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Boomer Living - Senior Living, Baby Boomers, and Healthcare

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Conversations between caregivers, neurologists, gerontologists, geriatrician, operators, architectures, developers, baby boomers, and anyone that has the heart to serve the elders.
68 Episodes
This episode is a first for Boomer Living – Christine Thelker is an elder care advocate who has been living with dementia for six years. She is very open about her experience and why she chose to make it public. Christine opens up about the friendships and relationships she’s lost because of her transparency about her dementia diagnosis. She also shares some of the ways her dementia diagnosis has impacted her day-to-day life and capabilities.Christine's LinkedIn Profile:
Cliff Ewing and I talked about an important part of elder care that is often left out of the conversation – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC. During his seven years in the HVAC industry, he’s worked on projects in multifamily settings, healthcare settings, and emergency room settings. We talk about the impact COVID is having on his work and how it is making HVAC more important than ever for our immunocompromised aging population. Finally, we discuss the benefits of improved air quality and the unfortunate obstacles that prevent some long-term care facilities from implementing better HVAC practices.Cliff's LinkedIn Profile:
Robert Espinoza works to strengthen the direct care workforce; in his role at Phi, he is the vice president of policy, overseeing research and public education. We talk about how he got interested in aging and long-term care from his own experience of watching his parents age. He tells about who direct care workers are and the essentials they play in elder care facilities. Robert and I discuss the high turnover rates associated with direct care workers, and he provides some ways to mitigate this. We finish by speculating what the direct care workforce will look like 20 years into the future.Robert's Links:LinkedIn: Website:
Leon D. Caldwell, Ph.DLeon is a senior level solution focused strategist for social innovation. He is an accomplished leader in philanthropy, education, and social innovation. An award winning international scholar-activist, change agent and researcher with a track record of moving from vision to execution in multiple settings. An entrepreneurial mindset and professional counseling training are foundations for his ability to work collaboratively to design solutions within ecosystems.Dr. Caldwell has transformative leadership, thought partnership and consulting experiences across multiple sectors.Leon's Links:LinkedIn: FisherRegional Vice President, Pennrose, LLCJacob Fisher serves as Regional Vice President. In this role, he oversees all development activity in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Jacob brings more than 10 years of experience to Pennrose and has been instrumental in working with partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to bring development projects to fruition. Jacob has secured financing and led award-winning development teams on more than 1,100 units of new housing, with a total investment worth more than $300 million. Jacob joined Pennrose in 2007 as an Associate Developer. Prior to Pennrose, he worked on community development in the public sector as the Assistant Director for Policy for the Mayor of Philadelphia. Jacob received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and his Master of Government Administration, with a concentration in Public Finance, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.Jacobs LinkedIn: SENIOR HOUSING UPDATE Webinar
Timothy J. Reidy’s career of 40 years includes successfully completing projects for local, national and international builders and developers, including mid & high-rise multifamily senior living, condominium and apartment projects. With over 14 years of experience working for national senior living owners and operators, including Classic Residence by Hyatt (now Vi Living), Devonshire, Paradise Retirement and HRA.Mr. Reidy has directed the design and construction completion of projects across the United States (CA, NY, IL, FL, CO, TX, NJ & HI). He is a graduate of Arizona State University and enjoys golfing and occasionally finding his ball in the fairway.He lives in Jacksonville, FL and is married to Lauren, his wife of 25 years. They are extremely proud of their two remarkable and talented children Eleanor (24) and Mitchell (22).Topics:Market considerations for new Senior Living - Where to Build?Design for Multiple Care Levels (IL, AL, MC, SNF)Covid Design considerations for Future CommunitiesInterior Design and Fabric ChoicesSales: Getting Residents comfortable with the MoveYou can reach Timothy on LinkedIn at:
