How a New Technology Helps Seniors Navigate Nursing Home Decisions

June 18, 2018
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Raul Valdes-Perez, Co-Founder and CEO of OnlyBoth, which offers a Website for seniors to evaluate how nursing homes and home care agencies are performing compared to others joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Health Care Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Raul Valdes-Perez discuss the following:

  1. For patients in need of nursing home care, what resources are available to help guide them in this important decision?
  2. How does the OnlyBoth Website bring something new to industry?
  3. Tell me how automated benchmarking grants users access to the most relevant information?
  4. Where does the name OnlyBoth come from?
  5. How do you see this technology impacting healthcare at large?

 

Raul Valdes-Perez, PhD, is CEO of OnlyBoth Inc., based in Pittsburgh, Pa. He teamed up with Andre Lessa in 2014 to develop a unique artificial intelligence engine that delivers performance transparency in healthcare. OnlyBoth’s delivery of comparative, language-based insights shows users specifically how nursing homes are excelling or failing. The concept was born during Raul’s time at Carnegie Mellon in the 1990s, during which he received an NSF grant on a “new task of knowledge discovery” to provide insights in a programmable way. He’s expanding the concept across healthcare at large with additional search engines that provide context-rich comparative insights. Valdes-Perez previously co-founded Vivisimo, Inc., acquired by IBM in 2012. He can be reached at valdes@onlyboth.com.

 

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Websiteswww.benchmine.com | www.onlyboth.com

How Technology Helps Seniors Age in Place

June 6, 2018
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Joe Liu, CEO of Mivatek Smart Connect that produces a number of devices to facilitate the “Aging-in-place” trend; that is, to help seniors and elderly people live at home longer, rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Senior Care & Technology Channels. 

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Joe Liu discuss the following:

  1. What is aging in place? How prevalent is this trend and why is it preferable to moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility?
  2. What are some of the ways that technology has helped allow seniors to live at home longer, independently and safely?
  3. Can you please tell us about some of the specific devices that play a part in the aging-in-place trend (i.e., sensors, activity tracking systems, medication alerts, etc.)?
  4. This technology helps the senior who is aging in place at home, but how does it also benefit the caregiver, whether it is an adult child caring for the parent or a nursing/medical professional?
  5. What are some of the future developments on the horizon regarding aging-in-place technology?

 

Joe Liu leads the strategy and operations at Mivatek Smart Connect. Liu has a rich history of entrepreneurial and engineering experience.  Prior to launching Mivatek Smart Connect, Liu co-founded and led Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network manufacturer. 

When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex, and used this technology to power Mivatek solutions.

In his career, Liu has also served in various roles at companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi.  Liu holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from California State University, Chico.

 

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Website: www.home8care.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home8care
Twitter: @Home8care

Medicare Advantage with Kristine Grow

May 3, 2018
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Kristine Grow, spokesperson for the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC), a national grassroots coalition of more than 2 million seniors and disabled individuals, that works year-round to protect individuals enrolled in Medicare Advantage joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kristine Grow discuss the following:

  1. How is Medicare Advantage different from traditional Medicare and what role does it play for people here in the US?
  2. Why might someone be interested in a Medicare Advantage plan?
  3. What are the benefits and advantages for someone on a Medicare Advantage plan?
  4. At a time of hyper-partisanship and disagreement over healthcare in Washington, it sounds like Medicare Advantage is a program that’s popular with seniors and actually working well. Does Medicare Advantage have support in Congress, or is this another issue with a deep divide between the political parties?
  5. What can Members of Congress do to show that they support this popular program?

 

Founded in 1999, the Coalition for Medicare Choices is a fast-growing, national grassroots organization of more than 2 million people who receive their health care coverage through a Medicare Advantage health plan. Members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices, who reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are united in supporting high quality health plan choices in Medicare.

Coalition members actively communicate with members of Congress about issues that affect their coverage. Over the years, Coalition members have participated in dozens of town hall meetings and rallies involving members of Congress and their staff, written hundreds of letters to the editors of their local newspapers, made tens of thousands of phone calls to congressional offices, and written more than 150,000 letters to their members of Congress. Since 1999, Coalition members have made more than a million contacts with their members of Congress.

 

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To learn more about the Coalition for Medicare Choices visit http://medicarechoices.org.

