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Torchlight’s Eldercare Illuminated empowers family caregivers as they overcome obstacles and navigate the complexities of caring for an ill or aging loved one. Tune in for conversations with top eldercare experts, practitioners, or experienced caregivers who can provide practical advice and hands-on tips designed to help you simplify your life while meeting your loved one’s needs. Want full access to Torchlight’s online caregiving platform, including personalized action plans, eGuides, and t ...
 
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Elevate Eldercare

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Elevate Eldercare

The Green House Project

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Nursing homes rarely garner positive attention, particularly from the media, and especially since the onset of COVID-19. Join Susan Ryan, senior director of The Green House Project, each Wednesday for enlightening, provocative, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations with thought leaders who offer diverse perspectives aimed at elevating eldercare. Susan and her guests explore the opportunities and challenges to actualizing a vision for dignified eldercare through the lens of the Green Hous ...
 
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Eldercare Success

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Eldercare Success

Nancy May, CareManity, LLC

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Join us in Doing it Best with Eldercare Success where we explore ways to relieve the stress, exhaustion and overwhelm that we all face in caring for an aging parent, frail spouse, or partner. Fear, frustration, emotional and financial strain do not have to be your MO! In this show we dive into unraveling the tricks, traps and gotchas that create more questions than answers while caring for those we love. Join Nancy May, and her guests as she helps relieve the pressures and delivers solid way ...
 
"Awakening" boldly investigates the steps that heroic people everywhere are taking to meet the effects of the current economic and social crisis in daily life. These dynamic role models are feeding the homeless, retrieving parents from nursing homes, growing their own food, creating community, radically forgiving, and discovering the miraculous. The Western American author Louis Lamour has said that "There will come a time when you think that everything is ending. But that will be the beginn ...
 
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In this episode, host Lenore Tracey and award-winning documentary producer Paula Sellars consider a question that caregivers don’t usually think about — What if I’m not willing, able, or happy to be a caregiver? And it’s obvious companion thought — But I have to do this anyway! Caregiving is an act of love, devotion, duty, and responsibility. We ma…
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com Guest: Doug Levy, Author, Public Emergency Communications Expert…
 
This past summer, the American Bar Association overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging Congress to make private rooms and bathrooms, along with other small-home touches, a prerequisite for nursing homes to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. To learn more about this attempt to overhaul the landscape by radically changing the financial incentiv…
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com. Guest: Ron Clifford, master photographic storyteller. What’s th…
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com. Guest: Kelly O’Donnell, J.D., Associate, Pullman & Comley, LLC …
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com. Guest: Joan Sotkin Founder & CEO of Prosperity Place, Inc. Pros…
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com Guest: Colonel Brian Searcy (Ret) USAF, CEO, the Paratus Group H…
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to to www.howtosurvive911.com Guest: Alexandra (Sasha) Chalif MS. MP, Innovator in Medical …
 
Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After! Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to to www.howtosurvive911.com Guest: Kimberly Adcox Noyse, founder and former of three pers…
 
Research gives you a solid foundation on which you can build your ideas and opinions and in this episode of “Let Me Say This About That” we explore the work from two leading researchers in the aging sector. University of Chicago researcher R. Tamara Konetzka, who was behind some of the earliest research into COVID-19 and nursing homes, which often …
 
University of Chicago researcher R. Tamara Konetzka was behind some of the earliest research into COVID-19 and nursing homes, which often generated provocative and unexpected results: While media coverage focused on individual outbreaks and historic lapses in infection control, Konetzka’s work suggested that past quality didn’t have much of an impa…
 
Evidence-based practices form the bedrock of quality health care services, but as we continue to seek real reforms in long-term care, Sheryl Zimmerman believes researchers need to flip the script – and also embrace practice-based evidence. Instead of waiting years to see which new theories and ideas may eventually pan out into best practices, Zimme…
 
Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines brought a long-overdue end to a blanket federal ban on nursing home visitations this past March, but the surging delta variant has brought back the isolation and uncertainty of 2020 to nursing homes and other communal care facilities across the country. This week, Susan Ryan and Alex Spanko sit down with a pair …
 
Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines brought a long-overdue end to a blanket federal ban on nursing home visitations this past March, but the surging delta variant has brought back the isolation and uncertainty of 2020 to nursing homes and other communal care facilities across the country. This week, Susan Ryan and Alex Spanko sit down with a pair …
 
As president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Bill Dombi is a prominent supporter of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 – a piece of federal legislation that would expand Medicare coverage of in-home health care services. In this episode Marla takes a closer look at what is included in the Choose Home bill – what does it mean fo…
 
As the CEO of National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Bill Dombi is a prominent supporter of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 – a piece of federal legislation that would expand Medicare coverage of in-home health care services. Addressing the relative lack of home care alternatives to nursing facilities has become a rallying cry for lawmake…
 
