expertise.
becoming dementia aware and why it is essential
how to effectively communicate with a loved one with dementia
Kathleen Vallée Stein is a baby boomer. And so are her siblings. If you were raised in the 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s, your father often had the final say about everything. And many ruled with an iron hand. When her Dad was facing end of life, it was difficult to reverse rolls. And her Mom was not in a position to take the lead. So what do you do? Kathleen’s experiences led her to write a beautiful book, Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why my Family Chose Hospice.
We talked about her experience as a family caregiver. Listen today as we discuss:
How to start an end of life conversation with your parent when your parent “ruled the roost”
Why you might need to start the conversation about hospice
Divide and conquer (if you have siblings) is a great strategy
Why it is so important to talk to your parents about finances
Reasons to consider a hospice chaplain
And why it is SO important to do these things before your parent is dying