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Educating at every step. Absolute Trust Talk is not your run of the mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn’t resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel managing attorney Kirsten Howe found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services. Now Kirsten is taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she is on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics. Through a series of podcasts, Kirsten will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn’t have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

Absolute Trust Talk Kirsten Howe: Attorney and podcaster

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Educating at every step. Absolute Trust Talk is not your run of the mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn’t resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel managing attorney Kirsten Howe found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services. Now Kirsten is taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she is on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics. Through a series of podcasts, Kirsten will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn’t have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

    Home for the Holidays: Time for The Talk with Elderly Parents

    Home for the Holidays: Time for The Talk with Elderly Parents

    Many of us have been reconnecting with elderly parents and loved ones for the first time in a long time. And while we may have been in touch over the phone or via Zoom, you might be surprised at some of the changes you will see. It can be hard to accept that our parent's health, mobility, self-sufficiency, or even safety has begun to decline. With these concerns come many questions, and you may be tempted to jump right in to help solve them, but there is a time and place for everything.
    In a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten is joined by guest Linda Fodrini-Johnson, licensed family therapist and professional certified care manager. Together, they discuss returning home and what to do if you notice a parent beginning to struggle with their day-to-day routine. Some tips you’ll learn about in this episode include:
    Why it’s important to observe what’s happening in your parent’s home before you start having discussions. How to prioritize any safety issues you may recognize. How to determine what legal planning has been done or needs to be done. Ways to break into conversation on the issues at home. And more!
    Whether this is a conversation you’ve been putting off or one you’re not sure how to start, this important episode will give you the ins and outs you need to approach your loved ones. It’s time to press play!

    • 35 min
    Retirement and Renewal for Career Women

    Retirement and Renewal for Career Women

    Retirement can be an intimidating subject to approach. You may be worrying that you've started too late, aren't sure how much to put aside each month, or that there's something you're missing out on. This can be especially hard for women, as there is no template to follow for today's retiring career women. If you think about it historically, in general terms, a man identifies as his career or whatever he did for a living. On the other hand, a woman identifies as a wife, mother, homemaker, etc. At some point, the man has to retire, right? But that role as wife, mother, and homemaker never really goes away.
    In a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk Live, Kristen is joined by guest Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized leader on the issues of aging and retiring. She is an author, a speaker, a teacher and has helped over 25,000 employees prepare for the non-economic aspects of retirement. Together, they discuss the working woman and how to navigate the retirement transition. Some insights from this episode include:
    How to cope and navigate a loss of structure following retirement Understanding the non-economic aspects of retirement Identifying ways to still feel empowered once stepping away from the workforce And more!
    Whether you've been considering retirement for a while or are brand new to the topic, this is an important episode with information that every working woman should know. So take a seat, settle in, and press play.

    • 30 min
    Retirement Planning for Your Brain

    Retirement Planning for Your Brain

    Preparing for retirement means more than maxing out your 401k. Preserving our minds and bodies is equally as important because how else does one enjoy the fruits of their labor? Nobody wants to spend all their money on long-term care, doctors, and medications, right? Many of us believe that's just a fact of life, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Surprisingly preserving your cognitive functions is a lot easier than you may think. And before going too far, no, there's no one end-all, be-all wonder drug that improves brain health and crossword puzzles aren't exactly all they are cracked up to be. So, what do we do? Get ready for a list of action items you didn't know you needed.
    In a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk Live, Kirsten is joined by guest Dr. Quinn Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy has a Ph.D. in psychology, postdoctoral training in cognitive aging, and over 20 years of experience researching and investigating factors that affect older adults, decision-making, and memory performance. Her work has been recognized through multiple awards, grants, and peer journal publications. Not to mention, she's been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Science Magazine. In addition to regular speaking engagements, Dr. Kennedy has also launched a new webinar series related to retirement planning and brain health. Kirsten and Dr. Kennedy will be diving into some of the best strategies for taking care of one's mind to ensure quality brain health, including:
    How our brain function changes as we age. Planning ahead to preserve brain health and cognitive function. Resources available for anyone concerned about their brain function. Recent medical developments relating to dementia. And more!
    Whether you're just now beginning to plan for retirement or have been investing in your future for years, this is an episode that everyone should listen to. So, grab a pen and paper, take a seat, and press play.

    • 32 min
    Don’t Let an Inheritance Destroy Government Benefits Eligibility

    Don’t Let an Inheritance Destroy Government Benefits Eligibility

    If you have a family member with special needs, financial concerns are more than likely always top of mind. Family members or friends who want to help by gifting or leaving an inheritance to them may have good intentions. Unfortunately, many times there are unintended consequences that do more harm than good. For people who rely on certain needs-based government benefits, receiving an inheritance can rid them of their benefits. If that person has too many resources to push them over a specific cap or threshold financially, they will lose them. 
    In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk Live, fellow Absolute Trust Counsel attorney Madison Gunn joins Kirsten to discuss different methods to resolve inheritance issues. Kirsten and Madison review and assess a handful of special needs estate planning scenarios highlighting what went wrong as well as how to save benefits. More important yet, this expert duo will share key strategies you can use to prevent future problematic inheritance challenges in your family. While the cases review hone in on special needs, the lessons shared can impact anybody who is doing an estate plan, which hint hint, should be everyone! So, find a quiet spot and get ready to strengthen your legacy. 

