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All Things Seniors: A Podcast For Caregivers

In this podcast we talk with experts about 'All Things Seniors' - Transportation, Food, Housing (Downsizing, Retirement Communities, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Personal Care Homes etc.), Health (Dementia, Alzheimer, Arthritis, Parkinson, Posture, Hearing Loss, Blindness etc.), Abuse, Loneliness, Isolation and much more. The purpose is to provide information and learning for Caregivers about these challenges. Most caregivers end up in the role of Family Caregiver for the first time in their lives - they crave this knowledge.Most caregivers are from a Sandwich generation, where on one hand they have their own life (kids, jobs, wife, their own health etc.) and on the other hand they also have older parents to take care of. These sandwich generation caregivers crave for these knowledge nuggets, as to how to support Mom/Dad, to be able to provide better care to their loved ones.If you would like us to address a topic that you currently don’t find in any episodes, let us know and we will address your questions with a relevant industry expert. You can connect with us at Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com.

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Episode 6: Using A Positive Approach To Dementia Care

Over half a million Canadians are currently living with dementia. Unfortunately, at least 10% of Canadians with dementia are being cared for in hospitals even though it’s not the ideal location for them. Dementia is not just a Canadian challenge, it's also a global issue and a complex one as well. It affects families financially, emotionally, and culturally. In short, it affects their overall lives in general. Fortunately, there are some great people around the world who are spearheading movements to empower families affected by dementia. With us today is the world's most renowned speaker and educator on the subject of dementia, Teepa Snow. Teepa is an occupational therapist with 40 years of clinical and academic experience. She presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Topics: What Teepa meant by positive approach When people have shortcomings How dementia can differ depending on the patient’s personality On getting connected before care One of our biggest mistakes people commit Why it’s hard for family caregivers The importance of getting good and credible information early and throughout the diagnosis and progression of the condition Some symptoms of dementia that needs to get a diagnosis Gaps in the ability of family and professional caregivers to provide quality care for people with dementia Quotes: "There's almost always a solo person who thinks they know the person better, who believes they are the better caregiver." "What I thought was gonna be the case may not turn out to be how it works." "We start off as a human being first and foremost." Links: Teepa’s Website Email address: pollyl@teepasnow.com Twitter: @teepasnow Instagram: teepasnows_pac Facebook: www.facebook.com/teepasnow.dementiaexpert YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/teepasnow Host Mentioned: https://www.aging2.com/ The AD8 - Dementia Checklist Did You Know Segment: https://alzheimer.ca/en/Home/About-dementia/What-is-dementia/Dementia-numbers Consulting - consulting@teepasnow.com Products - https://teepasnow.com/product-category/all-products/ Coupon code - ALLTHINGS19


20 Dec 2019

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Episode 5: “Co-Housing”, an alternate option for Retirement Living

Cohousing originated in Denmark in the 1960s. Today some 50,000 people in Denmark are cohousing. In Canada, we have less than 20 cohousing projects and they are mainly in BC. There are however over 150 such projects in the US (and maybe more now). Building communities and avoiding loneliness is something we all need to address as a society and cohousing definitely helps. Today, our guest is Grace Kim. Grace is an architect with over 20 years of experience under her belt. She is also an internationally recognised expert in cohousing. Grade had a great TED Talk where she talked about how cohousing can make people happier (and live longer). Topics: What cohousing is What makes cohousing different from a traditional condominium or single family home development The benefits of cohousing How some people approach cohousing The biggest reason people don't prefer it How cohousing helps people to live more happily What we can do to share the message about choosing How seniors can be supported in cohousing What the mode of communication will be The pros and cons of cohousing What she does on her spare time Quotes: "Having a strong social connections and strong relationships are the most important things that would help longevity of life." "Cohousing helps us to remember the humanity in all of us and to really be connected with each other in a more meaningful way." Links: Grace’s TED Talk Grace’s Website Grace’s LinkedIn Grace’s Facebook Contact Grace: info@schemataworkshop.com How to find CoHousing options for you: http://cohousing.org/ and https://cohousing.ca/ Did You Know Segment


