Navigating Choices and Challenges in the Later Years

In this thought-provoking episode, we delve into the complex challenges and choices facing older adults in their later years. From navigating the financial burdens of senior living to preserving identity in the face of dementia, we explore the multifaceted issues that impact the quality of life for seniors. We also shed light on the silent epidemic of elder abuse and the urgent need for reform in the caregiving industry. Through personal stories, expert insights, and calls to action, this episode aims to inspire listeners to become agents of change in creating a society where every senior can age with dignity, purpose, and joy. 👉 See our Website:🎙 Boomer Living Podcast:👉 LinkedIn:

Amy LaGrant – Empowering the Golden Generations

Dive into “Empowering the Golden Generations,” a transformative event with gerontology experts Hanh Brown and Amy LaGrant. This podcast reimagines aging, turning every wrinkle and silver hair into symbols of wisdom and experience. In this engaging hour, Hanh Brown and Amy LaGrant: – Challenge aging myths, revealing empowering truths.– Discuss marketing that honors the senior demographic’s dignity and vitality.– Share keys to effective gerontology team-building.– Explore digital advancements in Alzheimer’s awareness.– Provide insights into the future of senior living, from tech innovations to holistic care.– Offer practical support strategies for caregivers. This episode packs decades of knowledge into insightful, actionable takeaways. It’s not just a discussion; it’s a revelation about aging, senior advocacy, and the essence of life’s later chapters. Follow Amy on LinkedIn: 👉 See our Website:🎙 Boomer Living Podcast:👉 LinkedIn:

Convergence of AI, Data Science, and Big Data in Senior Care

Akmal Chaudhri, Esq. is a seasoned Subject Matter Expert (SME) in database technology with a career since 1988 that spans roles like developer, consultant, and technical trainer. His extensive expertise includes Big Data, Data Science, and NoSQL. Chaudhri holds advanced degrees in Computing and Information Systems and Computer Science with a specialization in Database Performance Benchmarking. He’s internationally recognized, presenting at various conferences, serving on program committees, and advising on Big Data Analytics. Chaudhri has edited/co-edited ten books and maintains an active online presence, sharing insights on technologies like OpenAI and SingleStoreDB. His comprehensive skills, backed by an impressive academic foundation and practical experience, positions him as a leader in database technology. Topics Covered: 🛤️ The journey in the database technology field since 1988. 🌱 The evolution of Big Data and Data Science fields. 🔄 Significant changes in the database technology landscape. ⏰ Pivotal moments and their influence on career path. 🔁 Comparative experiences with NoSQL and traditional database technologies. 📚 Challenges of editing a book in the technology field. 🌐 Experiences and lessons from serving on the 2015 Expert Advisory Panel guiding Malaysia’s Big Data Analytics journey. 🔄 Strategies for staying up-to-date in the rapidly changing field of database technology. 🔮 Anticipated future trends in Big Data and Data Science. 🤖 The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Senior Care. 🧩 Predictive Modeling and Pattern Recognition in Data Science for Senior Care. 📈 Utilizing Big Data for Enhancing Senior Care. 🎓 Advice for newcomers to the field of database technology and Big Data. #Data #BigData #ai #seniorcare #seniorliving #healthcare 👉 Live Event Playlist: 👉 Dementia Playlist: 👉 Senior Health Care Playlist: 👉 Branding and Scaling Your Business with inOneApp: 👉 Subscribe: 👉 See our Website: 🎙 Boomer Living Podcast: 👉 LinkedIn 👉 Email We love getting your letters. Send it here: Hanh Brown PO Box 871843 Canton MI 48187

Christina Drumm-Boyd and Amy LaGrant – Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

