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Last update: 2013-06-09

Episode 35 - Sharing Important Family Events

2013-06-09 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Bunni Dybnis, LivHOME’s Director of Professional Services, discusses how caregivers and loved ones can help seniors attend important family events, such as weddings, graduations and religious milestones. She examines the challenges seniors face in attending even local events, situations where seniors need to travel long distances in order to participate, and the ways in which technology – such as LivHOME CareMonitor – can be used to attend these events remotely.…

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Episode 34 - Fall Prevention

2013-03-24 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Bunni Dybnis, LivHOME’s Director of Professional Services, explores the danger that falling poses to seniors and looks at ways to prevent fall-related injuries. Specifically, she discusses the reasons why seniors fall, the consequences not only of actual falls but of the fear of falling, steps family members and caregivers can take to prevent falls, and some things that should be avoided when looking to reduce the likelihood of falls.…

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Episode 33 - Senior Care Technology

2013-02-15 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, explores the technology available in senior care today, how it’s changing the senior care model, and the importance of technology-enhanced care for seniors, family members, physicians, elder care attorneys and other professionals. He also discusses LivHOME’s new LivHOME CareMonitor® service, which enables Care Managers to look after seniors remotely, and examines just how this cutting-edge service can help seniors stay independent longer.…

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Episode 32 – Holiday Traditions

2012-12-09 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, explores the importance of holiday traditions, which are some of the most meaningful interactions families can have. He explains just why the holidays are so important for seniors, provides some great examples of seniors’ holiday traditions, and offers advice on how family members and caregivers can help seniors overcome limitations and carry on with their holiday traditions.…

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Episode 31 - Seniors Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

2012-10-08 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Randi Israel, a LivHOME Care Manager in Skokie, Ill., examines a common but unfortunate issue that arises as married seniors age – the death of one spouse. She explores a number of aspects of the grieving process including: what to expect with normal, or healthy, grieving; times of year or events that can be particularly difficult for a surviving spouse; and signs that grief has turned to something more dangerous, such as depression.…

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Episode 30 - Home Safety

2012-06-17 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, examines home safety, a particularly important issue given that one in three seniors age 65 and older suffers falls each year. He addresses topics including: the most common reasons for falls and ways to avoid them, the importance of home security for seniors, the value of having an emergency supply kit in the home, and home safety issues for seniors suffering from dementia.…

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Episode 29 - Hospital Readmissions

2012-05-14 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, explores the issue of hospital readmissions, which has drawn increased focus from the federal government. Topics include: how hospital readmissions have become a major health issue, the reasons people are readmitted to the hospital after discharge, the importance of this issue for seniors, and what seniors and their families and caregivers can do to reduce the likelihood of readmissions.…

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Episode 28 - Depression in Seniors

2012-03-18 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Kelley Richard, a LivHOME Care Manager in Houston, explores the topic of depression in seniors, which tends to emerge at this time of year as winter transitions into spring. She looks at depression in terms of both identifying it and taking action. Topics include: defining depression, the signs and symptoms of depression, getting appropriate treatment, and dealing with resistance to a diagnosis of depression.…

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Episode 27 - Assisted Living or Home Care

2012-01-09 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, discusses how to work with a senior loved one to decide between assisted living and home care when the senior can no longer function independently. He addresses a number of topics including: how families might begin this discussion, the pros and cons of assisted living, the value of home care as an option, and the natural inclination of families to rush through this sometimes difficult process.…

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Episode 26 - Anticipatory Grief

2011-11-07 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, addresses the topic of anticipatory grief, which can occur, for example, when a senior is suffering from a terminal illness. He addresses topics including: how families can handle such situations and keep their sadness from impacting the last days with their senior loved one; what family members can do to help seniors in hospice care; ways to deal with holidays and birthdays, which can be difficult for seniors in these situations; and ideas for helping still-healthy seniors deal with sadness during holidays.…

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Episode 25 - Helping Those Who Care for Dementia Sufferers

2011-08-22 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, discusses the challenges facing those who care for seniors suffering from dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. He suggests finding ways to balance caregiving efforts with the caregiver’s own needs in areas such as self care vs. care for the senior, safety vs. dignity, holding on vs. letting go, and doing it all vs. having others help out.…

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Episode 24 - Travel Destinations for Seniors