13 Dec 2019

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Episode 8: Ageism

According to a few research done by AARP, 64% of older adults in the United States have seen or experienced age-based discrimination. Unfortunately, it’s no longer a problem that’s prevalent in the United States alone. In fact, ageism is now regarded as the most wildly experienced form of discrimination in Europe. Ageism also exists in social platforms like Facebook groups. In addition, the median age of employees at Apple, Google, and Facebook are 33, 31, and 26 respectively. Today's guest is Ashton Applewhite. Ashton is the author of the book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” Ashton is an internationally recognised expert on ageism. She has spoken on the topic at various venues including the TED main stage and the United Nations. Ashton has also written for Harper's, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Ashton is also the voice of "Yo, Is This Ageist?" Ashton is considered the leading spokesperson for the emerging movement against discrimination on the basis of age. Topics: What ageism is Why ageism was reported as the top form of discrimination most people encounter Why age is a real number Negative messages about asking for help Why she started "Yo, Is This Ageist?" On her TED Talk Seeing ageism’s effect in different parts of the world Her take on the issue of climate change When she started becoming an activist for ageism Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home All Things Senior’s Facebook Ashton’s Website: www.thischairrocks.com Ashton’s TED Talk: https://bit.ly/38OWPDQ Ashton’s Twitter: @thischairrocks Ashton’s Instagram: thischairrocks Ashton’s Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ThisChairRocks Ashton’s Book: https://amzn.to/35B9zfq Ashton’s Blog: https://thischairrocks.com/blog/ Ask her a Question: https://yoisthisageist.com/ Did You Know Segment: https://brandongaille.com/44-shocking-ageism-statistics/ Age Discrimination Canadian Information: http://www.agediscrimination.info/international-age-discrimination/canada


3 Jan 2020

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Bonus Holidays Travel Episode: Practical Travel Tips For Seniors

A new study conducted by the Transportation Research Board on the issues impacting seniors indicated that these so-called “ignored and invisible” population has a lot to worry about from a travel standpoint. Four of the biggest challenges faced by seniors are wayfinding, fatigue, technology, and amenities. In short, travel can be stressful for them. Carla McDonald will discuss how to plan better and reduce the travel stress for seniors. Carla has 4 decades of experience with airlines. She has worked at the frontlines of airports checking in passengers, departing hundreds of flights, and boarding thousands of passengers in her career. She retired in 2017 but decided to continue servicing people who experience challenges that airlines are not able to address. Carla started her own companion travel company business called The Travelling Guardian. The Travelling Guardian helps relieve the stress and worries of travelling alone with their travel chaperone service. Carla offers travelling companions for children, elderly individuals, mobility impaired individuals, as well as a nanny air service for parents. Topics: The biggest senior-related travel issue Things that can help in planning your travel better Medical clearance Travel insurance Carry-on bag size and dimension Difference between personal items and carry-on Incorrect names can disrupt your travel Questions most asked by seniors About Travelling Guardian Quote: "The airlines aren't going to say NO to you. They just want to make sure that your parent is fit to travel." Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link Right at Home: www.rightathomecanada.com Carla’s Website: www.TheTravellingGuardian.com Email address: TheTravellingGuardian@Gmail.com Instagram: TheTravellingGuardian Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheTravellingGuardian Did You Know Segment: https://bit.ly/35OI9Tl https://bit.ly/374NDtz


23 Dec 2019

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Episode 7: Entrepreneurship After 65, a.k.a. “Senior Entrepreneurs”

Did you know that 61% of baby boomers would want to work after their formal retirement? This finding is also evident in the Babson College report as it revealed that 51% of small businesses are owned by people over the age of 50. Today's guest is Paul Tasner. Paul is the CEO of PulpWorks, Inc., a company that designs and manufactures biodegradable packaging for consumer goods. Paul is also the co-founder of Sort Inc. Paul has a unique thing about entrepreneurship and he highly encourages everyone to watch his TED Talk on how he became an entrepreneur at age 66. Topics: How his journey as an entrepreneur started Things to take into account when launching a business What he would have done differently as an older entrepreneur What people can learn from his experience in terms of finding capital His response to people who ask why he’s still working instead of relaxing His advice to older people who would like to start a business Quote: "If you really want to live a long rich life, do something entrepreneurial." Links Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link Right at Home: www.rightathomecanada.com Paul’s TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_tasner_how_i_became_an_entrepreneur_at_66?language=en Paul’s Website: http://www.pulpworksinc.com/ Paul’s LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paultasner/ Did You Know segment: https://www.businessinsider.com/seniors-realize-their-small-business-dreams-2019-8 Email Address: paultasner@gmail.com


