IGA035: End-Of-Life Plans -A Roadmap for Loved-Ones To Carry On

Summary:

When someone passes away, their loved ones most often go on a scavenger hunt to pull together the pieces of the deceased life to form a proper legacy, to resolve all matters of the estate, and to put all affairs at rest and at peace. We have a sense of duty to make the burdens of our passing as easy as can be on those we leave behind. And End-Of-Life (EOL) planning is very important in relieving these kinds of burdens. Lee speaks with Jonathan Braddock, who authored a book on the subject with a catchy title – “Click here when I die”. Jon also runs a website that gives individuals an avenue to create and manage EOL planning. This conversation opens the mind on how we can continue to love our loved ones after our demise.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • Why there are billions of unclaimed dollars for life insurance policies.
  • What does End-Of-Life Planning mean? What does it do?
  • What is included in End-Of-Life Planning?
  • How to write your own obituary.
  • Where to keep documents that will be needed after you are gone.

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IGA034: Re-creating Senior Living With Technology Innovations

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We now live in a world where technology has become essential in the management of our lives. Despite the negative effects, technology has brought so many new capabilities and benefits. However, we can see pitifully few of these benefits when it comes to Senior living and senior care. Whether we are talking about independent living communities, assisted living facilities, traditional nursing homes, or memory care units, the tools, and solutions that could be used to further the convenience and capability of older citizens have remained essentially untapped. The senior living options show little evidence of the technological advances that surround us in our normal environments. Lee discusses this situation with Lisa Cini who has been working hard for more than 20 years to study how technology improve the lives of our parents and grandparents (and ourselves). Lisa has authored two books on the topic and provides excellent food for thought in this intriguing conversation.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • The 2 primary reasons people go into senior care facilities
  • How technology can be brought into the senior housing market for significant impact on convenience and care.
  • Several interesting and insightful examples of today’s technology which could improve senior living and senior care facilities.
    • Data mining
    • House sensors
    • Medication assistance
    • health monitoring devices

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IGA031: The Cost Of Ageism – Clouding up Beautiful Sunsets

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No matter who we are or what group we belong to, we are all growing older. All of us must prepare in some way to optimize the later years of our life. Rising to the status of a wise old Elder is something we all should aspire to. This is a revered position in many cultures. Cultural ageism takes away this aspiration and robs us of the wisdom that is contained in so many of our elders. This episode sparks our own internal exploration to discover our personal relationship with Ageism. Learning the many faces of ageism can save our older years from falling into its trap.

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  • What is ageism
  • Where does ageism come from
  • Why we need to address this problem
  • How we might tackle this problem in ourselves and in our culture

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    • http://www.livescience.com/34825-older-adults-happiness-negative-emotions.html,
    • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/scientific-proof-that-the_n_5110179.htm,
    • http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=4688191
    • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12150226
    • http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~gelman/research/unpublished/cohort_voting_20140605.pdf
    • http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/
    • http://richardleider.com/inner-kill-the-art-of-dying-without-knowing-it/
    • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/21/new-old-age_n_5365199.html

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IGA030 – Can We Change The Future Of Aging?

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Aging is both a biological and cultural process. Getting older in one culture can be very different than aging in another culture. What determines the aging characteristics of a culture? In this episode, Lee ponders on how we see and feel about our aging and how that influences our actual aging outcomes. He ends with an inspiring definition of “Silver Inspiration” who are role models that inspire a better view of aging in living their lives.

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  • How we feel about getting older
  • How we come to feel as we do about aging
  • Aging stereotypes that surround and influence us
  • How we might encourage a more productive cultural view of aging.

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IGA029: Shared Housing – Real Solutions With Real Benefits

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More Americans are living alone than at any time in the past 42 years, according to the American census bureau.And as we all get older this will present many challenges both individually and socially as a culture. For single seniors, living alone is not always the ideal solution, having both good and bad aspects. But there are new choices on the horizon. For this episode, Lee chats with Annamarie Pluhar who is a strong advocate for the concepts of Shared housing and living with housemates. Of course, having housemates is not really new, but Annamarie has uncovered a process for doing this that minimizes the downsides while emphasizing safety and compatibility. Lee and Annamarie explore these areas and talk about her book which guides an interested person through the whole business of finding the right house-mate. This episode will interest anyone who may be exploring housing options for themselves or those they know or care for.

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  • Required topics to discuss with a potential housemate:
    •  cleanliness,
    • neatness,
    • kitchen use,
    • routines, guests,
    • tasks,
    • noise,
    • bills,
    • pets.
  • 4 basic principles for successful housemate relationships:
    • Understand how you would want to be treated (The golden rule)
    • Deal with problems while they are small. Speak up to prevent bigger issues.
    • Your room is your private domain
    •  Must remain non-romantic and non-sexual
  • How to start the process of finding housemates.
  • How to stay safe.
  • Options if it doesn’t work out

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  • Table Of Contents

    A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates

  • Shared Housing
  • National Shared Housing Resource Center

    National Shared Housing Resource Center

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IGA024: Elder Law – Avoiding the Dark Side of Personal Planning