When facing Dementia, it’s hard to know what to do. If you have been touched by dementia, or are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, our personal journey with our parents may give you some guidance. This episode features Christina Drumm-Boyd, Owner and President of Care Connect of Hampton Roads, and Amy LaGrant, Gerontologist, Co-Founder BrandMETTLE, Ambassador Aging2.0, Walk2ENDALZ Committee Chair. These two leaders are passionate and dedicated to advising caregivers and families going through dementia. We cover topics like seeking services that can walk you through the difficult journey, dealing with grief, communication strategies as memory fails, legal issues that may arise such as guardianship and end-of-life decisions. Bios: Christina Drumm-Boyd Owner and President of Care Connect of Hampton Roads, Inc. Specialties: Have over 20 years of Healthcare Sales, Marketing, and Geriatric Care Management experience focusing in the Senior housing industry, property census development, and turnaround strategies for focus properties. Christina is also a licensed insurance agent in life, health and annuity products for the state of Virginia. She holds designation as a Certified Senior Advisor and is an Accredited Agent with the U.S. Veterans Administration, licensed to represent claims before the Office of General Council. ———————- Amy LaGrant Gerontologist, Co-Founder BrandMETTLE, Ambassador Aging2.0, Walk2ENDALZ Committee Chair Amy is a leading gerontology professional with over 15 years of experience marketing to baby boomers, seniors, and family caregivers. Amy has held leadership roles in some of the industry’s leading advertising agencies. Most recently, Amy was SVP, Brand Strategy for Bluespire Senior Living formerly Martino & Binzer.Prior to Bluespire, Amy led all marketing efforts for Virtual Health, a telehealth and family caregiver integration company. Before that Amy led strategy at multiple mature marketing and consulting agencies such as Continuum Crew, JWT Boom, and Age Wave. Specialties: Client Management, Strategic Planning, Baby Boomer Marketplace, and high-regulated products

Richard Lui – How and Why Living Selflessly Can Bring Joy Despite Difficulty

Do you want to make a difference in the world? In this episode, I share my conversation with Richard Lui. He explains how living selflessly can change your own life for the better too! Ordinary heroes can make small, practical choices and stop this selfish pandemic. Here are some tips on how and why living selflessly can bring joy despite the difficulty.  Living selflessly is not easy, but it can be rewarding. It’s about giving up what we think we deserve and instead focusing on what others need. We all have something to offer that could bring joy into someone else’s life. Living selflessly will help you find happiness in difficult times because it’s not about what you get out of it but what you give to others that counts. You’ll be surprised at how much more fulfilling your life becomes when you start giving back without expecting anything in return. So go ahead, do something nice for someone today! Timestamps:[00:00] Pre-Intro dialogue between Richard and Hanh[03:10] Introduction to Richard Lui[04:02] Tell us a little bit about how you became a caregiver and how that experience changed the trajectory of your career in life?[06:35] How did you decide to walk away from a dream job to help care for your father with Alzheimer’s?[10:32] You mentioned a little bit about the COVID impact. Now, what other effect has COVID had on your relationship with your parents?[13:26] You’ve written a book called “Enough About Me”. Now you detail, what you call is a selfishness pandemic. Can you explain what that means?[17:20] Your book talks about selflessness, as being like a muscle that needs to be trained? What do you mean by that? And how can we train ourselves to be more selfless people?[21:31] Growing up who, in your life was the model for selflessness?[28:33] What could someone who grew up in a very selfish environment do to change their attitudes?[35:06] What you describe is how selflessness and gratefulness are intertwined. Is that right?[37:50] How is this that you find rewarding to take your journey and helping others?[40:11] Where can the listeners find your book?[40:48] Do you have anything else that you would like to share?[40:59] Wrap-up Bio:Richard LuiVeteran journalist Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, film, technology, and business. Currently, at MSNBC and previously with CNN Worldwide, he is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. In addition to journalism, Richard’s 15-year business career involves a fintech patent and launching six tech brands over three business cycles. He has lived, worked, and volunteered on every continent. Richard is a Celebrity Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Caregiving Champion for AARP, and Caregiving Ambassador for BrightFocus Foundation. His first book, “Enough About Me”: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness, releases in March 2021. You can find Richard on these social media platforms:Skype: richkluiWebsite: You can find Richard’s book “Enought About Me” on Amazon:

William Pettit – The Merrill Gardens Experience of Senior Living, 5 Must-haves of Senior Living, Middle Income Affordable Housing, Technology Usability for Seniors