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMyMA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/protectmyMA

Chronic Health Conditions & Seniors: Beating the Cold Weather Health Blues

April 20, 2018
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Alicia Conner-Todd, Clinical Liaison & Director of Marketing at Tulsa Nursing Center & Villages at Southern Hills, part of StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning senior housing and care company joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Senior Care Channels. 

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Alicia Conner-Todd discuss the following:

  1. What is a chronic health issue?
  2. What does that term  mean?
  3. How would this current cold weather impact a senior with chronic health issues?
  4. What are some best tips for keeping seniors healthy during this cold with chronic issues?

Alicia Conner-Todd is the Clinical Liaison & Director of Marketing at Tulsa Nursing Center & Villages at Southern Hills, part of the StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning senior housing and care company.  With a long-standing background in senior health care and rehabilitation management, Ms. Conner-Todd also brings professional experience in media and marketing to her role.

StoneGate Senior Living is an award-winning full-spectrum senior care and housing company with 44 properties across Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Recently ranked as the nation’s 31st largest transitional and long-term care company by Provider magazine, StoneGate is a fully-integrated post-acute health care company, with service-lines and business units that offer transitional care, long-term care, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, wellness, pharmacy, care navigation and post-acute analytical services.

 

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Website: www.stonegatesl.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoneGateSL
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stonegate-senior-living

Lumin Helps Keep Seniors in their Home Longer

February 24, 2018
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Paul Wilson, the Managing Director of Blocks Global and co-founder of Lumin, that helps seniors and people with physical and cognitive disabilities live independently for longer and stay closely connected with their families and communities joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Senior Health Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Paul Wilson discuss the following:

  1. What exactly is Lumin?
  2. Why was Lumin created?
  3. Who is the perfect Lumin candidate?
  4. How can Lumin improve quality of life?
  5. Does one require technical skills to operate Lumin?

 

Lumin is more than a phone, simpler than a tablet, Lumin is a communication and entertainment hub linking people with essential information and services to support wellbeing and safety in the home. Lumin is a large 17″ freestanding touch screen for the home customised for the user and delivered ready to use. No technical knowledge required, Lumin is monitored and updated remotely 24/7. Lumin helps seniors and people with physical and cognitive disabilities live independently for longer and stay closely connected with their families and communities.

 

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Website: www.mylumin.org

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mylumin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_MyLumin

Reinventing retirement: The Best is Yet for Come for Boomer Men

February 21, 2018
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Dr. Thelma Reese, author of The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel. She is here to talk about an entirely new concept of retirement. What Baby Boomer men face when they finish working has little to do with what their fathers faced. Retirement is a far longer phase of life, and it’s filled with possibilities.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Thelma Reese discuss the following:

  1. What prompted you to write this book? Can you talk about your experiences on book tour for your first book?
  2. Why do men have their own set of challenges facing retirement?
  3. Can you give a few examples of men who’ve rewritten their own playbook on retiring, and why they’re inspiring?
  4. Why is retirement changing so much?
  5. Did you find that men dealt with intimacy and sex differently than the preceding generation? Why?
  6. What’s your advice for a man heading into this next phase of his life?
  7. Live alone, or live with others? What’s the consensus among the men you interviewed?
  8. How can men stand up to ageism — and how is it different for men than women?

 

Dr. Thelma Reese, author of The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life, wrote The New Senior Man to satisfy the numerous requests from men who wanted their own book. She is the creator of the blog, www.ElderChicks.com, is a retired professor of English and Education, was the spokesper for Hooked on Phonics, and has long been active in literacy and cultural initiatives in Philadelphia.

 

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Website: www.ElderChicks.com

Healing Senior Depression & Becoming Socially Active Through Technology

December 30, 2017
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Dr.  Kerry Burnight, a Gerontologist who has served for 18 years as a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and She serves full time as Chief Gerontologist at grandPad joins eHealth Radio and the Geriatrics and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Kerry Burnight discuss the following:

  • What is the single most important thing you can do to Age Well. And by aging well I mean, physical, mental, and emotional vitality.
  • What is the best way to foster and get the health/happiness/longevity benefits to these connections?
  • What does the research say about technology, is it hurting or helping our connection?
  • Given these challenges faced by older adults, what is the best way to reconnect my grandparents /parents (who live in another state!) back into social society so they can experience these longer and happier lives?
  • Is grandPad like an iPad?
  • What about those with cognitive impairment?
  • What is the best way to approach the subject of connection with your parents and grandparents?

