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Seniors: Combatting Loneliness

Seniors: Combatting Loneliness

December 21, 2017




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

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

April 17, 2017




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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Twitter: @safe_homecare

Preventing Caregiver Burn-out with Dr. Nikki Martinez

Preventing Caregiver Burn-out with Dr. Nikki Martinez

April 1, 2017




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, 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


Twitter: @DrNikkiMartinez


The views and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

How Technology Can Help the Elderly Age in Place

How Technology Can Help the Elderly Age in Place

February 25, 2017



Jorge Perdomo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for Home8care, which provides low-cost, next-generation solutions for elder care and monitoring joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Jorge Perdomo discuss the following:

  • Is the elder care market growing? Do you have any statistic to bear this out?
  • How can technology help older people live at home longer?
  • What was the reason behind creating Home8care?
  • Outline the different elements/products under Home8care.
  • All the products under Home8care use video verification.  Why is this important and what are the advantages of this technology in terms of response in a health emergency?

Summary: If you have someone who is elderly and wants to continue living at home, there are a wide variety of technological options to help you accomplish this goal.


Jorge Perdomo joined Home8care as their new Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, having over 19 years of experience in the wireless industry. Before joining MivaTek, Mr. Perdomo was the Lead Business & Market Development for Digital Life International at AT&T.  Prior to that he was Senior Strategic Product Marketing Manager for Worldwide Peripheral Products at ADT Security Services, Division of Tyco International.  He also served as Vice President of Business Development for Generation One, Inc., a remote managed Healthcare solution.  Prior to joining GenerationOne, he served as Senior Intellectual Property Licensing & New Business Development for Motorola, where he worked for 11 years in a variety of positions after being recruited into the prestigious Motorola Engineering Rotation Program.




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Group Homes Australia, a new concept in aged care

Group Homes Australia, a new concept in aged care

May 1, 2016

Tamar Krebs, Founder and CEO of Group Homes Australia, a new concept in aged care, dementia care which offers a social, supportive and welcoming environment that values independence and living life to the fullest, and feels like home joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care, Mental Health & Senior Care Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Tamar Krebs discuss the following:

  • How is Group Homes Australia different from other aged or dementia care providers in Australia?
  • Why did you start Group Homes Australia?
  • What questions should one ask when they are looking for an aged/dementia care home/environment?
  • Does Group Homes Australia offer high care? How many residents are there and how many care givers?
  • Does the person need to move when they become more frail?
  • Why should a family choose Group Homes Australia for their loved one?

Duration: 8:16

Our commitment at GHA and to each resident is to walk the entire journey each day, from beginning to end.

Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity.

We achieve this by providing homes that look like, smell like and are like real homes.

Group Homes Australia recognises that today's generation of older Australians want something more than traditional aged care homes. They, and their families, want accommodation that provides high levels of respect and personal care combined within a warm, friendly environment.

Because we limit resident numbers in each of our houses to between 6 and 10 people, we are able to deliver care ratios that are usually one carer to every three residents, which is far higher than most aged care facilities are able to provide.

In this environment, we focus on our residents' abilities, not disabilities.  Our residents go on accompanied visits to local shopping centres; they visit hairdressers, buy food and, if they wish, may use our fully equipped kitchens to make favourite dishes – all with carer assistance.

These nurturing factors fit with our philosophy which is to provide new – and better – choices for older Australians; something we have been doing successfully since we opened in 2011.

Group Homes Australia provide a safe, pleasant, and enjoyable environment for every resident. To that end, we stimulate resident interest, personal satisfaction and well-being … and we encourage independence by showing respect for each individual's dignity and pursuit of enjoyable living.

Above all, we provide peace-of-mind to both our residents and their loved ones.


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Twitter: @GroupHomesAus

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Power in Unity: Griswold Home Care Introduces an Interactive Map to Find Charity Walks

Power in Unity: Griswold Home Care Introduces an Interactive Map to Find Charity Walks

September 23, 2015

Sara Price, Marketing Coordinator at Griswold Home Care, a non-medical in-home caregiver referral service joins eHealth Radio and the Senior & Health Care Information Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Sara Price discuss the following:

  • Tell us about the Charity Walks Map you created at
  • What organizations are you involved with that host these charity walks?
  • So what type of services does Griswold Home Care provide, other than creating cool charity walk maps?
  • A lot of places rotate caregivers between clients, do you do that?

Duration: 5:16

Founded by Dr. Jean Griswold to help elderly and disabled members of her parish, Griswold Home Care has helped hundreds of thousands of seniors and disabled individuals to age in place. The company refers experienced caregivers for personal care, homemaking, companionship, and other vital services to an ever-growing population of seniors and disabled adults.