2011-08-01 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, walks us through some summertime travel destinations that are particularly well suited to seniors. He discusses the attributes that make travel destinations a good choice for seniors, issues to watch out for when planning trips, specific travel ideas for seniors such as national parks, cruises and resorts, and major cities that are worth a visit.…

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Episode 23 - Aftercare for Seniors

2011-02-21 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer, discusses the importance of aftercare following a hospitalization and how to organize an aftercare program to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Topics include dividing the aftercare effort into two components – pre-discharge and post-discharge – how daily caregiving tasks can be impacted by aftercare needs, and ways that families can deal with the pressures of providing aftercare to their loved ones.…

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Episode 22 - Fitness for Seniors

2010-11-30 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Mary Beth Hardy, LivHOME’s Midwest Regional Director, discusses the importance of fitness for seniors. She addresses a number of topics including how to incorporate an exercise program into a senior’s overall care, the types exercises recommended for improving fitness, how an exercise program helped one senior achieve an important personal goal, and tips for sticking with a new fitness program over the long term.…

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Episode 21 - Advance Directives

2010-08-30 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Darlene Mann, a LivHOME Care Manager in Southern California, discusses the issue of advance directives. She addresses a number of topics including the difference between a living will and a durable power of attorney, what caregivers and care managers can do to assure that advance directives are in place and accurately reflect the senior’s wishes, and tips on raising the issue of advance directives with seniors.…

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Episode 20 - Protecting Vulnerable Seniors

2010-06-02 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, speaks to the important topic of protecting vulnerable seniors. He breaks down the vulnerabilities likely to strike seniors into four specific areas: physical, emotional, financial and cognitive. Importantly, Steve addresses these from the point of view of protecting seniors before their vulnerabilities lead to serious problems.…

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Episode 19 - Sex After 60

2010-04-06 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Mary Beth Hardy, LivHOME’s Midwest Regional Director, discusses a number of issues related to sexual activity among seniors. The topics Mary Beth addresses include: the relatively high incidence of sexually transmitted disease among seniors; how the lack of both privacy and mobility can impact seniors who are sexually active; tips for adult children and caregivers in dealing with sexually active seniors; and the importance of being an advocate for seniors in this area.…

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Episode 18 - Understanding Long Term Care Insurance

2010-02-04 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Rob Pohls, an attorney who works with long term care insurance companies, explains the ins and outs of this type of insurance. He addresses topics including: at what age someone might consider a long term care policy; understanding the different types of coverage – for example, not all policies cover at-home care; and tips for anyone looking to take out long term care coverage.…

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Episode 17 - Holiday Gifts That Connect

2009-11-18 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, MSW, LCSW, CMC, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, presents a number of holiday gift ideas that focus on things family members can do rather than items that must be purchased. Technology enabling gifts such as setting up a computer or combining multiple TV remotes into a single unit can both improve a senior’s quality of life and bring families closer together during the holidays.…

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Episode 16 - Nutrition for Seniors

2009-09-08 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In conjunction with Healthy Aging Month, the Senior Care Podcast by LivHOME has released Episode 16 -- Nutrition for Seniors. In the new episode, Mary Beth Hardy, LivHOME's Midwest Regional Director, discusses the importance of good nutrition and how caregivers can help their senior clients achieve it.…

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Episode 15 - The Myth of Independence

2009-06-30 :: LivHOME, Inc.

As Independence Day approaches, Steve Barlam, MSW, LCSW, CMC, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, discusses the idea of independence as an aspiration for seniors. He explains just what seniors mean when they say they want their independence, and points out that what they actually need is interdependence. Steve offers advice for family members seeking to introduce this idea and explains that there is a lesson in this for all who serve as caregivers and friends to seniors.…

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Episode 14 - Advances in Alzheimer's Research

2009-05-18 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Dr. Douglas Galasko, Director of the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of California, San Diego, discusses advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Galasko also provides advice for caregivers, including where to get more information about the disease and how find out about clinical trials for new Alzheimer's treatments.…

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Episode 13 - Paying for Care: Part 2

2009-03-29 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Rick Alphonso, President and CEO of The Financial Advisory Group in Houston, discusses the financial considerations surrounding paying for care in difficult economic times. Topics include the impact of declining yields on seniors' ability to finance their ongoing needs, advice for trying to get by with less money in today's environment, and the importance of a financial plan that takes ongoing care needs into account.…

