25 episodes

In this podcast we talk with experts about 'All Things Seniors' - Transportation, Food, Housing (Downsizing, Retirement Communities, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Personal Care Homes etc.), Health (Dementia, Alzheimer, Arthritis, Parkinson, Posture, Hearing Loss, Blindness etc.), Abuse, Loneliness, Isolation and much more.

The purpose is to provide information and learning for Caregivers about these challenges. Most caregivers end up in the role of Family Caregiver for the first time in their lives - they crave this knowledge.

Most caregivers are from a Sandwich generation, where on one hand they have their own life (kids, jobs, wife, their own health etc.) and on the other hand they also have older parents to take care of.

These sandwich generation caregivers crave for these knowledge nuggets, as to how to support Mom/Dad, to be able to provide better care to their loved ones.

If you would like us to address a topic that you currently don’t find in any episodes, let us know and we will address your questions with a relevant industry expert. You can connect with us at Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com.

All Things Seniors: A Podcast For Caregivers Rafiq Punjani

    • Social Sciences
    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

In this podcast we talk with experts about 'All Things Seniors' - Transportation, Food, Housing (Downsizing, Retirement Communities, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Personal Care Homes etc.), Health (Dementia, Alzheimer, Arthritis, Parkinson, Posture, Hearing Loss, Blindness etc.), Abuse, Loneliness, Isolation and much more.

The purpose is to provide information and learning for Caregivers about these challenges. Most caregivers end up in the role of Family Caregiver for the first time in their lives - they crave this knowledge.

Most caregivers are from a Sandwich generation, where on one hand they have their own life (kids, jobs, wife, their own health etc.) and on the other hand they also have older parents to take care of.

These sandwich generation caregivers crave for these knowledge nuggets, as to how to support Mom/Dad, to be able to provide better care to their loved ones.

If you would like us to address a topic that you currently don’t find in any episodes, let us know and we will address your questions with a relevant industry expert. You can connect with us at Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com.

    Season Finale, Highlights of Season 1

    Season Finale, Highlights of Season 1

    Did you know that our podcast is now listened to in 30 countries? When we started the “All Things Seniors” podcast, I never imagined that our efforts of creating the show will be accepted so positively around the world and that we will be given so much love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    Topics:
    Rafiq's backstory and how he came to where he is today How the “All Things Seniors” podcast came about How the podcast made him a better caregiver Things he learned from the guests on his show What's next for the podcast Links:
    Rafiq's Email: rafiq@seniorspodcast.com All Things Seniors’ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors/

    • 7 min
    COVID19 - It's impact on Financial and Psycho-Social Health, for Seniors and Caregivers

    COVID19 - It's impact on Financial and Psycho-Social Health, for Seniors and Caregivers

    Did you know that although coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily a health challenge, its impacts on financial markets is very significant as well? On one hand, global death toll has gone over 100,000 people and on the other hand financial markets have gone down by over 30 percent. To address the elephant in the room, I decided to invite a health and financial expert over.
    In this episode, we’ll talk about the deep impact the pandemic has on people's retirement savings and cash flows. To help us figure things out, we have Doug Buss with us today. Doug has over 33 years of experience and is considered a veteran in the financial industry. Doug works with over 1,200 families and has been on the podcast before.
    To cover topics related to elderly care and the role of caregivers, we have Taz Lakhani with us today. She is the director of care for Right At Home - Greater Winnipeg Area. She has been in the industry for over 15 years now. Taz works with various community organisations and lots of families who are dealing with dementia or various other elderly challenges. She's working at the grassroots level.
    Topics:
    How coronavirus affects older adults especially on the health side of things What to do to prevent the spread of the virus Difference between social distancing and social isolation On utilising technologies The impact of the pandemic on older adults from a financial perspective Taz's thoughts on what caregivers should be doing at times like these What Taz sees in the community right now How Doug helps some of the families he’s working with in terms of retirement savings loss What Taz sees while working in the community of people with dementia Taz's advice to caregivers to make this journey easier for them in times like these Doug's tips to caregivers in terms of finances Their advice on what caregivers should do Links:
    Zoom: https://zoom.us
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com
    Taz's Company Website: https://www.rightathomecanada.com/winnipeg
    Taz's Office Contact: 2043185554
    Doug's Company Website: https://www.yourstylefinancial.ca/
    Doug's Office Contact: 2042276395
    Doug Buss' Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-2-how-much-do-i-need-for-my-retirement/id1490462770?i=1000459492474
    Teepa Snow's Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-6-using-a-positive-approach-to-dementia-care/id1490462770?i=1000460272808
    Links:
    Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
    Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors
     