Today, Griswold Home Care has more than 200 locations throughout the United States, referring over 10,000 caregivers per year. Since its foundation, Griswold Home Care has received dozens of industry and community awards and has grown to become one of the nation’s leading non-medical in-home care companies.

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Top Tip for Traveling Seniors: Do not forget to pack Your Personal Health Information

Top Tip for Traveling Seniors: Do not forget to pack Your Personal Health Information

June 23, 2015

Diane Carbo RN and CEO of and who works with seniors to remain at home for as long as possible joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Travel Health Care Channels. She and her team identified a need for a simple to use Medical ID system that provides specific health information for aging seniors.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Diane Carbo discuss the following:

  • Can you tell me why personal health information is important when traveling?
  • What is considered important personal information? 
  • What important information should be included? 
  • Who do you share your personal medical information with? 
  • How should a person store their personal health information?

Duration: 9:35

My name is Diane Carbo. I’m a licensed registered nurse with over 39 years experience practicing in a variety of organizations and community settings and as an advocate for older adults and their families.

My passion is to help people plan for long term health care needs. This includes helping families with crisis management that requires long term health care. The goal is to assist these individual’s to remain independent and in their homes or a familiar surrounding for as long as possible.

My commitment to enhance the lives of aging adults comes not only from clinical experience, but from personal experience while caring for my father and mother in law.

I was a very young woman, when I saw the mental and emotional decline that occurred in my grandmother when my father and his brothers decided it was time to place her in a nursing home. I vowed to do everything in my power to assist my aging loved ones to stay at home as they aged.

My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. When he was told that hospice was his only option, he was devastated. My father was man of modest means, but he had a timeshare in Hawaii. He saved and planned his vacation there every other year. This was the year he was to go to Hawaii. His first thoughts were that he would have to cancel his trip.

I asked my father to wait and see how he was feeling before he cancelled his trip. I explained the role of hospice was not so much about dying, as it was about how you chose to live your life before you die.

A few weeks later, my father spent 6 weeks in Hawaii on hospice. His mental, emotional and physical health improved so much the first week that the nurses felt that he did not require their services. My dad started feeling sick they & just before he was to return home to the mainland. He died at home several weeks later surrounded by his family and friends. I believe he lasted as long as he did because he was mentally, spiritually and emotionally uplifted by his ability live out his dream of taking his last trip.

I have a passion for helping aging adults realize their goal of remaining at home as they age. I have a strong belief that aging adults do better, live longer and healthier lives surrounded by their loved ones and familiar surroundings. My work in senior behavioral health, Assisted Living, Long Term Care and Home care made me aware of the struggles family members caring for some one at home with dementia struggle and feel misunderstood, alone and unsupported.

I came to experience and understand the frustration so many experience along the caregiving journey. From this knowledge and my passion to help others, it is the goal of this site to help family caregivers and individuals suffering from dementia have an experience  that will enhance the care partner/care recipient  relationship. As the dementia progresses, it is my goal to develop a trust and confidence in the care partner so that they will communicate effectively to build the dementia patient’s sense of well being. Person centered care, activities, mindfulness and validation therapy are all effective approaches to use as the increasing challenges of  communicating. The person with dementia progressively loses the ability to remember things, to organize, or even to express their thoughts. I look forward to working with you to make your caregiving journey the best possible experience it can be. Please do not have delusions, there are some very difficult times ahead. Together, we can create an experience that will enhance the relationship you and for your family member with dementia.

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Oplink Connected, an In-home Medical Alert monitoring service

Oplink Connected, an In-home Medical Alert monitoring service

November 17, 2014

Matt Wisk, Senior Vice President of Business Development of Oplink Connected, a division of Oplink Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPLK), offering an In-home Medical Alert monitoring service joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Matt Wisk discuss the following:

  • We hear all these terms like Smart Home, Connected Home and IoT. What is it all about and how does it apply to health care?
  • What has oplink providing that will allow people to enhance health care?
  • Describe your solution and how it works.
  • How will this product enable people to have a better quality of life?
  • What can we expect next from Oplink Connected and where can listeners buy the products & or get more information?

Duration: 7:34

Matt Wisk has nearly 30 years of general management and marketing experience. He served as President for, a subsidiary of United Online, from 2008 to 2013. He was promoted into that role after serving as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for United Online consumer brands, including, NetZero and Juno from 2005 to 2008. He was also responsible for marketing within the Communications segment including operating responsibility for the broadband and web hosting product lines.

Mr. Wisk served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of TiVo in 2004 and 2005. Prior to TiVo, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Herbalife International. In 1994 Mr. Wisk joined Nokia. Over a nine year period he moved up through the marketing organization to become Vice President of Marketing, North and South America, providing leadership, strategic marketing vision, and broad executive management for the international marketing of its mobile phone division.  He moved to Europe to run global marketing for Nokia Networks from 2000 to 2002.