27 Dec 2019

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Episode 10: Preserving Dignity In Dementia - the DAWN Method

Did you know that family caregivers of people with dementia are often called the invisible second patient? The effects of being a family caregiver though sometimes are positive, are generally negative with high risk of emotional burden, social isolation, physical ill-health, and a lot of financial hardships. Thankfully, there are callers, professionals, and educators around the world that are working hard to bring new approaches of care. Today we have Judy Cornish, an elder law attorney, author, and founder of the Dementia and Alzheimer's Wellbeing Network (DAWN). She is best known for creating the DAWN method, dementia care that supports the skills not lost to dementia. Topics: What she meant by preserving dignity in dementia The DAWN approach The 7 skills and how it applies to the relationship between caregiver and the person receiving the care Her suggestions to caregivers What is strength base care Judy’s books Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Judy’s TEDx Talk Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/judy_cornish_the_dawn_of_dementia_care Judy’s Website: https://thedawnmethod.com/ Judy’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judycornish/ Judy’s Twitter: @theDAWNmethod Judy’s Instagram: thedawnmethod Judy’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theDAWNmethod/ Judy’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8UbxgQFYpSvJtaYmAF8wOw Judy’s Email: Judy@theDAWNmethod.com Judy’s Books: The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home by Judy Cornish Dementia with Dignity: Living Well with Alzheimer's Or Dementia Using the Dawn by Judy Cornish Did You Know Segment: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181916/


17 Jan 2020

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Episode 4: Quality Aging, Anywhere

Did you know that in Canada the average cost of living, whether it’s assisted or going to retirement homes with dementia suites can go up to 1.5k-6k dollars a month and the country has recorded a great increase of seniors in the last years. Today we have Tony Weeks, the president and CEO of York Care Centre and also part of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging in New Brunswick. He also previously operated his own health consulting firm, served as a hospital CEO, and worked in senior provincial health and long-term care executive roles in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Given that New Brunswick has the highest percentage of seniors, serving seniors and researching in better ageing solutions is very close to his heart. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on the retirement living facilities and his endeavour to help seniors improve their quality of life. Topics: Tony’s thoughts on the cost of living and the facilities of retirement living His take on what we could do to do better in Canada The 2 or 3 different types of facility life The advocacy that needs to happen to empower people in their own homes What and where to look for information for family caregivers to make the right decisions and to have the right perspective in mind How to make the experience of moving to a retirement living or assisted living as best as possible His thoughts on how as a society we can tap on the experiences of older adults and try to bring the purpose back to their life The role technology plays in their activities and how to engage older adults in technology Tony’s background and his organisations or institutions The kind of collaborators and work they are looking for Links: Right at Home Tony's Twitter Tony's LinkedIn Tony's Email: tweeks@yorkcarecenter.ca Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging York Care Centre York Care Centre's Facebook Age Well Canada


13 Dec 2019

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Episode 3: Aging In Place: Growing Older, Staying At Home

As of July 2019, there are more than 10,000 Canadians over the age of 100 and over 80% of those centenarians are women. Also, 16% to 17% of the people who are over the age of 65 today that is part of the population by 2031 will become 23%. Another 6% to 7% of Canadians will enter age 65 and above and by 2039, there will be another 4 million people. We have Margot McWhirter with us today to talk about her insights on aging populations. Margot is a registered occupational therapist and has over 25 years of experience in the industry. She is also the founder of Inclusive Aging. Topics: How she sees the aging population in Canada Reflecting on what aging means to us What occupational therapist means and what they do What successful aging in place means How end-of-life planning doesn't need to be a difficult, painful, or awkward conversation How an occupational therapist can help people to stay in place How people usually pay for modifications in accessibility, safety, and quality of life What Inclusive Aging is and what they do Quote: "Success is person-based, so what success is to you might be different than what success looks like to another individual." Links: Right at Home   Canada.ca National Post Profiles: Margot's Website Margot's Email: info@inclusiveaging.com Twitter: @InclusiveAging Instagram: inclusiveagingca


