On the Radio This Week: Patricia Grace and Aging with Grace

I am going to be on the radio again this Monday – this time with Patrica Grace, co-founder of Aging with Grace .

The main goal of the Aging with Grace BlogTalkRadio show is to educate families on eldercare issues. As a social radio network, the audience has the ability to connect quickly and directly with the program’s host,Patricia Grace. Ms. Grace, a leader in the field of eldercare issues is elated to be bringing her passion for the elderly to this forum.

Each week the show focuses on a specific eldercare subject matter. With her vast knowledge base and many years of elder care experience, Ms Grace is known for delivering a program that is filled with anecdotal experience, humor and practical tips ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefits.

Here are the coordinates for the show.  Hope to hear you all there!

Monday, March 2, 2009
3:30PM PST

Emphysema. What’s That?

For the next few videos in our series in partnership with CareFlash, we look at common respiratory issues common in seniors.

Emphysema Background

During normal respiration, air travels through the nose, down the trachea, and into smaller and smaller airways called bronchi. The bronchi divide into bronchioles and finally into tiny grape-like clusters of thin, fragile sacs called alveoli. In alveoli, oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in the blood.

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Regency Park Speaking Engagement

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Regency Park Oak Knoll community in Pasadena last Friday.  There was a good-sized crowd representing a mix of family, industry people and potential residents.  The speech was entitled “Assisted Living Saved My Mom” and last about 45 minutes, covering some of the tips and tricks I cover in the book.

Two conversations I had with attendees stuck out.  I had a wonderful chat with Alfonso who is the activities director for the community.  Terri Glimcher,  our resident activities expert, would have been proud.  Alfonso’s done a great job of mixing cognitive and physical activities into an event calendar that really had the residents participating.  How do I know?  Well, the basically threw me out of the common room so they could start their 6pm activity!

The other conversation that struck me was with a 95-year old resident.  She shared with me how she was the primary caregiver for her husband for over 6 years.  She said to me (and I summarize) “I could go soon or even tomorrow, but I will never regret taking care of my husband.  There are many people who helped me and I cannot forget them.”

It was clear to me that my discussion on building a personal network is a “must-include” for the next speech.

Thanks for Nestor and Gladys for a great event!  You’ve got a wonderful team.

Your Eyes and Ears: Connect for Healthcare

Here’s a problem that many of us face — obtaining wellness updates about your loved one without troubling the staff or being intrusive to your loved.  And the problem is compounded if you are the primary caregiver and have friends and family living out of the area.

How do you minimize the phone calls, get more usable detail from wellness updates and enable the staff members to focus on providing quality care for your loved one?  How do you gain the peace of mind in learning your loved one’s condition without sounding like a nag?

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What’s That? Parkinson’s Disease

The brain is composed of gray and white matter containing millions of nerve cells. These nerve cells, or neurons, communicate through the release of chemicals called neurotransmitters.  Once a neuron is stimulated, a neurotransmitter is released from the neuron and it crosses a gap called a synapse; it then binds to a receptor on another neuron, thus passing on a signal.

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What to Look for in Staff Training Part 4: Consumer Questions


  1. How does the staff interact with the residents?   Is there an overall climate of respect?
  2. Does the staff look content?   Are they rushed or irritated?
  3. Do they address the residents by their names?   Calling an elder “honey” or “sweetie” is not acceptable, unless that is the resident’s preferred nickname.
  4. How much training has the staff received?   Ask to see the training logs.  Do they have some measure of competency showing that not only did staff attend a training session, they actually understood the material?   Pressure ulcer prevention, elder abuse education and dementia care are essentials that all staff should master.
  5. How is training delivered?  Is it lecture or computer-based “PowerPoint”?  Is there a hands-on or a multimedia computer program that brings life to the training sessions?
  6. What is the staff turnover rate in the facility?   Is it more than 30% per year?  More than 50%?  How does this compare to other facilities in the region?
  7. Is there potential for good employees to move up the ladder?  How does good work get rewarded?

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