 

Dr. Kerry Burnight has spent her entire professional career on a mission to improve the lives of seniors. She was a professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of California Irvine, and she is the founder and director of the nation's first Elder Abuse Forensic Center and the national non-profit, Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse. Kerry has spoken at The White House and as an expert on shows such as The Dr. Phil Show, CBS news, Money Matters, and The Doctors. She joined grandPad because of the firm's ability to prevent one of the most significant risk factors for elders: social isolation.

 

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Website: www.grandPad.net

Seniors: Combatting Loneliness

December 21, 2017
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Andrea Driggers, Regional Business Development Director and career licensed vocational nurse, specializing in geriatric care, at StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning network of senior living and care facilities joins eHealth Radio and the Geriatric & Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andrea Driggers discuss the following:

    1. How big of a problem is loneliness for seniors in America today?
    2. It’s no fun being lonely, but are there tangible impacts for seniors experiencing loneliness?
    3. Why are so many seniors experiencing loneliness?
    4. What can seniors do to tackle this problem?
    5. What can neighbors, relatives, friends do to help?

 

Andrea Driggers is the Reginal Business Development Director for StoneGate Senior Living, an award-winning network of senior living and care facilities.  She oversees the South Dallas Fort Worth market area. She has served as a licensed vocational nurse for 20 years, focusing on geriatric care and treatment.

About StoneGate Senior Living: Award-winning StoneGate Senior Living, LLC provides support services to senior living and care properties that offer skilled health care, assisted living, memory support and independent living locations in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Founded and led by a team of senior living industry veterans.

 

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Website: www.stonegatesl.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoneGateSL
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stonegate-senior-living

SAFE HOMECARE, providing high quality Support Assistance For Elderly (SAFE)

April 17, 2017
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Jeff Krueger, CEO and Founder of SAFE HOMECARE, which provides non-medical, in-home care and companionship services that make a significant difference in the lives of seniors joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Senior Care Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jeff Krueger discuss the following:

  • Please tell us about the business of in-home care, and how you managed to break into it.
  • Where do you see the in-home care industry going in the future?
  • What separates in-home care from home health care?
  • Where do you currently have franchises? Where would you like to expand?
  • With so many crazy things making news of caregivers abusing the elderly, how do you make sure that this does not happen with SAFE HOMECARE?

 

Jeff Krueger is a tenured business professional with a track record of success, growth and expansion spanning 40 years. He has held positions as CEO, COO, CFO and Corporate General Counsel for various entities, both public and private, with annual revenues ranging to over $200 million.  Mr. Krueger recognized the emerging need of seniors and launched SAFE HOMECARE to provide high quality Support Assistance For Elderly (SAFE).

 

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Websitewww.safehomecare.com | www.safehomecarefranchise.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/safehomecare
Twitter: @safe_homecare

Preventing Caregiver Burn-out with Dr. Nikki Martinez

April 1, 2017
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Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor again joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care, Health News & Psychology Channels to discuss preventing caregiver burn-out.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Nikki Martinez discuss the following:

  • We think a great deal about the patient with the chronic illness, but why is it so important to think about the caregiver as well?
  • What are signs of caregiver burn-out?
  • What can we do to help support the care-giver and prevent burn-out from happening?
  • What is the grieving process that many caregivers go through?
  • In what ways can the caregiver ask for help? Health Psychology is one of your specialties. How can someone reach you for help?

 

Dr. Nikki Martinez received her Masters and her Doctorate from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship at Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa, Illinois.

She is the Head of Clinical Development for www.DrNikkiMartinez.com, where she can be reached if you are interested in individual or couples work with her. She is an Adjunct Professor for 2 graduate programs, a Blogger for the Huffington Post, Everydaypowerblog, Older Dating, Success Stories, Sivana Spirit, Proud Stories, and a Contributor for the Chicago Tribune. She just published her first 8th book through Amazon.com.

 

Website: www.DrNikkiMartinez.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikki-martinez-35b36231
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrNikkiMartinez
Twitter: @DrNikkiMartinez

 

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