13 Dec 2019

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Episode 9: The Power Of Music In Dementia Care

Did you know that there are close to 10 million cases of dementia worldwide? That is one case of dementia every 3 seconds. Suffice it to say, it’s no longer just a challenge specific to a country but it has become a worldwide phenomenon. Today we have Mary Sue Wilkinson, an educator and a professional musician. She is the author of “Songs You Know By Heart: A Simple Guide For Using Music In Dementia Care.” Mary Sue is also a public speaker and trainer. She leads hundreds of music sessions each year for seniors and has recorded two sing-along CDs. Topics How her journey started towards dementia care How music helps dementia patients Five reasons why she thinks music is a tool in dementia care How family caregivers can figure out what kind of music their parents enjoyed when they were young How someone working at assisted living facilities or retirement homes can incorporate music Her works and CDs Quote: “Someone who is singing with you or to you is probably not there to hurt you.” Links: Host’s Email Address: rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Mary Sue’s Website: www.SingingHeartToHeart.com Mary Sue’s Email Address: MarySue@SingingHeartToHeart.com Mary Sue’s Twitter: @YoungatHeartMus Mary Sue’s Instagram: singing_heart_to_heart Mary Sue’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Mhx0bIjD03YXHsAcwUt-A/featured Mary Sue’s CD1: Songs You Know By Heart: https://singinghearttoheart.com/songs-you-know-by-heart-cd Mary Sue’s CD2: Sing Along With Mary Sue: Folk Song Favorites For Young And Old - https://singinghearttoheart.com/sing-along-with-mary-sue-folk-song-favorites-for-young-and-old Mary Sue’s Book: Songs You Know By Heart: A Simple Guide For Using Music In Dementia Care - https://singinghearttoheart.com/songs-you-know-by-heart-a-simple-guide-for-using-music-in-dementia-care--2 Research Link: https://musicandmemory.org/music-brain-resources/current-research/ Did You Know Segment: https://www.alz.co.uk/research/statistics


10 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 24: Season Finale, Highlights of Season 1

Did you know that our podcast is now listened to in 30 countries? When we started the “All Things Seniors” podcast, I never imagined that our efforts of creating the show will be accepted so positively around the world and that we will be given so much love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Topics: Rafiq's backstory and how he came to where he is today How the “All Things Seniors” podcast came about How the podcast made him a better caregiver Things he learned from the guests on his show What's next for the podcast Links: Rafiq's Email: rafiq@seniorspodcast.com All Things Seniors’ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors/


24 Apr 2020

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Episode 23: COVID19 - It's impact on Financial and Psycho-Social Health, for Seniors and Caregivers

