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A doctor's podcast for older adults and family caregivers, hosted by practicing geriatrics specialist Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH. Learn what really works, when it comes to improving health and wellbeing while aging. Dr. K and her guests discuss common health problems that affect people over age 60, the best ways to prevent and manage those problems, and they also often address common concerns and dilemmas that come up with aging parents. Show notes and related articles are at BetterHealthWhileA ...
 
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Ironically, this podcast release date coincides with the one year anniversary of my Mother’s death. While we can all acknowledge the emotional aspect of grief, our brains are very much a part of the process. Today my guest is Dr Mary-Frances O’Connor, author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss. Dr O’Conn…
 
Dr. K discusses the current rise in COVID cases, the related risks for aging adults, what to know about the newest Omicron variants, and the most effective ways to take sensible precautions. She covers: Where we are at with COVID now, and the impact on aging adults About the Omicron variants BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 What s changed (& hasn t) with COVID T…
 
I speak with Dr. Leslie Kernisan about her book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician's Step-By-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety and More. This book is the ultimate guide in respectfully engaging your parent with a practical plan to get help for the most common worries, including safety concerns and memory loss while respe…
 
Caregiving is inherently difficult, but navigating care for an estranged parent, or even one who challenges your boundaries, adds more layers of stress and emotional turmoil. Today my conversation is with two people who understand this. Laura Davis is an author of 6 books, including I thought we’d never speak again, the road from estrangement to re…
 
In This Episode: Dr. K discusses the ebbing of the Omicron surge, what to know about the stealth Omicron BA.2 (it has taken over in Denmark and is growing here), how to live with COVID safely, and more. She covers: Why current COVID numbers are better but still not low enough What we ve learned about vaccines & boosters during the Omicron surge Wha…
 
Today my guest is Larisa Gilbert, Elder Law attorney at the Estate Planning & Elder Law Group of Duncan Galloway Greenwald in Louisville, KY Larisa has extensive professional and personal experience in elder law. Along with being a brilliant attorney, Larisa knows first hand the challenges caregivers face when it comes to not only planning for curr…
 
I spoke with C Grace Whiting, while she was serving as the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. We spoke right after the infrastructure bill had been passed but the provisions that addressed caregiving and other social services had been removed. We had such an extensive conversation covering many issues and emotions that careg…
 
In This Episode: This episode covers the latest on the ongoing Omicron surge, including whether it’s milder in older adults, what’s we’ve learned about rapid testing for Omicron, what to know about the current hospital situation, how to stay safer during the surge, and more. The episode also addresses these FAQs: But isn t Omicron supposedly milder…
 
In This Episode: This update covers Omicron, COVID boosters, plus how to search the CDC data to see just how well vaccines have worked, even in older adults. I also show the data demonstrating that vaccinated people age 80+ are still at higher risk of serious COVID than unvaccinated people under age 50; this is why fully vaccinated older adults sho…
 
My conversation today is with Dr Katherine Shear, from Columbia's Center for Prolonged Grief. We talk about normalizing grief, the differences between grief and prolonged grief, and the challenges it creates for caregivers . Dr Shear also shares techniques the center uses to assist people in their grief, our psychological immune system and the impo…
 
In This Episode: Dr. K explains what to do if you’ve become worried about your aging parent, and are trying to figure out if they need help, or are unsure of what to do next. She covers: What mental changes are normal as people get older, and what s not normal The three types of problems you ll want to check for Specific signs to check for, to dete…
 
Rajiv Mehta is the CEO of Atlas of Caregiving, a non-profit, which envisions a world where caregiving is valued and is supported, as a fundamental to a healthy society. Rajiv and I discuss the Atlas Care Map which helps caregivers better understand their current situation, plan for potential difficulties, identify missing people and services and pr…
 
In This Episode: This video update covers COVID boosters, recent research on the efficacy of COVID vaccination in older adults over the last six months, why we are seeing breakthrough infections, and more. I also cover my recommendations for how aging adults and their families can be safer during the holidays, and using rapid antigen tests. (View t…
 
Questions and Answers with Dr Jessica Zitter regarding issues surrounding those last moments, days, weeks before death of someone you are caring for. We discuss morphine, hospice's role, the lack of support for caregivers and the shock and trauma of the events leading up to death.By Rosanne Corcoran Daughterhood The Podcast
 
In This Episode: This video update covers my latest thoughts on the Delta surge, what we’ve learned about the efficacy of COVID vaccination in older adults over the last six months, breakthrough COVID cases, and whether “boosters” will be required. (View the show notes page to watch my subtitled talk and my slides.) This episode covers: The current…
 
Howard Gleckman is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, where he is affiliated with the Tax Policy Center and the retirement Policy Program. In 2016, Next Avenue named Howard, one of the nation's top 50 influencers in aging. Howard and I spoke about the policies surrounding the caregiving crisis, how we got here, and his hope for going forward.…
 
Caregivers have innumerable questions when it comes to dealing with challenging behaviors throughout the dementia journey. From everyday issues with eating and sleeping and wanting to go home, to changes in personality and communication. Today I speak with Judy Cornish, elder law attorney, home care provider, and founder of The Dawn Method, a stren…
 