    Doug's Company Website: www.yourstylefinancial.ca/
    Doug's Book: www.yourstylefinancial.ca/bookpurchase
    Doug's Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourstylefinancial/
    Doug's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dougbuss
    Doug's Email: doug@yourstylefinancial.ca
    Office number: 204.474.2929
     
    Tazz's Website: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    Taz's Email: Taz@RAHWinnipeg.ca
    Taz’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RightAtHomeWinnipeg
     
    Did You Know Segment: 
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

    • 43 min
    Entrepreneurship as Retirement Career

    Entrepreneurship as Retirement Career

    Did you know that a 50 plus year old startup founder is almost 3 times more likely to have a successful business compared to a 25-year-old startup founder? I would have thought that due to positive stats like that there would have been more and more support to grant fundings available to this older entrepreneur group but no, we don't see that.
    However, there are great people in our society who see the need for that kind of support for older entrepreneurs and they take action.
    One such awesome person is with us here today, Wendy Mayhew. Wendy is an author, educator, and entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience. Her most recent businesses are "WISE - Seniors in Business" and "WISE 50 over 50 Awards.” WISE - Seniors in Business was formed to change how older entrepreneurs are perceived and to guide older entrepreneurs in deciding if entrepreneurship is for them.
    Wendy has quickly became Canada's leading expert on older entrepreneurship. She has an extensive research in understanding the challenges. She is a sought after speaker and workshop facilitator of many business organisations. Now, she's starting to realise the importance of serving this newest group of entrepreneurs.
    Topics:
    Why she created the WISE 50 over 50 Awards Who decides who is going to receive the award The biggest challenge of older entrepreneurs What she sees people use as an alternate option On finding different avenues of financing How people approach entrepreneurship if their family is not supporting them What the role of the local Chamber of Commerce is Her thoughts on seeing some people venture into different things Her advice to people when preparing for a change On her book Her advice to people who are retired and wants to venture into entrepreneurship Links:
    Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
    Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors
     
    Wendy's Website: www.Wise-SeniorsInBusiness.com
    Wendy's Email: Wendy@LaunchItRight.com
    Wendy’s Twitter: Wendy_Mayhew
    Wendy’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiseseniorsinbusiness/
     
    Wendy’s book: WISER: The Definitive Guide to Starting a Business after the Age of 50
     
    Did You Know Segment: 
    https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/a-study-of-27-million-startups-found-ideal-age-to-start-a-business-and-its-much-older-than-you-think.html

    • 37 min
    Family Caregivers, Need Help

    Family Caregivers, Need Help

    Did you know that nearly half of the Canadian population has cared for an ageing, ill, or disabled family member or friend at some point in time? This is according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.
    Despite little or no training, family caregivers are expected to provide care at home while trying to navigate our complicated healthcare system. On top of that, they also serve as substitute decision-makers.
    As a society, we need to do more to support informal caregivers. The question is, how? Do we have a silver bullet? No. There is no definitive answer or approach as yet. Therefore a lot of research is being done to identify ways and methods we can use to support family caregivers.
    In this episode, we have a prolific and renowned national researcher, Michelle Lobchuk. Michelle is a registered nurse and an associate professor at the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba.
    Her research, spanning over almost two decades, has focused on communications support for professional and family caregivers. Michelle has held Canadian cancer society research scientist award and recently, a research Manitoba chair in caregiver communications.
    Topics:
    What caregivers’ iceberg means Actions that help improve caregiving On building confidence in caregivers What high-risk family caregiver means Two red flags Tools developed in Canada The red flag questions Myths about caregiving Current percentage of male and female caregivers Methods taught to students The course they offer Who they offer the course to Responsibilities of healthcare providers Importance of open-ended questions Her message and tips to family caregivers The action item she gave On her warning factor Quotes:
    “We have to remember, especially with our ageing population, that more and more families are serving in the role as our care partners.”
    “So I think environments, in terms of our systems, is a huge barrier in terms of how we can practice holistic care.”
    “The world seems to say, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ I think it takes a village to help and support family care.”
    “In a moment of calmness and in the moment where the pressure is not very high, remind yourself that you have to ask for help when you feel like your health is not doing well.”
    “I wanna give you permission to love yourself and to pay attention to the needs that you have always addressed perhaps your whole life.”
    “Keep a list of things that people can do for you.”
     