Did you know that although coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily a health challenge, its impacts on financial markets is very significant as well? On one hand, global death toll has gone over 100,000 people and on the other hand financial markets have gone down by over 30 percent. To address the elephant in the room, I decided to invite a health and financial expert over. In this episode, we’ll talk about the deep impact the pandemic has on people's retirement savings and cash flows. To help us figure things out, we have Doug Buss with us today. Doug has over 33 years of experience and is considered a veteran in the financial industry. Doug works with over 1,200 families and has been on the podcast before. To cover topics related to elderly care and the role of caregivers, we have Taz Lakhani with us today. She is the director of care for Right At Home - Greater Winnipeg Area. She has been in the industry for over 15 years now. Taz works with various community organisations and lots of families who are dealing with dementia or various other elderly challenges. She's working at the grassroots level. Topics: How coronavirus affects older adults especially on the health side of things What to do to prevent the spread of the virus Difference between social distancing and social isolation On utilising technologies The impact of the pandemic on older adults from a financial perspective Taz's thoughts on what caregivers should be doing at times like these What Taz sees in the community right now How Doug helps some of the families he’s working with in terms of retirement savings loss What Taz sees while working in the community of people with dementia Taz's advice to caregivers to make this journey easier for them in times like these Doug's tips to caregivers in terms of finances Their advice on what caregivers should do Links: Zoom: https://zoom.us Facebook: https://www.facebook.com Taz's Company Website: https://www.rightathomecanada.com/winnipeg Taz's Office Contact: 2043185554 Doug's Company Website: https://www.yourstylefinancial.ca/ Doug's Office Contact: 2042276395 Doug Buss' Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-2-how-much-do-i-need-for-my-retirement/id1490462770?i=1000459492474 Teepa Snow's Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-6-using-a-positive-approach-to-dementia-care/id1490462770?i=1000460272808 Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Doug's Company Website: www.yourstylefinancial.ca/ Doug's Book: www.yourstylefinancial.ca/bookpurchase Doug's Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourstylefinancial/ Doug's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dougbuss Doug's Email: doug@yourstylefinancial.ca Office number: 204.474.2929 Tazz's Website: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg Taz's Email: Taz@RAHWinnipeg.ca Taz’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RightAtHomeWinnipeg Did You Know Segment:  https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/


17 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 22: Entrepreneurship as Retirement Career

Did you know that a 50 plus year old startup founder is almost 3 times more likely to have a successful business compared to a 25-year-old startup founder? I would have thought that due to positive stats like that there would have been more and more support to grant fundings available to this older entrepreneur group but no, we don't see that. However, there are great people in our society who see the need for that kind of support for older entrepreneurs and they take action. One such awesome person is with us here today, Wendy Mayhew. Wendy is an author, educator, and entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience. Her most recent businesses are "WISE - Seniors in Business" and "WISE 50 over 50 Awards.” WISE - Seniors in Business was formed to change how older entrepreneurs are perceived and to guide older entrepreneurs in deciding if entrepreneurship is for them. Wendy has quickly became Canada's leading expert on older entrepreneurship. She has an extensive research in understanding the challenges. She is a sought after speaker and workshop facilitator of many business organisations. Now, she's starting to realise the importance of serving this newest group of entrepreneurs. Topics: Why she created the WISE 50 over 50 Awards Who decides who is going to receive the award The biggest challenge of older entrepreneurs What she sees people use as an alternate option On finding different avenues of financing How people approach entrepreneurship if their family is not supporting them What the role of the local Chamber of Commerce is Her thoughts on seeing some people venture into different things Her advice to people when preparing for a change On her book Her advice to people who are retired and wants to venture into entrepreneurship Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Wendy's Website: www.Wise-SeniorsInBusiness.com Wendy's Email: Wendy@LaunchItRight.com Wendy’s Twitter: Wendy_Mayhew Wendy’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiseseniorsinbusiness/ Wendy’s book: WISER: The Definitive Guide to Starting a Business after the Age of 50 Did You Know Segment:  https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/a-study-of-27-million-startups-found-ideal-age-to-start-a-business-and-its-much-older-than-you-think.html


10 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 19: Transportation For Seniors & Its Role In Purposeful Aging