In This Episode: This video update includes my thoughts on the Delta variant and the latest CDC announcement regarding guidance for fully vaccinated adults, what to know about “breakthrough” COVID cases in nursing homes and elsewhere, recent studies on the efficacy of vaccines in older adults (and why some touted study results may not apply to olde…
 
Adult Day Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work, handle personal business, or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe. Patty Winstead Director of Communit…
 
P.K. Beville founded Second Wind Dreams®, the first organization to focus on granting dreams for elders living in long-term care in the United States. PK also created the internationally-acclaimed Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®). Experienced by three million people in 20 countries, the Virtual Dementia Tour® is a scientifically-proven training method…
 
Watch the subtitled video and search the transcript by clicking above. (For a short tutorial on how to search the transcript, see here.) In This Episode: Guest host Dr. Nicole Didyk discusses the diagnosis and treatment of depression, including why it s often tricky to diagnose in later life, and how it can be treated. (Note: depression in the cont…
 
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Brooks Kenny, Executive Director of the Women’s Network of Us Against Alzheimer's talks about their newly developed Brain Guide a free, comprehensive new platform that offers resources and questionnaire to assess our own brain health. At BrainGuide.org or 855-BRAIN-411By Rosanne Corcoran featured on The Whole Care Network
 
Jason Karlawish is a geriatrician, a writer, a professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy and neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is co director of the Penn Memory Center where he cares for patients. I couldn't wait to speak to Dr. Karlawish about his compelling and eye opening new book, The Problem of Alzheimer's How Scie…
 
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Susanne White is the Caregiver Warrior. She believes caregivers are fearless, courageous and passionate about protecting those they care for. Susanne’s goal is to offer strategies based on the experience, strength and hope she found while surviving her own caregiving journey. Susanne and I talked about the many obstacles that are so common in careg…
 
Watch the subtitled video and search the transcript by clicking above. (For a short tutorial on how to search the transcript, see here.) In This Episode: Guest host Dr. Nicole Didyk explains what older adults and families should know about leg edema (swollen legs), a common condition that affects aging adults. Dr. Didyk is a geriatrician in Canada,…
 
Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, specializes in Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine, and practices at a public hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other…
 
Watch the subtitled video and search the transcript by clicking above. (For a short tutorial on how to search the transcript, see here.) In This Episode: Dr. K talks to fellow geriatrician Dr. Nicole Didyk about her new book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A geriatrician s guide to memory loss, safety worries, resistance, and more. Dr. Didyk is…
 
In today’s podcast, I speak with Leeza Gibbons, author, entrepreneur, Emmy-winner, pop culture icon and former caregiver. Leeza was thrust into the world of Alzheimer’s when her mother was diagnosed in 1999. Throughout her journey, she observed the many challenges of caregiving and the importance of caregivers taking care of themselves. She created…
 
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Watch the subtitled video and search the transcript by clicking above. (For a short tutorial on how to search the transcript, see here.) In This Episode: Dr. K shares an update on the coronavirus (COVID19) situation and more recommendations to help older adults and people concerned about aging parents. This episode covers: The coronavirus situation…
 
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We’ve all see the commercials on tv regarding Medicare, how complicated it is, how many options there are & the importance of having the RIGHT Medicare plan for your health care needs but how do you pick the right plan? What are the options for your situation. Today I speak with Amy Kokoles, a Medicare counselor For The Apprise Program, nationally …
 
In This Episode: Dr. K explains what all older adults and family caregivers should know about the new flu shots available for older adults this year and recommendations for influenza vaccination during this first COVID fall. This episode covers: The basics of influenza and why vaccination is important What we know about influenza and COVID-19 Why o…
 
Anne Tumlinson, founder of ATI Advisory and Daughterhood, explains why the coronavirus was so deadly in nursing homes, the strategies that were involved in trying to contain the spread, and the changes that are needed going forward. Anne is a nationally recognized expert in the economics of an aging society. She advises government officials, busine…
 
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Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with over 40 years of experience and is regarded as one of the world's leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. Today Teepa shares why it is so important for caregivers to practice self-care and put themselves on their own to-do list while caring for their loved ones.…
 
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Stumped Town Dementia, written by the talented and hysterical Lickety Glitz, is a personal blog chronicling the dementia adventures of Girl and The Other Girl, sharing hilarious, heartbreaking, bittersweet and courageous moments of life with their Mom who has vascular dementia. They celebrate the insanity and relish the laughter in their journey. T…
 
In This Episode: Dr. K and her guest experts Dr. Nicole Didyk and Richard Caro, PhD, answer BHWA reader questions about aging health in COVID times. To watch the video version, click here. Questions and issues they addressed during this call included: The trade-off between safety and other benefits that older adults value How to think through makin…
 
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In This Episode: Dr. K shares an update on the coronavirus (COVID19) situation and more recommendations to help older adults and people concerned about aging parents. To watch the video version, click here. Related episode: 105 Coronavirus Updates & Suggestions (3.20.20 Edition) 104 Coronavirus Special: Planning to Help Aging Parents (Plus Q&A) 089…
 
In This Episode: Dr. K shares an update on the coronavirus (COVID19) situation and more recommendations to help older adults and people concerned about aging parents. To watch the video version, click here. Related episode: 104 Coronavirus Special: Planning to Help Aging Parents (Plus Q&A) 089 Giving Yourself (And Your Family) a Gift on National He…
 
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