In this episode of “Let Me Say This About That” Marla and Mary explore the conversation that took place between Susan Ryan and Shawn Bloom, the CEO of the National PACE Association (NPA) in Episode 109 of Elevate Eldercare. PACE, or the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly is community-based and provides a comprehensive set of services de…
 
COVID-19 continues to spur loud calls for expanded home- and community-based services for elders, which are too often lacking in many parts of the country. But there’s an already powerful blueprint that organizations have followed, gradually but steadily, for decades: PACE, or Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Across the United States…
 
With the delta variant surging among the unvaccinated and the looming specter of increased restrictions even for those who’ve gotten their jabs, the cycles of uncertainty that defined most of 2020 are currently making an unwelcome comeback. In Episode 107, Susan Ryan welcomes Tammy Marshall and Alex Spanko back on the podcast to talk about strategi…
 
With the delta variant surging among the unvaccinated and the looming specter of increased restrictions even for those who’ve gotten their jabs, the cycles of uncertainty that defined most of 2020 are currently making an unwelcome comeback. But for people who live and work in communal settings for elders, the stakes are much higher than the return …
 
Larry Polivka spent more than a decade as executive director of the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University before his retirement this past May. In episode 105, Susan Ryan and Alex Spanko explore both leaders’ powerful legacies in the fight to revolutionize eldercare in America. In this edition “Let Me Say This About That”, Marla and Mary …
 
Larry Polivka spent more than a decade as executive director of the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University before his retirement this past May. In this episode, Susan Ryan and Alex Spanko explore both leaders’ powerful legacies in the fight to revolutionize eldercare in America. Pepper’s life took him from extreme poverty in Alabama to a …
 
Stephen Gordon has dedicated his career to improving eldercare services and supports, and during his time as a geriatrician and educator, he observed a trend among his fellow travelers: People tend to fall in love with a specific reform idea or organization, and then have trouble seeing the potential for connections and overlap with other novel mod…
 
Stephen Gordon has dedicated his career to improving eldercare services and supports, and during his time as a geriatrician and educator, he observed a trend among his fellow travelers: People tend to fall in love with a specific reform idea or organization, and then have trouble seeing the potential for connections and overlap with other novel mod…
 
Jennifer Sodo and Max Winters share a core belief about architecture: It’s not just supposed to look nice, but actually improve people’s lives. The senior associates at architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman joined Susan Ryan on “Elevate Eldercare” in Episode 101, to discuss how the built and natural environments are essential to creating inc…
 
Jennifer Sodo and Max Winters share a core belief about architecture: It’s not just supposed to look nice, but actually improve people’s lives. The senior associates at architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman join “Elevate Eldercare” to discuss how the built and natural environments are essential to creating inclusive, empowering communities f…
 
“Elevate Eldercare” hits a major milestone this week with 100 episodes. One of the underlying themes throughout those programs is the prevalence of ageism that permeates society. OR as Ashton Applewhite explains, “Ageism is a prejudice against our future selves.” In this edition of “Let Me Say This About That”, Marla and Mary explore ageism through…
 
“Elevate Eldercare” hits a major milestone this week with 100 episodes, so Susan Ryan sat down with the newest member of the Green House Project team to discuss the biggest ideas from the podcast’s first year – and how they can be applied to the ongoing discussion around eldercare reform in America. Alex Spanko recently joined GHP as director of co…
 
For Mindy Cheek, senior vice president at Greystone, diversity isn’t a corporate policy or a buzzword; it’s an integral part of daily life, and for those who have been victims of discrimination and hate, treating the need for diversity and inclusion as anything less misses the wider point about representation and dignity. Susan Ryan sat down with M…
 
For Mindy Cheek, senior vice president at Greystone, diversity isn’t a corporate policy or a buzzword; it’s an integral part of daily life, and for those who have been victims of discrimination and hate, treating the need for diversity and inclusion as anything less misses the wider point about representation and dignity. In this interview with Sus…
 
Have you ever thought of segregation as a form of restraint for an elder living with dementia? In this episode of “Let Me Say This About That” we explore that view of memory care and many other interesting perspectives on aging shared by Pat Sprigg. Sprigg is the president and CEO of Carol Woods, a retirement community in North Carolina without loc…
 
Pat Sprigg set off on her journey to change eldercare after observing firsthand the horrors of the “best practices” – powerful antipsychotic drugs and physical restraints – that were commonplace in the dementia treatment programs of the 1970s and 1980s. But even as many facilities moved away from such dangerous and dehumanizing strategies, Sprigg c…
 
Jennie Chin Hansen’s career in aging services has taken her from a community operation in San Francisco’s Chinatown to the presidency of AARP, all underpinned by a desire to view aging through a more holistic lens than the often one-size-fits-all institutional model. Hansen’s work as CEO of On Lok, an organization formed to care for Chinese America…
 
In the mid-1980s, Jennie Chin Hansen decided to move her ailing parents from Boston to her home in San Francisco so that they could live out their remaining years surrounded by family – and not in an institutional nursing home. Hansen’s care journey for her father, who had suffered several strokes, was a continuation of the work she’d already done …
 