Did you know that driving is the primary mode of transportation for a large majority of Canadian adults including seniors ages 65 to 74? Almost 70% reported driving their own vehicles as their primary means of transportation. Thirty percent of seniors 85 years old and older also relied on driving as their main mode of transportation. More than one in five seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia drove in the previous months and 17% reported driving as their main form of transportation. Continuing to drive even with mild visual or cognitive limitations does not always increase risk but driving with significant impairment is the problem. The challenge is to ensure seniors who should no longer drive have access to affordable and appropriate alternatives to meet their transportation needs. Transportation is important for their independence, social engagement, and their overall health. However, driving has to be safe not just for them but for everyone else as well. Surely, this is a complex matter. To help put things in perspective, we have with us Samantha Rodeck. Samantha is a community development consultant working with TONS (Transportation Options Network for Seniors). For the past several years, her work focused on community capacity building within the nonprofit sector, working specifically with community groups supporting older people. Samantha educates, supports, and inspires individuals to live a positive fulfilling life and continues to work to give way to individuals who are often not heard. Topics: On people who are no longer able to drive Transportation options available The role community resource coordinators play Role medical professionals have to ensure drivers stay safe on the road Age an older adult should stop driving Her thoughts on self-driving cars Her tips to make the whole process easier Her thoughts on technology companies providing another mode of transportation for people Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Samantha's Website: www.TonsMB.org Samantha's Email: info@TonsMB.org Samantha’s Twitter: @options_network  Did You Know Segment: https://www.ctvnews.ca/features/more-seniors-dying-on-canadian-roads-than-any-other-group-1.3821118 https://www.conferenceboard.ca/temp/51db4b64-3857-45f8-ac99-c9265cd1ab59/8293_ManagingMobility_BR.pdf Discussion Topics References During Episode: https://www.ctvnews.ca/features/made-in-canada-solutions-to-seniors-dying-on-the-roads-1.3822357 https://www.wired.com/story/stop-saying-driverless-cars-will-help-old-people/


20 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Episode 17: Medical Cannabis 101 - Myths and Uses

Did you know that according to Stats Canada, people aged 65 and older are Canada's fastest growing group of cannabis users? Additionally, there are 10 times more seniors using cannabis today than in 2012. Despite this increase there still remains a large population of older adults that grew up in an era where pot, weed, marijuana or whatever it was called was not legal and hence, there are questions or misconceptions. So we thought that cannabis 101 discussion especially from the perspective of older adults should be done. Today, we invited Dr. Arash Taghvai on the show. Dr. Arash is an international medical graduate who works at Apollo Cannabis Clinic in Toronto, Canada. His duty is to support patients who are looking to improve their quality of life with medical cannabis. Apollo Cannabis Clinic prescribes medical cannabis for patients suffering from conditions such as chronic pain, sleep issues, and PDSD. They also educate patients about this method of alternative medicine. Topics: Different terminologies of cannabis Difference between THC and CBD The myths about cannabis How to approach cannabis medication for those who have not used it before Process when prescribing cannabis-based medications to patients The advantages of using medical cannabis The best ways to consume cannabis The high impact of cannabis on many common diseases On cannabis-based medications Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Arash's Website: www.ApolloCannabis.ca Arash's Email: Arash@ApolloResearch.ca Arash’s Instagram: ApolloCannabisClinic Did You Know Segment: https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/seniors-are-canada-s-fastest-growing-group-of-cannabis-users-statcan-1.4665383


6 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Episode 16: “Caregiving Changes Relationships”

Did you know that there are over 6 million family caregivers in Canada? Over 50% of family caregivers are themselves over the age of 45. That means most of them are managing careers as well as kids along with being a caregiver. Many family caregivers don’t have formal caregiving training so I really applaud people and organisations who help educate caregivers. One such educator is with us today and her name is Debra Hallisey. Currently, Debra’s most important role is being her mother's caregiver for the past 5 years. She took on that role after seeing her father go through congestive heart failure. Losing her job due to caregiving issues prompted Debra to create "Advocate for Mom & Dad.” Her mission is to educate family caregivers and provide answers to basic caregiving questions like where to start, what to do next, etc. She also uses her blog, book, and work to help other caregivers like her. Topics: How caregivers can change relationships How she created new ways of engaging with her mom as a daughter On empowering her mom One thing she will tell family caregivers not to do What they can do to make their lives as family caregivers easier How caregiving can change relationships Why saying no is something every caregiver should learn How to approach financial challenges when playing the role of a caregiver Her advice to caregivers who are not good in budgeting Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Debra's Website: www.advocateformomanddad.com Debra's Email: hallisdl@gmail.com Debra’s Twitter: @advocatemomdad Debra’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/advocateformomdad Debra’s Book: “Your Caregiver Relationship Contract: How to navigate the minefield of new roles and expectations”  Did You Know Segment: https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/community-resources/statistics-in-family-caregiving/


28 Feb 2020

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Episode 15: “Parkinsons: Living Your Best”