At Nokia, he was a key executive in the marketing team that helped establish Nokia as a global leader in wireless communications equipment. Under his leadership, Nokia grew from having single-digit brand awareness to being the most considered and preferred brand in the category. He serves as board member for Storage Appliance Corporation and is an advisory board member at Trueffect, BlurbIQ and Underground Cellar. He was named one of the 'Top 100 Marketers of 1999' by Advertising Age and 'Grand Marketer of the Year, 2000' by Brandweek, was also awarded the Gold Effie Award for Advertising Effectiveness in 2001. Mr. Wisk is a Henry Crown Fellow, Class of 2002, from the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program. Mr. Wisk received his BA and MBA from Michigan State University.


BeClose, an in-home caregiving technology provider

BeClose, an in-home caregiving technology provider

May 31, 2014

Liddy Manson, President of BeClose, an in-home caregiving technology provider joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Liddy Manson discuss the following:

  • What led you to start BeClose?
  • How is BeClose different from other products on the market? 
  • Can you give us one or two real world examples of how BeClose is making a difference in people's lives? 
  • Many people get easily intimidated or overwhelmed by technology.  Can you suggest a few easy, simple ways that people can begin to bring technology into their lives, especially seniors? 
  • Can you talk a little bit about the changing healthcare landscape and how you think technology will play a role in that in the future?

Duration: 12:55

Liddy Manson is President of BeClose and a nationally recognized voice on Aging in America, speaking frequently on the topic across the country and blogging regularly at Huffington Post and other outlets. Her mission is to transform the experience of aging at home into one that is safe, affordable, and collaborative with families. She has over 20 years of experience working with premier technology and information brands.

Before joining BeClose, she served as CEO of DigitalSports, a web service providing detailed information and coverage of high school sports throughout the country. Prior to DigitalSports, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Freewebs Inc., an early-stage social publishing company. Previously, Liddy spent nine years as Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Products at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

Liddy holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University and a BA in Music from Yale University. Liddy is not only the President of BeClose, but was also the company's first customer, using a BeClose system to care for her 85 year old mother.

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Technology solutions to help our growing elderly population with Independa

Technology solutions to help our growing elderly population with Independa

April 12, 2012


Technology solutions to help our growing elderly population with Independa

with Kian Saneii

Kian Saneii, a veteran technology entrepreneur, founded Independa to develop easy, integrated technology solutions to help our growing elderly population age in place and joins the show to talk about how it is working.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Kian Saneii discuss the following:

  • What is Independa, and what services do you offer?
  • What sets Independa apart from other companies that provide telecare for the elderly?
  • Why do you think that telehealth is growing so quickly?  What issues does it address for older adults who want to remain independent, and for their caregivers?
  • What are the major obstacles to wider adoption of remote monitoring and social engagement, particularly for the elderly?
  • How do you see the future of telehealth moving?

Tip: Telehealth needs to be integrated and holistic. Both caregivers and those who receive care need a simple, one-stop solution.


Kian Saneii combines expertise as a computer scientist and experience as a software executive with passion for bringing transformational technologies to market. He founded Independa in 2009 to develop and deliver products and services that help caregivers enable the rapidly growing elderly population to remain independent longer, more safely  and more comfortably. Featured in the March 2012 issue of Entrepreneur, he has led the company’s creation of a comprehensive, easy-to-use suite of Integrated CloudCare solutions.

Previously, Saneii was General Manager of Websense Wireless, responsible for launching and growing the wireless division from the ground up, including developing new carrier-centric technology and product lines, and establishing new global distribution partners. As Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Websense, Inc., he redefined the company’s market positioning and helped guide it to global market dominance. In addition to his responsibility for all aspects of global marketing, Saneii oversaw strategy, mergers and acquisitions, OEM sales, and business development. As the founding GM of Websense Wireless, Saneii expanded the company’s vision to encompass the wireless revolution from a new perspective, and established Websense Wireless as a carrier-grade supplier of transformational technologies to the telco/wireless ecosystem worldwide.

Before joining Websense, Saneii served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at IPNet Solutions. In this role, he helped B2B supply chain businesses convert from using EDI to using secure supply chain collaboration and communication systems – introducing real-time information flow and eliminating significant waste throughout the chain.

Prior to his IPNet Solutions role, Saneii served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for IMA, Inc., focusing on CRM solutions. Saneii transformed IMA’s call center solutions into customer interaction centers by integrating all customer interactions and data, redefining the entire market sector.

Earlier in his career, Saneii held management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM).

Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, cum laude, from New York University, where he made Phi Beta Kappa and received the President’s Award. He earned a Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University.

He has played NCAA Division 1 Soccer, was Chief Driving Instructor for BMW Car Club of America’s New York Chapter, and has a Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. Saneii lives in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with his wife and two sons.



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