Susan Ryan sat down with Gail Kohn, coordinator of Age-Friendly DC – an ambitious and comprehensive program that seeks to make our nation’s capital a more accessible and joyful place for seniors to live, from aging in place supports to community services to opportunities for forging intergenerational connections. We’ve all heard the phrase “it take…
 
Susan Ryan sits down with Gail Kohn, coordinator of Age-Friendly D.C., an initiative undertaken at the direction of the Mayor of Washington, D.C., as part of the broader World Health Organization-structured journey to help cities like D.C. become an easier city in which to grow older. Previously, Kohn was the founding executive director for Capitol…
 
Susan Ryan sat down with Roger Myers, president and CEO of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM). In this recap, Marla and Mary discuss how Roger became an early adopter of the Green House model, opening two homes in Redford, Mich. Mary discusses why Myers was so amazed during the ceremony that was conducted when they turned the house over to the…
 
Susan Ryan sits down with Roger Myers, president and CEO of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, (PVM), headquartered in Southfield, Mich. He talks about bringing the first Green House homes to Michigan as the second organization in the nation to embrace the innovative model. Myers talks about how the decision was made, balancing risk with pursuit of…
 
Today we explore Serenbe, located in the hill country of South Fulton County, Georgia. It has been called a wellness sanctuary, an environmental prototype, an agrihood, even a utopia. In Episode 87, Susan Ryan talked with Steve Nygren, founder, and CEO of Serenbe, a community created as a model to demonstrate that preserving 70 percent of green spa…
 
Susan Ryan sits down with Steve Nygren, founder and CEO of Serenbe, an award-winning biophilic community that connects people to nature and each other. Located in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., each of Serenbe’s hamlets has a complementary commercial center focused on the elements of a well-lived life: arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, …
 
Today we explore episode 85, where Susan Ryan sat down with Joel Anderson, president & CEO of LifeStar Living, a senior living development services, management, and advisory company located in Sarasota, Fla. Anderson has spent his 26-year executive career in directing both non-profit and for-profit senior living organizations. In this recap, Marla …
 
Susan Ryan sits down with her good friend, Joel Anderson, president & CEO of LifeStar Living, a senior living development services, management, and advisory company located in Sarasota, Fla. Anderson has spent his 26-year executive career in directing both non-profit and for-profit senior living organizations. In this episode, he discusses the back…
 
This week on “Let Me Say This About That,” Marla DeVries and Mary Hopfner-Thomas recap episode 83, which features a conversation between Susan Ryan and Tammy Marshall, founder and CEO of Biophilia Pharma, a company that explores the healing power between nature and humans, as well as the benefits of non-pharmacological approaches to wellbeing. DeVr…
 
Susan Ryan welcomes back Tammy Marshall, founder and CEO of Biophilia Pharma. Marshall’s journey to wellness, as well as to establishing Biophilia Pharma, exemplifies her passion around exploring the healing connection between nature and humans. In her first episode with Ryan, Marshall described a unique approach to addressing COVID cases and contr…
 
On his LinkedIn profile, Michael Wasserman, MD, describes himself as a “Grampa, Father, Husband, Ironman, and Geriatrician.” He is also someone with strong opinions about COVID and nursing homes. In our recap of the Episode 81, in which Susan Ryan sits down with Dr. Wasserman, we take a deeper dive into the “Quadruple Aim” and the four areas it cov…
 
Susan Ryan sits down with Michael Wasserman, MD, a geriatrician who has devoted his career to serving the needs of older adults. He is the editor in chief of an upcoming textbook, Geriatric Medicine: A Person-Centered Evidence-Based Approach, and he was previously CEO of Rockport Healthcare Services. In this role, he oversaw the largest nursing hom…
 
Steve Nash, president and CEO of Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, is the focus of this episode of “Let Me Say This About That” with Mary and Marla. They examine Susan Ryan’s conversation with Steve to discuss his work with the foundation, his perspective on the challenges of COVID, and what he envisions for the future of long-term care. Nash is a …
 
Susan Ryan sits down with Steve Nash, president and CEO of the Stoddard Baptist Home, which has a legacy of caring for elders in the Washington, D.C., metro area since 1902. Nash has held leadership roles in a number of long-term care organizations, including as president of the District of Columbia Health Care Association, chair of D.C.’s Board of…
 
In this recap of episode 77, Susan Ryan sat down with Larry Minnix, a consultant and author, and perhaps most known for his previous role as CEO of LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit long-term and post-acute care providers. When he retired in 2015, LeadingAge named its Leadership Academy after him. In this episode of “Let Me Say This A…
 
In this week’s episode, Susan Ryan sits down with Larry Minnix, a consultant and author, and perhaps most known for his previous role as CEO of LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit long-term and post-acute care providers. When he retired in 2015, LeadingAge named its Leadership Academy after him. Minnix has been recognized as a “Top 50 L…
 
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