Did you know that Parkinson's disease is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease? To date, an estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson's disease. The prevalence of the disease ranges from 41 people per hundred thousand in the fourth decade of life. More than 100, 000 people afflicted with the disease are 80 years old and above. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson's than women. The disease affects the patient's quality of life. For starters, it can make social interactions difficult and might also affect their financial condition. However, a few people come out stronger despite the challenges brought about by the condition and help others achieve the same feat. One such amazing human being is with us today, Tim Hague Sr. Tim is a retired nurse of 25 plus years. Nowadays, he devotes his time to professional speaking and writing. Tim is the founder of U-Turn Parkinson's. He is also the author of the bestselling book "Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined." He has spoken for TEDx and he’s sought-after across North America for his motivational and inspiring topics like "Live Your Best" and "The Power of Perseverance." Even after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at just 46 years old, Tim and his son still won the 1st season of the reality television series “The Amazing Race Canada.” Tim is also considered an outspoken and effective advocate for people living with Parkinson's around the world. Topics: What Parkinson's disease is How he got into The Amazing Race Canada How U-Turn Parkinson’s came about How to live one’s best life even with Parkinson's What the word perseverance means for him How his family has been supporting him A story that helps improve one’s quality of life The form of exercise that has helped him The biggest social challenge people with Parkinson's disease face Links: Host’s Email Address: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Tim's Website: www.timsr.ca Tim's Email Address: tim@timsr.ca Tim’s Twitter: @timhaguesr U-Turn Parkinson’s: www.uturnparkinsons.org Parkinson's Canada: www.parkinson.ca Tim’s Book: Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined By Tim Hague Sr. Did You Know Segment: https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/parkinsons-disease-statistics/


21 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Episode 14: “Purpose vs. Paycheck, in Retirement Years”

According to a 2018 Stats-Canada report, over 30% of people aged 60 and above are working or are looking for work. The report also indicated that over 50% are working or looking for work out of necessity. Freedom 55 is becoming less and less of a reality as more people are now working past their 50s and 60s. To help us understand some of the reasons why many older adults choose to continue working even past retirement age, we have Chris Farrell. Chris is a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, an American radio program that focuses on economy, business, and the events that influence them. Chris is also an economics commentator for the Minnesota Public Radio as well as host of the series “Conversations on the Creative Economy.” He also writes for PBS Next Avenue and The Star Tribune. Chris has been in the industry for over 25 years and he definitely knows what he’s doing. Topics: Why people no longer prefer conventional retirement How his book came about Why people are not happy in their jobs How people should prepare themselves so they're better equipped to work in their retirement years Trends he sees more people are doing in their retirement years How he sees ageism and age discrimination Why some people who are 60 are still considering starting a business On having a support system in their entrepreneurial journey Acknowledging the labour shortage at a policy level What young people should do to become better entrepreneurs in their older years Quote: "Don't invest a lot of money, invest a lot of time.” Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Chris’s Articles on PBS Next Avenue: www.nextavenue.org/writer/chris-farrell/ Chris’s Articles on Star Tribune: www.startribune.com/chris-farrell/16828336/ Chris on MPR News: https://www.mprnews.org/people/chris-farrell Chris’s Website: www.ChrisFarrell.net Chris’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-farrell-596ab76/ Chris’s Twitter: @CFarrellEcon Chris’s Email: CFarrell@mpr.org Chris’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chris-Farrell-272463121638/ Chris’s Book: Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money, and Happiness in the Second Half of Life Did You Know Segment: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/71-222-x/71-222-x2018003-eng.htm


14 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 13: “Palliative Care - Being Alive vs. Living A Life”

