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.
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Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep
Most people know that sleep is essential to good health. But what you might not know is that 60 to 80 percent of us aren’t getting nearly enough of it - not by a long shot. And that’s a big deal. Studies show that insufficient sleep can lead to poorer health outcomes and quality of life, an increased risk of accidents, diminished productivity, and even an inhibited ability to learn and solve problems.
Fortunately, whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or simply stay up too late at night, most sleep problems are treatable. In this episode, join Eldercare Illuminated host Lenore Tracey and Exceptional Parenting Podcast host Stefanie Boucher as they discuss the beauty and importance of sleep - and the little known secrets to getting a good night’s rest - with clinical sleep educator and behavioral sleep therapist, Rick Clerici. You’ll find out how to use your body’s natural sleep pattern to maximize rest, how to begin preparing your body for sleep from the moment you wake up in the morning, and what to try if parenting or caregiving responsibilities are making sleep difficult.
About Our Guest:
Rick Clerici is a Clinical Sleep Educator and Behavioral Sleep Therapist. As the co-founder of Clear Mind Systems, Rick develops corporate sleep wellness programs, lectures in corporate and university settings nationwide, and serves as Sleep Educator for four major employee assistance programs in Massachusetts. As a personal sleep coach, he and his practice have helped thousands of individuals in all age groups get a better night’s sleep.
Learn more about Rick Clerici and his work by visiting http://www.clearmindsystems.net/.
Home Sharing: Creating Friendships, Support, and Resources
Many families today are struggling with uncertainty and threats to home and hearth. Financial instability is a reality for people who have had their work hours reduced or lost their jobs completely. In this episode of Eldercare Illuminated, we’re exploring an idea that predates the country’s troubles of 2020 and has the potential to provide some relief to caregivers and the adults they love. That’s home-sharing.
Housemates have been a standard for young people starting out after completing their education. What are the many benefits that may be available to an older adult when sharing a living space? Amy Ford, of Silvernest, discusses how this little known option can provide different kinds of support for your loved one. In this discussion, we cover:
- What types of help can be built into a home-sharing agreement
- Safe ways you and your loved one can find a housemate
- Questions to consider when interviewing an applicant
- The importance of creating a formal home sharing agreement to protect both your loved one and her new housemate
Check out these resources to explore the home-sharing option further:
- Silvernest (http://silvernesthome.com/torchlight)
- Senior Homeshares (https://www.seniorhomeshares.com/
- National Shared Housing Resource Center (http://nationalsharedhousing.org/program-directory/)
About Our Guest:
Amy Ford is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Silvernest, an online roommate-matching service that pairs empty nesters, retirees and other aging adults with long-term housemates. Amy joined Silvernest from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she was the senior director of financial wellness, responsible for leading a team in the Economic Security division that provides education to older adults on a variety of topics related to financial wellness, including the question of considering accessing their home equity.
Before joining NCOA, Amy supported housing counselors in the training division of a large community development organization, NeighborWorks America.
Conversations with Working Caregivers: Amy Lyman
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the lives of young and old alike since March. For caregivers who are juggling work, children, and aging or disabled loved ones, the disruptions have been relentless.
We open our first episode of the Fall season of Eldercare Illuminated with a far-reaching conversation about what the last few months have been like when a loved one lives in a memory care unit during a COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.
You’ll be surprised to hear that it’s not all bad news:
- Seniors who contract this virus can recover.
- Flexibility lends grace when circumstances continuously change.
- Children (and dogs) still bring joy.
- Workplace support is key to making all the pieces fit together.
Guest Amy Lyman shares the story of caring for a loved one with dementia during the coronavirus pandemic. We learn that loved ones who can only live in the moment may enjoy a special boon while the rest of us are bathed in anxiety.
About Our Guest:
Amy Lyman is Torchlight’s Director of Client Success. In addition to years in the financial services industry, Amy has experience working with adults and facilitating support groups in a mental health clinic. Most recently she worked supporting employees and advising Human Resources professionals and managers about workplace dynamics. Who is she when she’s at home? All of those things and the mother of three, wife, daughter, and primary caregiver for her 88-year-old mother.