Middle-income seniors have too many financial assets to qualify for Medicaid and not always enough to cover housing and support needs as their health and functional abilities change. If you’re a middle-income senior who wants or needs more help, but can’t afford it, where do you turn? Merrill Gardens offers senior living communities for the middle class with an option for those in need of some extra assistance while maintaining independence.  Whether they need some extra assistance with daily activities or want to enjoy all the perks of an active lifestyle, the residents have the freedom and flexibility to pursue their interests while staying in one place. The community offers five pillars of support—healthcare services, wellness programs, dining options, social events, and resident services—to ensure your loved ones will always have what they need when they need it.  —————— Timestamps: [00:00]Pre-Intro dialogue from William Pettit [01:35]Introductions [02:59]You had 18 years in banking before joining RD Merrill Company. What prompted you to make this career switch? [05:36]The company believes that the ability to help seniors live their own lives and make their own decisions is the key to happier and fuller lives. Can you explain what you mean by that? [07:11]How do you think the senior housing industry will change post-pandemic? [09:35]Do you think these changes will help evolve to the next generation of senior living? [10:36]From an operational side, you’re talking about wellness, longevity, just activities offering some vibrancy and perhaps lends itself for them to have a purpose? [21:00]The next generation of seniors will have more options for middle-income seniors available to them, than generations in the past have. What do you think these middle-income options will look like and what services may be available? [29:58]Do you think someday these senior living alternatives may become the norm? [30:26]Do you think it’s a better alternative to aging in place? Why or why not? [39:01]You rolled out Google Nest Hub, Max Devices, to many of your buildings. The residents now have plug-and-play experience when it comes to contacting their friends and loved ones. Can you give us a brief explanation of what this product is and what were you trying to solve? [44:42]During 2020 in the thick of the pandemic PGIM Real Estate provided a loan of 460 million as part of Merrill Gardens’ portfolio acquisition. This speaks volumes about the strength of the relationship and the collaboration required by all parties to navigate this, turbulent, pandemic market climate. What lessons can you share about your successful closing? In terms of quality of the portfolio, location, and mostly the people? [47:16]Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share?—————— Bio:William (Bill) Pettit is the president and chief operating officer of the R. D. Merrill Company with responsibility for Merrill Gardens and sister company Pillar Properties. Merrill Gardens is one of the most respected assisted living operators in the country with 70 communities in 20 states. Pillar Properties is an award-winning developer, owner, and operator of multi-family housing with 1,700 units in operation and the developer for all Merrill Gardens new communities. Pettit joined the R.D. Merrill Company in 1992 after 18 years in the banking industry and he was instrumental in the formation of the companies. He directed the rapid growth and timely execution of acquisitions and developed the policies that speak to the Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties’ commitment to quality. Learn more about William Pettit here:

Andrew Carle – Seniors Are Not Ready to Stop Learning

Many Retirees are looking for a new lifestyle in retirement. They want to be active, intellectually stimulated, and intergenerational. Retirees are flocking to college towns because of the opportunities that abound there. Colleges offer more than just classes; they also provide great social events and intellectual stimulation. The best retirement communities have strong ties with nearby colleges or universities. They’ve created opportunities for residents featuring intergenerational programs designed specifically for those over 50 years. Seniors can enjoy learning alongside students who are still pursuing education as well as young professionals who may be starting their careers early after graduating college. Today, Join me in conversation is Andrew Carle. He is Adjunct Lecturer at Georgetown University Aging & Health Program  – He will share his work on University-Based Retirement Communities.——————– Timestamps: [00:00] Introduction to the podcast[00:41] Introduction to Andrew Carl[01:49] Share with us a little bit about yourself?[02:59] What do you think of this trend among super seniors returning to college campuses? And what is life like in a retirement community located on a college campus?[04:43] What are some of the key benefits retirees reap from living on campus?[05:45] Do you see any cons of retiring in a community retirement community on campus?[07:22] Where are the best college retirement communities for active seniors who want to stay social and engage?[08:53] Does the proximity of these retirement communities to campus help higher rates for enrollment numbers and retention rates?[10:05] Do students ever experience a culture shock when they get into their final year of education and start living around many retired people that aren’t as young as them?[12:57] How do you think, I guess, how has this world of higher education changed since you and I were a student? And how would you say it changed the lives of the baby boomers?[14:27] What are the financial appeals for retirees to move to a college town?[15:16] Do you think baby boomers find it easier to fit in a collegiate culture?[16:46] Would you consider living in a university retirement community yourself?[17:24] Do you think being in a college-based retirement community can help reverse aging?[22:41] What criteria should potential retirees look at when choosing a community to retire in, let’s say college-based?[27:48] What would make you believe that university retirement communities may be able to reverse aging?[29:34] How does university life compare with community life when it comes to lifestyle for elders? Let’s say back at home?[35:17] Is there anything else that you would like to add?——————– Bio: Andrew Carle is a recognized leader in the Senior Living Industry. He currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member and Lead Instructor for courses within the Senior Living Administration Concentration at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. The Concentration offers the only graduate curricula in the nation dedicated exclusively to the rapidly growing senior living field. Prior to Georgetown, Mr. Carle served as an award-winning professor and Founding Director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Learn more about Andrew Carle:LinkedInProgram in Senior HousingCarle Consulting, LLCWikipedia – “Nana” TechnologyTwitter