    • 25 min
    Serious Illness or Injury: The Resources We Need to Manage it All

    Serious Illness or Injury: The Resources We Need to Manage it All

    Is anyone ever really prepared to deal with a severe illness or injury? Most people find themselves unprepared when thrust into the patient or caregiver role, understandably so. Roberta Carson knows first-hand just how overwhelming it can be to make the immediate transition. Her experience caring for her teenage son, Zachary, during his 27-month battle with terminal brain cancer, inspired her to start Zaggo, a nonprofit organization. She created the ZaggoCare System to provide patients and family caregivers with the information and tools needed to better manage a care journey in critical illness and injury.
    In this episode, Kirsten sits down with Roberta to unpack the strenuous care journey for a loved one battling terminal brain cancer. Roberta admits she was unprepared and a bit unorganized in the first weeks following her son’s diagnosis. However, she quickly realized that everything her son experienced, from treatments to side effects to doctor’s visits, must tediously be documented. Roberta and her husband were responsible for coordinating his care to ensure Zach received the best care possible. There was an overwhelming amount of information to keep track of and new care procedures to learn at nearly every turn —with little or no guidance from providers. Nobody asked them how or if they could manage. It just had to be done. 
    After her son passed away, Roberta understood how desperately patients and families need practical, easy-to-use information and tools to stay organized and in control. We are so sorry for the tragedy that Roberta and her family faced. And at the same time, so thankful for her strength to develop ZaggoCare. What a gift! The ZaggoCare System is an invaluable resource that will help ensure the best care possible while allowing for more time spent with loved ones. We hope you’ll consider purchasing the ZaggoCare System if you, a loved one, or a friend face a serious illness or injury. Now it’s time to listen in and share Roberta’s story with your friends and family. Her experience not only impacts those with illness or injury but provides valuable medical advocacy advice.

    • 33 min
    Art Therapy and Dementia

    Art Therapy and Dementia

    Do you have a spouse or loved one who has dementia? Hearing them say “I love you” or share a memory is something that every caregiver hopes for. And in those rare instances, it truly gives a renewed sense of purpose in life. Unfortunately, often, after being diagnosed with dementia, patients are prescribed drugs that, in some cases, cause depression or suppress who they are. But what if there was a way to reduce the medications and boost the mental well-being of the person with dementia and the spouse or caregiver? Interestingly enough, evidence shows that art plays a role in improving neural health. Art therapy is being taught as an alternative approach to dementia cases, providing an opportunity for patients to boost their mood and change their behavior without diminishing their quality of life.
    In this episode, Kirsten sits down with the incredible Angel Duncan. Angel is a mental health, art therapist, and research clinician specializing in therapeutic program developments for people with mental health, developmental, intellectual, cognitive, and memory disorders. Angel has an extensive background in counseling psychology, life development, and Alzheimer’s disease phase 1b, 2, and 3 clinical research trials. She works globally with leading organizations on brain health initiatives and is a widely published author and speaker.
    During their discussion, Kirsten and Angel dive into the science behind art therapy, explaining how and why it works. Duncan also shares countless examples of patients who practice art therapy demonstrating the behavioral changes and how they reconnect with their spouses again or learn to engage with their caregivers. If dementia or mental health issues have impacted your life or the life of someone you know, this episode is for you. Tune in now for more on the benefits of art therapy and why Angel Duncan has spent her career advocating for this life-changing form of treatment.
    Big Three from Episode #074:
    Research shows that by engaging in art, which taps into certain regions of the brain, those with dementia are also getting neural activation and productivity. Ultimately, this leads to a shift in mood and behavior. Art Therapy is found to be helpful for all forms of dementia and, really, all types of mental health issues. Just because someone has dementia or another cognitive issue, doesn’t mean their creativity goes away. Case studies and research demonstrate exactly how art therapy brings those with dementia out of their box, helping them reconnect with the outside world. Time-stamped Show Notes:
    3:08 Long-term memory is returning for dementia patients through the process of Art Therapy. Listen now to hear Angel Duncan share the benefits of staying artistically creative for those suffering from neurological diseases. 
    5:43 Studies prove that art truly does work for people who have dementia. Start listening now for more on how art is helping neurological disease. 
    8:05 Relationships between caregivers, whether family or professional, and dementia-infected patients are becoming nurtured with empathy because of art therapy. 
    10:13 More often than not, psychotropic drugs are the go-to fix for dementia patients, causing diminished behavior. Angel answers how art could be used as an alternative to psychotropic drugs. 
    14:21 Angel Duncan has advocated for art therapy for almost 20 years. Listen to her journey and the life-changing work that has come from working with like-minded physicians. 
    17:43 Press play here to learn what different creative mediums are included in art therapy treatments.
    21:11 Ask Kirsten Segment: Kirsten answers an email from Maria in Danville looking for advice on how to encourage her mother, who has dementia, to do an estate plan. If you have a question that you'd like to have answered by Kirsten, send an email to info@absolutetrustcounsel.com.
    23:56 Listen to how Angel helped co-create Art in Mind for dementia patients at the Yale Art Gallery. 
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

lyndsynichols ,

Great Podcast

I was a guest speaker for the podcast, and absolutely loved it. It was an easy experience, and I loved contributing to such a useful, and educational talk. Would reccomend to anyone!

Johno6468 ,

Helpful for all

Kristen interviews professionals ina way that brings useful information to both professionals and individuals seeking to get smarter about their own financial, tax and estate strategies.

Luv2Ski59 ,

Runner

These podcasts are full of useful and helpful information. Also, they're quite fun to listen to. Thanks for sharing this valuable content.

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