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Episode 12 - Paying for Care: Part 1

2009-02-16 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, LivHOME's Chief Professional Officer, discusses programs and approaches to help seniors and their families pay for care during today's challenging times. Topics include programs such as Medicare Part D, Medicaid and special benefits for Veterans, getting information and guidance for navigating these programs, and how to make sure you are utilizing the right amount of care.…

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Episode 11 - The Holiday Blues

2008-10-27 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Bunni Dybnis, LivHOME's Director of Professional Services in Los Angeles discusses the Holiday Blues, which can strike seniors in particular at this time of year. She addresses topics including what to watch for to identify the Holiday Blues, how to reinvent the holidays to address this issue and places caregivers can turn for help. Bunni has also provided a sheet of practical tips for reinventing the holidays, which you can view by clicking here.…

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Episode 10 - Brain Aerobics

2008-09-18 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Mary Beth Hardy, LivHOME's Regional Director, Central Region, in this episode discusses the practice of Brain Aerobics and the great value it can have for seniors. She explains how caregivers can help work Brain Aerobics into a senior's everyday life and how it can be beneficial in addressing the decline in brain function that often comes with age. She provides interesting, real-life examples of Brain Aerobics activities seniors and their caregivers have developed and used.…

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Episode 9 - Selecting Your Caregiving Provider

2008-08-11 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Kirsten Goulde, Vice President of Human Resources at LivHOME, discusses the different types of caregiving providers available to seniors. She addresses the differences between large providers, smaller caregiving companies, and individuals who work as caregivers; a "must have" list of priorities when selecting a caregiver; and resources for finding additional information on selecting and employing caregivers.…

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Episode 8 - Understanding Elder Law

2008-07-13 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Stuart Zimring, an elder law attorney based in California, discusses in this episode just what elder law is and what types of issues elder law attorneys can address on behalf of seniors. He explores topics such as the documents a senior needs to have in place, what Medicare does and does not cover in terms of paying for care, and how to find a good elder law attorney.…

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Episode 7 - Planning Ahead for Care

2008-05-26 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this episode, Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, discusses how seniors and their families should tackle the very sensitive topic of planning for the future care needs of the senior. He deals with issues including the "right time" to have such a conversation, the necessity of considering lifestyle issues as part of the care-planning process, and where to turn for financial and legal advice.…

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Episode 6 - Getting Started with Your Caregiver

2008-04-07 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, in this episode discusses how seniors and their families should handle the very beginning of the caregiving relationship. He discusses important topics such as preparations the senior and his or her family should make ahead of time, readying the home for the caregiver's very first visit, and how one should expect the caregiving relationship to develop over time.…

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Episode 5 - Long-Distance Caregiving

2008-03-17 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Sharon Rosenfield, a Care Manager for LivHOME in Los Angeles, discusses the challenges of providing care to senior family members who live at a distance from their grown children. She deals with issues including the importance of noticing the little things, making the experience less lonely for the senior, and the roles a long-distance caregiver must play in emergencies.…

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Episode 4 - Caring for Seniors with Dementia

2008-01-20 :: LivHOME, Inc.

In this first episode of 2008, Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, provides valuable advice for those who care for seniors suffering from dementia. He describes common mistakes, ways to identify the causes and precursors to challenging behavior, and the importance of reducing anxiety among dementia sufferers.…

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Episode 3 - Preparing for Emergencies

2007-12-09 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Preparing for Emergencies features a discussion of LivHOME's experiences caring for seniors during the recent San Diego fires. It focuses on the importance of advance preparation, essential steps in the planning process, the value of communication tools, and ways to ease seniors' fears during emergency events.…

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Episode 2 - Thinking Ahead for the Holidays

2007-11-12 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Thinking Ahead for the Holidays discusses gift giving, lodging, creating memories and the value of acknowledging caregivers. Steve Barlam, LivHOME's chief professional officer and a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of geriatric care management experience, also offers suggestions about how adult children can use holiday visits to assess the emotional and physical condition of their senior loved ones.…

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Episode 1 - Enhancing Your Parents' Quality of Life

2007-09-26 :: LivHOME, Inc.

Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME, discusses the steps adult children can take to help their parents truly enjoy their senior years. Topics include the importance of effective communication, planning successful events, items children can purchase to make everyday tasks easier and more pleasant, and the great value that can come from the simple things.…

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