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After working with the senior living population up and down the Suncoast of Florida for over a decade, Steve Bennet-Martin and his network of experts in the field of senior living are now ready to share their expertise with you! This weekly podcast will focus on relevant topics to living a fuller life as we all get older, no matter how young we are right now.
54 Episodes
Steve discusses Alzheimer's and it's relateded behaviors with guest expert, Dr. Angelo DomingoE-mail today with your feedback and questions!Support the show (
Cooking Safely

Cooking Safely


Steve Bennet-Martin welcomes back Therapy Manager, Margaret Clark, on to discuss ways for seniors to cook safely in their own home. Margaret has worked at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota for over three decades and has a passion for helping seniors live as independently as they safely can. Topics Discussed Include:Encompass Health Rehabiltation Hospital and what Acute Rehab isMeal PreparationImportant of a good dietThe 4 Principals of Energy ConservationPrioritizingPlanningPositioningPacingAdaptive EquipmentCall Encompass for help today at 941-921-8600Support the show (
Steve Bennet-Martin invites Linda Odom, the Director of Creative Connections at Encompass Health Rehabilition Hospital of Sarasota on to discuss the importance of expressive arts.Topics Discussed Include:Encompass Health Rehabilition Hospital of SarasotaArt therapy versus expressive artsThe power of art on the brain and mindWhat are expressive arts?Miracles though art and musicCall Encompass for help today at 941-921-8600Support the show (
Steve Bennet-Martin invites Therapy Manager, Margaret Clark, on to discuss ways for seniors to live safely in their own home. Margaret has worked at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota for over three decades and has a passion for helping seniors live as independently as they safely can. Topics Discussed Include:Encompass Health Rehabiltation Hospital and what Acute Rehab isFall Stastitics and their ImpactDiagnosis and medications to watch out forHow living safely changed with COVIDActivities of Daily Living vs Indpendent Activities of Daily LivingMaking home modications for safetyCall Encompass for help today at 941-921-8600Support the show (
What is Guardianship?

What is Guardianship?


Steve helps define Guardianship in regard to senior care and planning with the assistance of Anne Ridings from Ridings Case Management and Fiduciary Services and Sierra Butler from Butler Elder Law.For more information contact our guests:Anne Ridings: Butler:'t forget to subscribe and leave a good review!Support the show (
Steve Bennet-Martin kicks off Season 2 with special guest expert, Dr. Suzanne Vass. After two careers, one as an ER Doctor at Venice Bayfront Hospital, and one in the Air National Guard, she is now the owner of ER2YOU. She helps share her expertise on how to keep your heart healthy!Support the show (
Season 2 Announcement

Season 2 Announcement


Host Steve Bennet-Martin provides a release date for Season 2, along with some important updates to our format designed to make our material more accessible to all!Stay Healthy and Stay Happy!Support the show (
Parkinson Place