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The practice of elder law covers a myriad of life topics. David R. Craig, a NH elder law attorney, opens up many of these areas for us during this 2-part conversation. Hear Lee and David chat about many of the ramifications and pitfalls in managing our financial and health affairs to support all the possibilities ahead of us as we grow older. this is the first part of a fascinating discussion that gives us a deep look into such aspects as personal planning, wills, probate, guardianship, and trusts. David teaches us about the care that must be taken in setting up these arrangements, and the difficulties that can happen through misinformation and/or negligence.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • A few basics of personal planning
  • Why wills are important and tips to strengthen yourself
  • Executor  and agent bonding issues
  • All about trusts – revocable vs. irrevocable

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    • “It is only now, after nearly 15 years in this practice area that I am beginning to understand what the term – Elder Law – really means”.
      Understand how an attorney sees the practice of Elder Law. Read David’s personal accounting of real-life circumstances with his mother, and other clients that underscore the importance of making basic legal arrangements. See why David questions the term “Elder Law”.
    • “Today, families are required to provide every detail of the last five years of their financial lives”.
      David has been watching the Medicaid landscape for many years and has noted some disturbing trends. In this article, he takes a look at where these issues might be headed. He explores both the history and possible future that we all may be facing with these issues

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IGA021- Millennials vs. Boomers – Bridging The Generation Gap

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Social scientists try to specify the defining characteristics of each of the generations. But there isn’t a lot of information on how Millennials view aging and older people. If today’s guest is any indication, there is a lot to be hopeful for. Brett Roger Gebbie, a 32 year old millennial, is the host of a podcast titled “Inspect Your Elders”, where he chats with those having many more years of experience than he to find out the thoughts and events that have shaped their lives.
After listening to several of his episodes, Lee invites Brett to discuss his motivations and purpose for doing his podcast and uncovers a thinking that seems rather unique among millennials. Or perhaps we have misjudged what millennials are all about? Adjusting our view of millennials and their opinions will most certainly affect our relationships in the world. You be the judge as to whether Brett’s thinking is unique or typical of his generation.

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How Humor teaches us about aging

IGA020: The Funny-Bone Academy – How Humor Teaches Us About Aging

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What do we learn from our humor of others? Can humor be used to promote age-related impressions, opinions and stereotypes among us? Lee explores such questions through a series of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners. He finds the bulk of the age-related humor focuses on our failing memories or our aging bodies. But there is a new brand of humor emerging that could have a much more positive effect on how we feel about aging. Enjoy the laughs. But let’s start considering the direction our age-related humor is taking us.

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  • Does our age-related humor affect our feelings about aging?
  • What does the age-related humor suggest to us about what aging is?
  • How our humor can be an avenue of empowerment rather than denigration?

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Exercise for older people

IGA019: Don’t Try this at home – Lee’s tips on exercise for the older person

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For this episode, Lee stumbles his way through some personal stories as he tries to give advice to an older population on how to exercise. We know that Lee is no wimp in the gym. But how relevant do you think his thoughts on fitness and exercise are to the average person over 60. Hear him express some common sense approaches that should apply to all of us in some manner. Hear him express how he struggles to live by his own good advice.And if you are not yet living an active lifestyle, this episode could give you the insight you need to do just that.

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  • Lee’s super hero fantasies
  • The benefits of physical activity include:
    • increased mental capacity, disease prevention, Improved healing, Improved quality of life, Increased balance, Added longevity, Better mood, Improved immune function, Improved bone density, Mental health benefits.
  • Getting older increases our need for rest between exercise sessions. Working out 6 or 7 days a week becomes too demanding since there isn’t enough time for rest. Rest is vital to recover from workouts properly.
  • We are all individuals and our exercise should be individualized. Our triggers and motivations are all slight different, and our motivations changes as we get older.
  • Fitness is not a way of life. It IS life. Our fitness determines how much of life we can take in. Our fitness gives us the endurance, strength, balance and flexibility we need to consume life.
  • In starting an exercise routine, it is best to start off very small (beneath your expectations) and slowly work up beyond this point. The foundation you will build by doing this will be appreciated as you improve.
  • Four types of exercises:
    • Cardio, aka cardiovascular exercise, is anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you feel sweaty, and gets more oxygen pumping through your blood.
    • Strength training is any exercise that helps the different muscles in your body become stronger and more powerful.
    • Flexibility exercises are designed to increase your range of motion in your joints.
    • Balance exercises that strengthen the muscles that help keep you upright, including your legs and core.
  • Research is showing that it is especially important that older people engage in strength training. This is an essential part of any exercise routine older people.
  • Cardio should be done 3 to 4 times a week
  • Strength training should be done 2 to 3 times a week. (The audio says 4, but that is not physically practical for more older people.)
  • A bit of soreness is to be expected after strength training.
  • It is important that you learn about yourself and you grow in fitness

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IGA018: What Does Dementia Feel Like – The Virtual Dementia Tour

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How do you think it feels to have dementia? Would you like to find out? Before you turn away, consider how such an experience would affect your consideration of those who suffer from the affliction. Would walking in their shoes help you to be a better caregiver? Lee recently experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) created by PK Beville from Second, who joins Lee for today’s discussion. This experiential demonstration deepens our understanding of what dementia feels like.

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