Status Update and Happy Thanksgiving_083

Have you been wondering where I am? I apologize for my absence. It was not planned. It just kind of happened.

Listen in today to find out what’s going on behind the scenes. Find out where I’m going next week, (End Well Symposium) and how you can go too!

I’m looking forward to meeting several people who I have already interviewed here on engAGING Conversations:

and a few I hope to get the opportunity to interview:

All of whom are speaking at the event!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Please consider 2 things this week:

  • Start the conversation with your family this Thanksgiving.
  • Help end senior hunger in America and make a donation to Meals on Wheels

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ReImagine End of Life with Brad Wolfe_082

Brad Wolfe, Founder
ReImagine End Of Life

Who wants to party?!? There is a BIG festival happening in San Francisco October 24th-November 3rd. Did I mention it’s a death festival? Its’ actually a festival to get people talking about death, in an effort that we may live more fully in the present. Doesn’t that sound awesome???

Listen today to find out more about:

If you want a festival in your city, contact ReImagine End of Life

Follow them on Facebook Instagram

And check out This Party’s Dead with Erica Buist_064

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Here We Go Again, A Caregiver Story_081

Self care for the caregiver, even in the rain!

I’ve been a professional caregiver for the last 35 years. I realized recently that I have also been a “professional” family caregiver for the better part of the last 17 years. I don’t work in a bubble, teamwork is everything. But in spite of my professional knowledge, it’s amazing the things that can happen that you aren’t quite prepared for. I honestly don’t know how families with non-medically trained people manage.

Listen today to learn from my most recent caregiving experience. I’m going to share with you 5 (no, 6) things you should know about providing care to a family member after major surgery.

In addition, there are some things happening in the month of October that you should know about:

And although not in October, I will be attending the End Well Symposium, happening in San Francisco on December 5th. Learn more about it here: End Well with Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider_056, and JOIN US!!

Medicare Updates with Danielle Roberts_080

Danielle Roberts
Medicare Expert and Co-Founder
Boomer Benefits

Medicare is the US National Healthcare program for people over 65. It’s comprised of two parts: A & B, which cover ~80% of costs. The rest is filled in with things called Part C, D, and Medigap, which are supplements you can sign up for during the yearly election period. There are lots of things to consider when making decisions about these moving parts. Because making the wrong choices can cost you money.

The annual election period runs from October 15th to December 7th. Medicare recipients receive information in the mail a few weeks prior to this period. There is also a lot of commercial attention on the TV.

Danielle Roberts is a medicare insurance expert and is going to help us understand how it all works. She first appeared on engAGING Conversations last year, on episode 031, so I encourage you to listen to that episode too. This is a complicated system. It pays to do your homework.

Listen to today’s episode to learn:

  • When you need to sign up for Medicare
  • What the Annual notice of change is and why you need to pay attention to it
  • What the different parts of the Medicare Program are
  • Things to consider when choosing your plan
  • Why you should consider a prescription drug plan even if you don’t take prescription drugs
  • What Medicare does not cover

Find out more about Danielle and her company Boomer Benefits

and follow them on Facebook Twitter Instagram

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Planning a Funeral with John Manke RN_079

John Manke RN
owner/funeral director
Manke Memorial

There are SO many things to consider when planning a funeral, why do most of us not plan ahead? It’s traumatic enough when a loved one dies, why do we wait until it happens to figure out the specifics, when time could be better spent supporting each other in our grief?

John Manke, RN and funeral director, gives us a tutorial regarding things to consider when planning a funeral. There are more things to consider than you might think. And how do you know what your loved one would have wanted if they never told you?

Listen to today’s episode and learn about:

  • disposition of the body
  • organ/tissue donation
  • options for ceremonies
  • death benefits
  • why you need to do your homework (and save money!)
  • what can happen if you don’t plan

John’s business Manke Memorial is happy to help if you are located in North Jersey. Find out more about organ and tissue donation at The Sharing Network

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