Parkinson Place


Steve interviews CEO of Parkinson Place, Alix Redmonde, on the resources Parkinson Place provides not only the Suncoast, but now the entire world. As Mentioned:Parkinson Placewww.parkinsonplace.org941-893-4188Susan- Ext 106 Yoga 9/17 at 6:45 on Siesta Key- $20 tickets go to help underprivileged seniors.Heartis' Taste of Thailand- 9/23 for caregivers and seniors, 9/24 for professionals- call 941-499-1800 or email to RSVPSupport the show (
Steve Bennet-Martin sits down with the Suncoast CARE Awards Doctor of the Year, Angelo Domingo, to discuss Parkinson's Disease.News and Updates:January Marketing Mania for Professionals- January 28th at 11:30 at HarborChase of SarasotaTopics Discussed- Defining Parkinson's Disease, early signs of the disease, the role of dopamine in the disease, how it can affect your memory, Lewy-Body dementia, what confabulation is, and more.Support the show (
With a New Year comes news of the COVID vaccine being made available to many in Sarasota county, as well as the state as a whole.  Listen to find out how you are eligible, how the phases are planned to be rolled out, and what to expect when getting the vaccine.Visit the Sarasota County website here to Registration and Information: more information on Seniors Blue Book's online education for the week, check out their Facebook page here: the show (
Steve welcomes Crystal Whitley, his new Director of Wellness at Heartis Venice, to the show. With no new updates for the week of December 12th, instead Steve and Crystal discuss some homeopathic ways to help stay calm and centered during the holidays. From literal crystals and puppy kisses to purposeful breathing and essential oils, you're sure to find a new way to relax during this holiday season.Stay Happy and Healthy!Support the show (
Host Steve Bennet-Martin provides Senior Living updates for the week of December 14th, 2020.Professionals- Marketing Mania Ugly Christmas Sweater Zoom with Seniors Blue Book is this Thursday at 10amSeniors and Caregivers- Doc Talks from Seniors Blue Book this Thursday at 9:30 am features Dr. Dattilo of Coastal Orthopedics.Stay tuned for some amazing experts in 2021, including the Suncoast's Doctor of the Year, Dr. Angelo DomingoSupport the show (
Updates for seniors, caregivers, and professionals for the week of December 7th, 2020.Caregivers and Seniors- Heartis Venice is having an open house Christmas in Mexico celebration 12/16. Space is limited due to social distancing so call 941-499-1800 to RSVPProfessionals- Seniors Blue Book is having their Holiday Party and Ugly Sweater Contest on 12/17 at 10am. RSVP to Brittany at BJennings@SeniorsBlueBook.comStay tuned for guest experts to return in January 2021, and until then enjoy weekly updates and news!Support the show (
Steve Bennet-Martin provides a brief update on Senior Living news and updates for the week of November 30th, 2020.Stay tuned for longer episodes with some amazing guest experts!Support the show (



Steve Bennet-Martin and Brittany Jennings host the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards, recorded live on Saturday November 21st, 2020. Listen to hear the winners in over 40 categories of senior care up and down the Suncoast.Note: This is the LIVE video recording of the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards 2020. While we have shortened some gaps in the audio, there might be visual referrences that will not be seen in this format. You can find the video on our Facebook page- the show (
Steve welcomes back Jon Hankley, the Director of Business Development at Encompass Health, to help add Acute Rehab, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy to our Caregiver Glossary. For those listening the week of November 16th, 2020:You can pie Steve and other professionals in the face at the Sarabella Welcome Center. Call 941-302-5420 for more information.Go to Parkinson Place's website for their monthly calendar of free education for seniors and caregivers: the show (
In the first live recording of Senior Living on the Suncoast, Steve welcomes back local expert Brittany Jennings to help give updates on Seniors Blue Book, as well as the planning they are putting into the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards, premiering two weeks from this episode's launch!Are you a profession listening live-ish? Check out Seniors Blue Book Facebook page for info on both their Marketing Mania and the CRC meeting Wednesday November 11th: IN THE CARE AWARDS TODAY AT WWW.HAPPYLIFEPOD.COM !!Support the show (
Steve and Sierra provide an update on the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards and give updates on community events before transition over to Nafi Cunningham from Statum Health Care. Nafi helps add "Hospice" "Palliative Care" and  the "My Lif,e My Choice" program to our caregiver glossary.Support the show (
In this segment of our Caregiver Glossary series our local Private Duty expert, Chazsady Davis, returns to the show. Events the week of October 26th:Mystery at the Manor- Westminster Manor on Thursday October 29th from 11:30-1pmSCAN's Halloween Fundraiser at Heartis Venice on Friday October 30th from 10am-4pm - call 941-499-1800 to RSVPChazsady Davis from Home Instead Senior Care defines Private Duty what an Intake Assessment is like, and what a Home Health Aide is. Contact her today for any care needs in Sarasota 951-2242Support the show (
In the third entry of our Caregiver Glossary series we welcome back Elli and Mark Baldwin from Sunways Assisted Living Concierge. Before they help host Steve Bennet-Martin define Assisted Living, Senior Placement Services, Executive Director, and Director of Nursing, we get an update on our community events, as well as the Suncoast Senior CARE Awards featuring Sierra Butler from Butler Elder Law!October EventsHeartis Venice Halloween Event- Seniors and Caregivers on October 27th and Professionals on October 30th, various time slots available so call 941-499-1800Mystery at Westminster Manor- Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 1 PMVote for the CARE Awards Today! the show (
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