Lakelyn Hogan serves as Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate at the Global Headquarters of Home Instead®. Lakelyn began her career at the local franchise working one-on-one with seniors and CAREGivers. Today at the Global Headquarters, Lakelyn works to educate professionals in aging, families and communities on Home Instead’s services and how to navigate the unique challenges older adults face.Lakelyn is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska – Omaha where she is studying Social Gerontology. She has a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology and Master’s in Business Administration from UNO. Lakelyn has professional experience in the private and public sectors of senior care services. She also values giving back to her community. Currently, serving as a board member of the National Alliance for Caregiving, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dreamweaver Foundation and Vice Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Care Provider Roundtable.Lakelyn has a passion for helping others, especially aging adults and their families. Topics:Isolation and loneliness has been an issue for older adults far before we have ever social distancing and COVID-19. This time is giving us a heightened awareness of some of what older adults go through; but there is a difference between being isolated and being lonely.What are the risk factors that make an older adult more prone to being isolated and lonely?​Studies have found that loneliness can have considerable health implications, worse than that of obesity, alcoholism and even smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  What are some additional health implications of loneliness and isolation?What are some symptoms that family caregivers can look for if their loved one is feeling isolated and lonely?What are some things that people can do to help their loved ones feel less isolated and lonely right now?You can reach Lakelyn on LinkedIn at:
Judy Cornish is an author, founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network (DAWN®), creator of the DAWN Method® of dementia care, and a retired elder law attorney. Her two books (The Dementia Handbook and Dementia With Dignity) take person-centered dementia care from theory to practice by identifying the skills not lost to dementia. Through DAWN, Cornish provides online training programs for families and professional caregivers, as well as certification courses for agencies and facilities. Cornish’s life work has been making dignified dementia care and aging in place available for all.Topics:You’re an attorney; how did you become involved with dementia and dementia care?Why do you say that your work takes “person-centered care” from theory to practice?How can there be strengths in dementia?What is the DAWN Method?What’s the most important thing for families to know when a loved one begins to experience dementia?You can reach Judy on LinkedIn at: her website: the DAWN Method:
Dr. Aaron Blight, Ed.D., is the author of a new book, "When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative", which was just released last month. Dr. Blight is the Founder of Caregiving Kinetics, a consulting firm dedicated to those who care for the aging population. He’s also an Adjunct Professor at Shenandoah University. He has served as a family caregiver, home care company owner, caregiving scholar, and leader at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.BOOKLIFE REVIEW: Editor’s Pick: BookLife Reviews named When Caregiving Calls an editor’s pick. From BookLife Reviews: “This outstanding guide will be a lifesaver for anyone saddled with these immense responsibilities and seeking peace of mind…[C]aregivers for loved ones will benefit greatly from this empathetic and informative guide.”Topics:How did caregiving enter your life?Why did you write your new book, "When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative"?How does your book assist caregivers?What is one important piece of advice you’d give a family caregiver who’s listening?What do you do as a speaker and consultant with Caregiving Kinetics?Aaron's Links:LinkedIn: Kinetics: Match:
Marc Cayle is a 15-year veteran of the age in place industry that includes leading his multi-territory Comfort Keepers franchise to award-winning status, as well as launching ONKÖL, a remote monitoring hub that allows seniors’ circle of care to be informed of health challenges and daily living activities. His latest venture, Silver Maple Solutions, combines his past experience helping seniors with his passion for identifying the best technology solutions so they can stay in their homes with the dignity and grace they deserve. Marc can be reached at 414-331-0224 and marc@silvermaplesolutions.comTopics:How live-in-place technology has been deployed historicallyBenefits of live-in-place tech for the circle of careTrends in live-in-place techThe need for infrastructure to support live-in-place tech for those who need it most (rural population, etc)The need for VC/PE investment in new technologyMarc's Links:LinkedIn: Maple Solutions:
Dr. Matthew Lefferman is a pioneer in the field of geriatric mobile medical care. His unique care model has been providing quality mobile care for the geriatric community in greater Los Angeles for over a decade. Dr. Lefferman has an undergraduate degree from John Hopkins University, and received his medical degree as a D.O. from Midwestern University. From his experiences in residency, and close connections to his grandparents, he discovered his passion for working in the field of geriatrics, and his unique ability to connect with seniors. As a practicing physician he quickly realized the need for a new approach for this rapidly growing population, and their multiple chronic medical conditions such as chronic pain, ambulatory dysfunction and memory loss, which make traveling to a physician very cumbersome.As a respected physician in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Lefferman is a regular speaker for facilities, senior groups, and medical conferences on the range of geriatric topics. He also works with several healthcare technology companies as an advisor, helping them gain valuable insight on how they can best serve the geriatric population.Outside of medicine, Dr. Lefferman enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and labradoodle, Lucky. He is also active athletically, especially on the soccer field. Dr. Lefferman was a member of Team USA in soccer that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Lefferman is also active in community service, serving on several local boards, including his kids' school and the Westside JCC.Topics:Mobile MedicineGeriatric CareAlternative MedicineNutrition & HealthDementia and CannabisPandemic Related Lockdown DeclineTelemedicineCOVID-19Matthew's Links:LinkedIn: Healthcare Associates:
Dr. Gupta is the Founder and CEO of Tembo Health, a telemedicine startup seeking to revolutionize healthcare delivery, and is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at both the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Zucker School of Medicine. He received his MMSc in clinical informatics from Harvard Medical School, earned his MD and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and, after training in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in NYC, completed a postdoctoral NIH/NLM research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and clinical informatics, and board eligible in addiction medicine.A practicing emergency medicine physician, Dr. Gupta brings clinical insight along with business acumen to provide impactful solutions to healthcare systems and organizations. Within his tenure at BWH, he developed multiple clinical decision support algorithms to impact real-time clinical care, resulting in improved utilization of healthcare resources; funded by the NIH, led to numerous publications. During his time at Northwell Health, Dr. Gupta led transformation teams on several initiatives improving efficiency, quality, and cost across 20 hospitals. While at the Boston Consulting Group, Dr. Gupta focused on healthcare strategy across Pharma, MedTech, and Providers, working with C-level executives to help shape long term strategic initiatives (e.g., growth strategy, organizational transformation, M&A, etc.). While at Imagen, a medical device startup building radiology artificial intelligence algorithms, Dr. Gupta served as both Head of Clinical Operations and Head of Strategic Partnerships, driving product development, managing a physician team of 30, collaborating with engineering and AI scientists on research development, and supporting FDA regulatory pathways.Dr. Gupta's passion for innovation and curious nature have led to entrepreneurial projects, peer-reviewed publications, and speaking engagements.Topics:Seniors' lack of access to healthcare resourcesTelemedicine services for seniorsSpecialty care versus emergency careCOVID-19 impact on seniors and telemedicineDr. Gupta’s LinkedIn:
DeAnne Clune is a 30-year sales and marketing veteran, specializing in marketing senior living communities and organizations since 1999. She has worked with both forprofit and not-for-profit communities, serving in corporate, regional, and consulting roles. Her expertise includes a variety of community types, such as CCRC’s/LPC’s, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Affordable communities (bond and tax credit) and Active Adult (55+) communities. She also has experience with both entrance fee and monthly rental agreements.DeAnne is passionate about helping others in the senior living sector to successfully launch new brands and effectively address challenges of existing communities to reach their full potential. She approaches all of her projects in a collaborative manner and enjoys finding creative solutions and achieving results.DeAnne is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Leading Age, Argentum,  MASH, and Environments for Aging.While she aspires to continually learn and grow, her formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, from Oregon State University and she has earned the professional designation of Certified Senior Advisor.Topics Covered:DeAnne's current project, Seniors Better TogetherMessage of Seniors Better Together to potential community partners and how does pooling resources make the group of community partners stronger as a whole?What is the message of Seniors Better Together to senior consumers? How do we reassure seniors in the aftermath of COVID-19 that communal living is a safe option?What are communities doing to prevent social isolation in the time of COVID-19?DeAnne's LinkedIn: Consulting: Better Together:
Candy Cohn is a Certified Senior Advisor® and owner of Oasis Senior Advisors South Florida. Originally from Philadelphia, Candy has lived in Florida since 1985. After living in Martin County for years, she moved to Delray Beach in 2008 and then to Boca Raton in 2017. Her background in healthcare marketing includes community relations at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, FL; writing for “Psychotherapy Finances” newsletter; Marketing Director for Flexsite Diagnostics; and community relations at the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida. After helping her own parents move to a senior living community in 2011, Candy realized the complexity and emotional challenges involved in this transition and has since dedicated herself to serving others who needed to make these life changes.Candy is very active in the community, including being a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, the Palm Beach County Partnership for Aging (PFA), the Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Alliance (SNALA) and participating regularly in the Palm Beach County Guardianship Association and Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA). Candy also serves as past president of Broward County Elder Services Resource Network (ESRN) and has served for several years on the planning committee for the Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s.Candy's LinkedIn: Senior Advisors: Dieter is a JD Senior Placement