    Links:
    Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
    Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors
     
    Michelle's Email: Michelle.Lobchuk@umanitoba.ca
    Links:
    Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
    Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors
     
    Michelle's Email: Michelle.Lobchuk@uManitoba.ca
     
    Federal Caregiver Readiness Video:
    https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum/caregiver-readiness-video.html
     
    Caregiver Self Assessment:
    https://tevacaregivers.com/files/13960_Teva-CG-QC-Self-Assess-EN_FA.pdf

    • 47 min
    Directly Funded Home Care

    Directly Funded Home Care

    Did you know that a lot of home care in Canada is free? It is part of our healthcare system and a benefit for Canadians. If you knew this, you are part of a very small percentage of people. Congratulations!
    Home and community care services, as it is formerly called, help people to receive care at home rather than in a hospital or long-term care facility and to live as independently as possible in the community.
    Home care services may include nursing, personal care such as bathing and dressing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, dietitian services, homemaking, and respite services. That is a lot of offering!
    As good as our healthcare system is, it is a maze. It is a huge system. At times, it becomes overwhelming. And even on good days, it has its challenges. There are very few people in Canada who understand the healthcare system really well due to their work, their research, and their community.
    We are very fortunate to have one such person with us here today, Dr. Christine Kelly. Dr. Kelly is part of community health services and she is a research affiliate with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kelly is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise on the subject of direct funded home care in Canada.
    Topics:
    What disability activism is How she got involved with direct funded home care On people’s understanding of the word, care The differences between traditional and direct funded home care models The history of direct funded home care What makes direct funded home care different from others The benefits and drawbacks of direct funded home care Discoveries and observations from their research True stories about the relationships between family self-managers and workers The program’s supporters Why the program has not been promoted as a mainstream in Canada What niche program means The current obstacles and concerns of the program How the program works in terms of races and genders Her professional tips when choosing a home care worker The action item she gave On her book, The Aging-Disability Nexus Quotes:
    “Having that match is what makes the workers very happy and what makes the family very happy.”
    “It’s not for everybody but it is a good option.”
    “If you decide to get into this path, make sure it is for you.”
    “You determine what kind of experience you are looking for.”
     
    Links:
    Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
    Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors
     
    Christine's Website: www.ChristineKelly.ca
    Christine's Email: Christine.Kelly@umanitoba.ca
    Christine’s book: Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture, and Disability Activism in Canada
     
     
    Did You Know Segment: 
    https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-continuing-care/home-community-care.html

    • 42 min
    Transportation For Seniors & Its Role In Purposeful Aging

    Transportation For Seniors & Its Role In Purposeful Aging

    Did you know that driving is the primary mode of transportation for a large majority of Canadian adults including seniors ages 65 to 74? Almost 70% reported driving their own vehicles as their primary means of transportation. Thirty percent of seniors 85 years old and older also relied on driving as their main mode of transportation.
    More than one in five seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia drove in the previous months and 17% reported driving as their main form of transportation. Continuing to drive even with mild visual or cognitive limitations does not always increase risk but driving with significant impairment is the problem.
    The challenge is to ensure seniors who should no longer drive have access to affordable and appropriate alternatives to meet their transportation needs. Transportation is important for their independence, social engagement, and their overall health. However, driving has to be safe not just for them but for everyone else as well. Surely, this is a complex matter.
    To help put things in perspective, we have with us Samantha Rodeck. Samantha is a community development consultant working with TONS (Transportation Options Network for Seniors). For the past several years, her work focused on community capacity building within the nonprofit sector, working specifically with community groups supporting older people.
    Samantha educates, supports, and inspires individuals to live a positive fulfilling life and continues to work to give way to individuals who are often not heard.
    Topics:
    On people who are no longer able to drive Transportation options available The role community resource coordinators play Role medical professionals have to ensure drivers stay safe on the road Age an older adult should stop driving Her thoughts on self-driving cars Her tips to make the whole process easier Her thoughts on technology companies providing another mode of transportation for people  
    Links:
    Host’s email: Rafiq@SeniorsPodcast.com
    Sponsor’s Link - Right at Home: www.RightAtHomeCanada.com/Winnipeg
    All Things Senior’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllThingsSeniors
     
    Samantha's Website: www.TonsMB.org
    Samantha's Email: info@TonsMB.org
    Samantha’s Twitter: @options_network 
     
    Did You Know Segment: https://www.ctvnews.ca/features/more-seniors-dying-on-canadian-roads-than-any-other-group-1.3821118
     
    https://www.conferenceboard.ca/temp/51db4b64-3857-45f8-ac99-c9265cd1ab59/8293_ManagingMobility_BR.pdf
     
    Discussion Topics References During Episode:
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/features/made-in-canada-solutions-to-seniors-dying-on-the-roads-1.3822357
     
    https://www.wired.com/story/stop-saying-driverless-cars-will-help-old-people/

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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Naureen Punjani ,

A must listen for all who are or will be family caregivers!

Each episode is full of relevant and educational messages of anyone who is dealing with age, illness or disability in some way. The topics chosen and guests invited are extremely diverse which makes listening to every new episode feel like sampling from a box of chocolates. More importantly the information provided will help caregivers themselves age better as compared to the ones they are caring for. Two big thumbs up👍👍

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