Did you know that over 75% of Canadians want to die at home? A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information also revealed that people who access palliative home care services in their last year of life are 2.5 times more likely to be able to do so. Yet, another report tells us that each year, an estimated 40 million people around the world are in need of palliative care and only 14% actually receive it. In this episode, we have Dr. Tim Ihrig. He is the Chief Medical Officer at Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care. He is also the founder and CEO of Ihrig MD & Associates. Dr. Ihrig has been recognised internationally for combining clinical and administrative experience to improve health care coordination and care delivery systems for the most vulnerable individuals. Dr. Ihrig's featured TED Talk “What We Can Do to Die Well" has been viewed more than 1 million times globally. He also co-authored "Palliative Care and Symptom Management.” Topics: What palliative care means What he meant by hierarchy of needs On giving people a choice to make life decisions The value healthcare systems currently offer The difference between “being alive” and “living a life” What palliative care in the healthcare system looks like Why people are not being referred to palliative care When is the right time to get palliative care The rights of the family caregiver from a legal standpoint On his book "Palliative Care and Symptom Management” Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Tim’s TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/timothy_ihrig_what_we_can_do_to_die_well?language=en Tim’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ihrigmd/ Tim’s Twitter: @ihrigmd Tim’s Email: Tim@ihrigmd.com Tim’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ihrigMD/ Tim’s Book Contribution: The Art Of Healthcare Innovation by Christina Warner, Essayist Tim Ihrig Did You Know Segment: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/palliative-care


7 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Episode 12: Fall Prevention In Senior Years - Exercise Now

Did you know that according to aging.com, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall? More than 300, 000 people are hospitalised each year from broken hips and 95% of these fractures are the result of a fall. The average cost of treating a fall is $30,000. There are many factors that contribute to falls including impaired vision, poor lighting, slippery floors, uneven surfaces, etc. but research shows that physical strength and posture are among the leading causes. Today we have Eric Daw, a personal trainer who works with seniors to help them become more active and help them improve their functional movement. He also works with seniors either individually or in group settings at various locations including Michael Garron Hospital, The Badminton and Racquet Club, Revera Senior Living, and many more. Eric is a functional movement specialist as well as an older adult specialist.  Topics: His approach to working with seniors who are concerned about falling How he motivates people in their 40s or 50s to be more active His suggestion to people who can only spend a limited time in the gym Different types of exercises that can help one become active in the later years of their lives Tips on how to motivate older people to be more active How he measures weight loss goals When is it considered too late to start exercising His thoughts on age-centric classes versus multi-generational classes One tip he would give to people in their 30s to 60s who want to avoid falls The one thing he learned from working with seniors Quote: “We’re always a perfect age to do anything.” Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Eric's Email: info@omni-fitt.com Eric’s Website: www.Omni-Fitt.com Eric’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeMakeLifeEasier Eric’s Instagram: OmniFitt - https://www.instagram.com/omnifitt/?hl=en Did You Know Segment: https://www.aging.com/falls-fact-sheet/


31 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 11: Aging and Memory Loss

Did you know that according to a stats Canada report from 2016, as of 2011, there are 340, 000 Canadians who are living with dementia? Close to 50% of the time, the primary or informal caregiver for these people with dementia was a spouse. It affects their marriage, their family, the finances, and their lives in general. We are so pleased that today we have with us Angela Gentile. She is a social worker working in the clinical side of things. She has 25 years of experience under her belt. Angela has also written various books as well as various other pieces on multiple platforms. She also manages and co-administers Facebook groups. Topics: On writing a book about somebody with dementia from the perspective of the spouse What she found out while working with women who are caring for their husbands Some of the symptoms of dementia How to look after people with dementia Caregiver risks How family and society as a whole should take care of the caregivers How early diagnosis can help in the long run What people/society should be doing more/differently Quotes: "We have to really go with where the person is at." "Trying to minimize the arguing is the key I believe." "There's lots of different layers that can happen to caregivers. Lots of different layers of feelings." Links: Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors Angela’s Website: www.AngelaGGentile.com Blog Articles - https://angelaggentile.com/blog/ Dementia Caregiver Solutions App - https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/id969874075 Facebook Group (Dementia Caregiver Solution Support Group) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/DCSSupportGroup/ Angela’s LinkedIn: www.Linkedin.com/in/AngelaGGentile/ Angela’s Twitter: @AngelaGGentile Angela’s Instagram: AngelaGGentile Angela’s Email: CareToAge@Gmail.com Angela’s Books Caring for a Husband with Dementia: The Ultimate Survival Guide by Angela G Gentile Other Books: https://amzn.to/38pXWc7 Did You Know Segment: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in Canada


24 Jan 2020

Rank #20