August 6, 2018
Kimberly White, a freelance writer, a certified Arbinger Institute presenter, and former research assistant to its founder, Terry Warner and author of The Shift: How Seeing People as People Changes Everything joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Senior Care Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kimberly White discuss the following:
- You’ve said this book came as a complete surprise to you. What’s different than you imagined?
- What happens when you experience “the shift”?
- Does this have limitations, or what doesn’t ‘the shift’ do?
- How can seeing people as people help in the workplace, and at home?
Kimberly White is a freelance writer, certified Arbinger Institute presenter, and former research assistant to its founder, Terry Warner. Her nine months of research for The Shift included dozens of hours working alongside nursing home employees in offices, vans, patient rooms, and kitchens. She recently relocated from Harlem to a small farm town in Pawnee, Illinois to focus on writing.
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August 1, 2018
Lynda Shrager, an occupational therapist, an expert in the field of geriatric rehabilitation, as well as author of Age In Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Senior Care Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Lynda Shrager discuss the following:
- What are some of the biggest obstacles to overcome when trying to help aging parents stay in their home?
- What’s the best strategy for getting Mom and Dad on board with organizing and decluttering?
- What are a few modifications that can make a big difference to the safety of seniors in their homes?
- What are some red flags that signal a parent’s cognitive abilities are declining, and what should be done?
- When is the best time to approach parents about making a plan in case the time comes that they aren’t able to function independently?
- An essential aspect of successful aging in place is having a caregiving team at the ready. How do you build this team?
Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW, CAPS is the author of Age In Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home (Bull Publishing, March 8, 2018). Her newspaper column, Mom’s RX, appeared in countless newspapers across the country, and she is a featured columnist for Everyday Health, one of the country’s leading online consumer health websites. Lynda has practiced in the medical field of geriatric rehabilitation for more than 37 years, focusing on all aspects of senior health and wellness. She combines her expertise as an occupational therapist, a Master’s level social worker, professional organizer and certified aging in place specialist to pursue her passion of providing therapeutic care in the patient’s home environment and in educating their caregivers. Learn more at organizedcaregiver.com.
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July 14, 2018
Dr. Daniel H. Chang, an ophthalmologist at Empire Eye and Laser Center in Bakersfield, California joins eHealth Radio and the Eye Health and Health News Channels to discuss cataracts and how they may impact the vision and health of seniors.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Daniel H. Chang discuss the following:
- What are cataracts and how do they impact your vision?
- What do seniors need to know about cataracts and cataract treatment?
- Why is surgery often a better solution for seniors with cataracts than bifocals?
- Tell us about the surgery you performed on your mother. Why did she need surgery? Did you use any certain products during your mother’s cataract surgery?
- What are some symptoms that seniors should look out for, that might warrant a visit to the ophthalmologist?
Daniel H. Chang, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist who came to Bakersfield in 2008 to join his brother, Dr. Joe Chang. Dr. Daniel Chang graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology. He then received his medical and ophthalmology training from two of the top programs in the Southeast: Duke University, where he performed groundbreaking laser vision correction research; and Emory University, where he earned the position of Chief Resident in Ophthalmology. Dr. Chang was then invited to the prestigious cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants, where he was trained on state-of-the-art vision correcting techniques.
Dr. Chang has performed thousands of successful LASIK, PRK, and cataract procedures. He has served as a principle investigator on numerous US FDA clinical trials, including several that have brought some of our most advanced vision-correcting lens implants to market. He has authored dozens of articles and publications on refractive surgery and advanced intraocular lenses. He regularly lectures at eye meetings from the local through the international level; and he trains and advises other surgeons and physicians on vision correcting surgery techniques.
Dr. Chang is president and founding member of Advanced Center for Eyecare, a non-profit clinic that provides medical and surgical eye care to the uninsured and underinsured people of Kern County. Nationally, he serves on the Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and on the Special Projects Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Chang is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to educate people on cataracts and eye health. You can visit this website to learn more on Johnson & Johnson Vision and their cataract offerings: http://www.mycataractsolution.com.
Websites: www.mycataractsolution.com | www.jjvision.com
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June 18, 2018
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:
- For patients in need of nursing home care, what resources are available to help guide them in this important decision?
- How does the OnlyBoth Website bring something new to industry?
- Tell me how automated benchmarking grants users access to the most relevant information?
- Where does the name OnlyBoth come from?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Websites: www.benchmine.com | www.onlyboth.com
June 6, 2018
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:
- 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?
- What are some of the ways that technology has helped allow seniors to live at home longer, independently and safely?
- 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.)?
- 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?
- 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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May 3, 2018
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:
- How is Medicare Advantage different from traditional Medicare and what role does it play for people here in the US?
- Why might someone be interested in a Medicare Advantage plan?
- What are the benefits and advantages for someone on a Medicare Advantage plan?
- 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?
- 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.
To learn more about the Coalition for Medicare Choices visit http://medicarechoices.org.
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April 20, 2018
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:
- What is a chronic health issue?
- What does that term mean?
- How would this current cold weather impact a senior with chronic health issues?
- 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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February 24, 2018
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:
- What exactly is Lumin?
- Why was Lumin created?
- Who is the perfect Lumin candidate?
- How can Lumin improve quality of life?
- 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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February 21, 2018
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:
- What prompted you to write this book? Can you talk about your experiences on book tour for your first book?
- Why do men have their own set of challenges facing retirement?
- Can you give a few examples of men who’ve rewritten their own playbook on retiring, and why they’re inspiring?
- Why is retirement changing so much?
- Did you find that men dealt with intimacy and sex differently than the preceding generation? Why?
- What’s your advice for a man heading into this next phase of his life?
- Live alone, or live with others? What’s the consensus among the men you interviewed?
- 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.
December 30, 2017
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.