Advisor, originally from Maryland, Becky has also lived in Colorado for a number of years and currently resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. Becky holds a bachelor’s degree in business as well as a Juris Doctorate. She practiced law and worked in the Human Resources arena for many years. She is certified both in mediation as well as life coaching.Becky’s journey navigating the complexities of senior care began with her own family. Becky left her job to help care for her parents in Sarasota, and helped other senior relatives with the decision of finding the right senior living option.Because of her own personal experience, Becky saw a need for guidance for seniors and families when they are facing the challenges that come with aging. She also realized that many families are still working and/or were raising kids and had little time to do the legwork and research needed to find a good living option for their senior loved one. This led her to becoming a Senior Living Advisor, which she has done since 2015.Because of her experience, she is passionate about helping people plan for aging, and helping families and seniors navigate the many living options available to them. Becky enjoys speaking on the topic of “Planning for Aging” and is involved in community events supporting seniors.Becky's LinkedIn:
Victoria Kozar found her passion for geriatrics as one of the pioneer participants in the groundbreaking Students-in-Residence program, spending a year living with the older adults of an assisted living community. After one of her neighbors and close friend from the experience began to struggle with cognitive decline, she dove head first to learn all she could about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She went on to share her friendship and story on the Steve Harvey show and ABC World News and continues to inspire other young people to see the value of intergenerational relationships.Ms. Kozar has brought her unique perspective to a state and national level, advocating for Alzheimer’s research, education, and political reform and serves as a Community Dementia Educator. She is also a Certified End-of-Life Specialist and was recognized in 2019 with the LeadingAge CT Aging Services Award of Excellence. Ms. Kozar continues to work towards positively influencing care and reframe how others view aging, as she pursues her medical education at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where she hopes to continue to improve outcomes and infrastructure.Topics covered:Importance of intergenerational experiences to improve social support and allow individuals to live independently and actively in the community longerImproving early medical student exposure to geriatrics/Alzheimer’s to improve outcomes and early diagnosisHow COVID-19 has disproportionally affected those with Alzheimer’s (social isolation, depression, quicker decline, elder abuse at home)Some pertinent policy as an advocate like the elder abuse act, and HOPE for Alzheimer’s (improving physician education/care-planning tools)Victoria's experience living in an assisted living community and the perspective that she gained (I.e. her neighbors feeling their role in their care was passive, concerns not taken seriously) and the effect of ageism/assumptions in care outcomesVictoria's LinkedIn:
Dr. Krystal L. Culler, DBH, M.A. is the Founder of the Virtual Brain Health Center powered by Your Brain Health Matters, LLC. She is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health with Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she completed her residency training on dementia prevention.Topics discussed:Entry into the field & background (why interest in brain health)What is brain healthWhy does brain health matterReview of lifestyle factors that impact brain health optimization and performance that are also linked to dementia risk reduction (head/body)Development/implementation of award-winning brain health in memory care programs and the recent launch of the Virtual Brain Health CenterKrystal's LinkedIn:
Anne Kenny, MD, author of "Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia", is a Professor of Medicine with specialty training and board certification in Geriatric Medicine, and Palliative and Hospice care. She has been a practicing physician for over 30 years and has been recognized by her peers as a “Top Doc” in Geriatric Medicine. She has been honored with a Brookdale National Fellow and the prestigious Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar awards.Dr. Kenny has worked clinically as a geriatrician in nursing homes, assisted living, rehabilitation and clinical outpatient settings. Dr. Kenny has found joy in her work with individuals and their families managing issues related to the diagnosis of dementia. Her experience in partnering in the care of these families touched close to home when her own mother was diagnosed with dementia.Dr. Kenny joined with her mother and her brothers and sister to provide the best care for her mother during the early and middle years following her mother’s diagnosis. Her expertise, coupled with her mother’s playful spirit and her sibling’s openness, support, intelligence and compassion, allowed for the highest functioning and independence of her mother for several years.Dr. Kenny’s expertise and experience in inpatient and outpatient Palliative and Hospice care were called on when her mother reached the final stages of living with dementia. The Kenny family worked together for their mother’s graceful exit from this planet.In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Kenny lectures to both healthcare professionals and the public on aging related issues including navigating dementia, exercise, nutrition, hormone therapy, death and dying, and frailty. She is an educator of medicine and research skills. She has over 100 scientific publications and presentations focused on improving the care and functioning of older adults.Dr. Kenny is the author of "Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia", published by Johns Hopkins University Press in September 2018. The book outlines care and communication issues at endof-life in dementia. In addition, she hosts a blog focusing on issues common to Alzheimer’s and related dementias and caregiving.Anne's LinkedIn: Website:
James-Robert Sellinger, Principal. Mr. Sellinger is a real estate executive with over 25 years experience in diverse institutional and entrepreneurial environments. James has a successful career in transactional commercial real estate and a track record in formulating creative financial structures within the capital, property and real estate asset markets.James has recently become interested in green housing and is involved in funding ground-up land development for senior housing properties as a Principal of SLD.James-Robert is also CFO and Partner in Built Environment, a benefits corporation committed to integrating sustainability and resiliency efforts to safeguard property, critical infrastructure and natural systems from the effects of climate change.As former Chairman of the Tenafly (NJ) Planning Board, James was instrumental in advocating its Green Agenda; sustainability and resilience efforts to alleviate storm water Runoff.James' past positions have included Manager and Senior Underwriter at Merrill Lynch Mortgage Capital, Senior Director at the hedge fund Palisades Financial, Mortgage Banker at Northmarq Capital, and Manager with AT & T Real Estate.James has a B.B.A from University of MA, Amherst; an M.B.A. from Cornell University. Mr. Sellinger currently is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program at the Schack Real Estate Institute, New York University.We cover the topics:Creative funding of senior living facilities, trends and issues - post COVID19Green development, and how important this is to include in facility design and operationsAnd more...James' LinkedIn: Natural Resilience Foundation:
Chai Chuah, until February 2018, was the Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. He is a Chartered Accountant, born in Malaysia, educated in Malaysia and New Zealand, and now resides in New Zealand. He has nearly 30 years of operational, strategic, and policy experience in healthcare services and systems. He is the first and only Asian to have held a Chief Executive position in the New Zealand public service. He currently speaks, writes, and provides advice on "Future of Health Systems, Developing Leaders We Need and Better Care for Our Seniors."Chai's LinkedIn:
Michael Hartman is responsible for CSH’s Active Living platform, which focuses on investing in assets catering to residents who are Over 55. This opportunity includes acquiring and renovating existing assets, as well as developing new assets that are uniquely tailored to this community. Michael brings more than two decades of commercial real estate principal and advisory expertise to his role with CSH.Prior to joining CSH, Michael was director of Investments, Senior Housing for Cortland Partners focusing exclusively on Active Living assets. Over a two-year period, he executed six transactions totaling over 1,200 units and deployed $140 Million of capital. Prior to that, he ran the Real Estate Division of Cohn Reznick Capital Markets, providing services that included debt and equity financing, M&A advisory, due diligence, and strategic investment advisement.Michael’s extensive experience also includes a previous stint with CSH where he was part of the team that launched the original effort in 2003. In the past, Michael served as Vice President for Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, respectively. Michael has also worked as an associate and analyst for Prudential Securities Incorporated and The Yarmouth Group, respectively. Michael began his finance career as a loan officer with Shawmut Bank in Boston, Massachusetts.Michael received his MBA in Finance and Real Estate from The Wharton School and holds his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Connecticut College.Michael's Links: Seniors Housing:
Stephanie Erickson, author of Plan for Aging Well, was born and raised in California. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Specialist (CADTS) and is licensed in both Quebec and California.She founded Erickson Resource Group, a clinical practice providing decision-making capacity evaluations for legal proceedings and expert opinions related to support for older adults.  She also provides online consulting services for caregivers throughout North America. As a Family Caregiving Expert, she is a regular contributor on media outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada discussing topics related to caregiving and health and well-being, as well as the host of several caregiving web series.Stephanie is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge and encouraging others to take control of their health and advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations. As a mom and entrepreneur, free time is hard to find. Yet, Stephanie always carves out time to train on the flying trapeze. She lives in Montreal with her husband, two children and energetic golden retriever.You can learn more about Stephanie at or find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.Stephanie's personal website:
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