Allison Boulware – Bridging the Generational Gap in Senior Living

The generation gap is real. And it poses challenges for leaders in the workplace, especially when working with different age groups of employees who have very different perspectives on how to approach their careers and responsibilities at work. This is particularly true for senior living communities. Bridging the generational gap in senior living is necessary for society to thrive. Often, generations feel segregated by age and miss out on precious opportunities that come with being connected across different eras of life experiences. We need connections between our elders as well as young adults because they are both integral parts who contribute greatly towards shaping America into what it will be tomorrow. We believe in the power of relationships, and we know that when people from different generations come together, they can create something truly special. Join me in conversation today is Allison Boulware.——————– Bio: SVP and Chief Wellness Officer at Bridge Senior Living; Allison Boulware is a Clinical Strategist with a fierce passion to change the dialogue in senior living. An innovative thinker is eager to solve complex challenges, execute plans and implement technology to transform healthcare. Engagement-focused leader working to set a culture of kindness, innovation, and collaboration. Find Allison on LinkedIn:

Stephanie Zeverino – Debunk the Myth of Senior Living

Most of us have our own ideas about what senior living communities are like. Some believe that senior living community is interchangeable with the term nursing home but they are in fact two very different options for seniors. While many leading senior living communities do provide higher-level healthcare services and assistance found in traditional nursing homes, they offer seniors so much more than simply age-related support. The truth is that many people choose to live in an independent lifestyle setting because they want more out of life. Independent senior living offers more freedom and independence while still providing access to on-site health care providers as needed. Senior Living communities today focus greatly on helping seniors maintain their quality of life by offering amenities such as fitness centers, pools, spas, dining options and so much more! These benefits allow seniors to enjoy active lifestyles without having to worry about household chores or maintenance issues at home – giving them the ability to spend time doing things they love Join me in conversation today is Stephanie Zeverino.——————– Bio: Stephanie Zeverino – As Director of Business Development for their newest location, Stephanie has had to become well-versed in every aspect of senior living marketing. From independent living to assisted care to Memory Care and Circle of Friends program for MCI residents, she’s done it all! Find Stephanie on LinkedIn:

Medicare Advantage, Home Care & Senior Living Resources with Doug Robertson and Kerin Zuger

The inclusion of Home Care services in Medicare Advantage plans has doubled from ’21 to ’22. This means that more seniors are receiving care at home, which is a positive trend for senior living communities and In-Home Care providers. Join me in a LIVE conversation with Doug Robertson, Kerin Zuger, Right at Home. A decentralized care model provides patients with the right care, at the right time, and in the right place. It’s a patient-centered approach to health and wellness that gives people access to high-quality services from trusted providers. It also helps providers better coordinate care across settings, making it more efficient, effective, and affordable while improving patient outcomes. This is the future of healthcare – decentralized, integrated, and patient-centered. Medicare Advantage Partnerships are a great way to diversify your revenue stream and increase profitability.——————– Bio: Doug Robertson, Government affairs professional providing regulatory compliance, licensing, and government reimbursement guidance in the senior care market. Learn more about Doug: Kerin Zuger, Experienced and passionate Healthcare Executive with a demonstrated history of developing scalable business models, innovative solutions, and strategic partnerships across multiple industries; with the goal of finding synergistic ways to expand value proposition and diversify revenue streams. Learn more about Kerin:

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