The Coronavirus Scams Epidemic
As if the coronavirus pandemic were not bad enough, it has spawned another epidemic. Testing and treatment scams, product delivery scams, tax identity theft, and a multitude of new and creative ways to get people to divulge private information or click on sites that load malware, ransomware, and other dangerous software onto their devices are on the rise.
As our guest, Steve Weisman says, “Things aren’t as bad as you think, they are far worse.” But don’t despair. Steve joins Torchlight’s Eldercare Illuminated host, Lenore Tracey, and Exceptional Parenting Podcast host, Stefanie Boucher, for a discussion of what to beware of and how to avoid the clever ways these thieves seek to undermine our digital security. Steve alerts us to attacks and identity theft based on use of websites and apps targeted at students, younger children, seniors, and employees; he offers some surprising insights about how criminals are exploiting the tools and applications we use every day.
Steve has helpful strategies to share for all of us — adults and kids of all ages. Check out his website, Scamicide.com, for regular updates on new scams and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
About Our Guest:
Steve Weisman, JD is an attorney admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, college professor at Bentley University, and nationally recognized expert on scams, identity theft and cybersecurity. He appears regularly in the media to share his knowledge and ideas for staying one step ahead of the bad guys.
You can find Steve’s books on retirement planning and digital security on Amazon. Learn more about identity theft attacks based on use of Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android, cloud apps, iPod, and other new technologies — and shows you how to protect yourself, or how to fix the damage if you've already been attacked!
Conversations: Exploring Loss and Grief
This podcast was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic. The need to understand the many faces of grief and how to treat each other kindly after a loved one dies is magnified under our current circumstances. Whether you are working remotely or on site, you, your family, and your co-workers may experience losses or be called upon to share condolences in this time of uncertainty.
Join Eldercare Illuminated host Lenore Tracey for a conversation with Amy Tucci, President and CEO of the Hospice Foundation of America. Amy shares her knowledge, experience, and advice for individuals and families grieving after the death of a loved one. Whether someone you care about dies suddenly or after a long illness, the experience is painful; it requires time to understand and incorporate the loss into one’s mental and emotional framework.
Download additional resources to help understand and deal with grief from the Hospice Foundation website at https://hospicefoundation.org/Grief-(1).
Managers and employees can find specific information on how to be helpful when a colleague has lost a loved one in the Hospice Foundation’s booklet Grief at Work: A Guide for Employees and Managers, which can be found at https://hospicefoundation.org/Grief-(1)/Grief-and-the-Workplace.
About Our Guest:
Amy Tucci is the President and CEO of the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA), headquartered in Washington, DC.
She started at the Hospice Foundation in 2004, directing its national Living with Grief® educational event and has been responsible for many educational programs on advanced illness care and grief for both the public and professionals. She has edited several books on end-of-life topics, considering issues such as ethics, pain management, child and adolescent grief, and spirituality.
Eldercare in the Time of Coronavirus: Social Distancing and Visiting Your Loved One
In this episode of Eldercare Illuminated, Torchlight’s Eldercare Practice Leader, Lenore Tracey, answers questions about the limitations on visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well as the importance of social distancing for caregivers and seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Guest host Stefanie Boucher usually presents Torchlight’s Exceptional Parenting Podcast, when she’s not writing about the challenges of raising children and navigating education issues for children with and without disabilities. Today, she looks for ways to explain social distancing and how to convince a stubborn loved one that visiting the grandparents is just a bad idea.
As promised in this episode, we’re including links to a couple of graphical representations and expert explanations of how social distancing works:
This BBC video explains social distancing using dominoes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51989370
A coronavirus transmission animation, from New Zealand’s online magazine, The Spinoff: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Covid-19-Transmission-graphic-01.gif
An in-depth scientific article in the leading medical journal, The Lancet, “Scientific and ethical basis for social-distancing interventions against COVID-19,” Joseph A Lewnard, Nathan C Lo, Published: March 23, 2020: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30190-0/fulltext
Johns Hopkins Medicine explains the importance of social distancing, self-quarantine, isolation, and “flattening the curve”: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine
Check the CDC’s website, https://coronavirus.gov, for the most current information and recommendations.
Bringing mom home
Great episode! I loved the questions to ask when bringing your loved one home!
I just listened to my first episode. I think this is going to be very helpful.