99 episodes

Honest discussion about end of life planning and choices to help start conversations and change the way society doesn't talk about death. Our goal is to improve quality of life.

engAGINGconversations's podcast Sheryl Smith RN

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Honest discussion about end of life planning and choices to help start conversations and change the way society doesn't talk about death. Our goal is to improve quality of life.

    Sandwiched, with Laurie James

    Sandwiched, with Laurie James

    How does one manage when you have 4 girls between 10 and 15 years of age and your mom has a life changing medical issue? Why you become sandwiched, of course. Laurie James shares her experience with us today. And the struggles are real.
    Listen to our talk today and find out why it’s so important to advocate for your loved ones, even if it means being the “squeaky wheel”. Other things you MUST know:
    Why you need to do your homework when your are bringing caregivers into your home The importance of having conversations about finances with your parents (AND YOUR KIDS) Why YOU must have Power of Attorney/Health Care Proxy documentation in place Ask for a palliative care consultation (even if you think it means Hospice–it doesn’t!) Life is short, and if you are not fulfilled, find someone who can help you get where you want to be!! What is the difference between having a coach and a therapist Resources:
    Sandwiched: A Memoir of Holding On And Letting Go
    Laurie’s Coaching Services
    Social Media links: FB InstaGram

    • 39 min
    A Way Back to Health with Kelley Skoloda

    A Way Back to Health with Kelley Skoloda

    Personal stories are so important. Sharing our agonies and defeats as well as our wins can help others when they find themselves in similar situations. Kelley Skoloda shares her story today. She was a busy, healthy, active businesswoman, wife and Mom when she was diagnosed with cancer. She wrote a book, A Way Back to Health: 12 Lessons From a Cancer Survivor which she talks about with me. Listen and find out:
    How important colon cancer screening is Why it’s so important to advocate for yourself, or have a family caregiver advocate for you That it’s ok to interview your potential physician How gratitude can help even on the worst of days Find Kelly’s books here:
    A Way Back to Health
    Too Busy to Shop: Marketing to Multi-Minding Women

    • 36 min
    Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period with Christian Worstell

    Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period with Christian Worstell

    Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent, senior staff writer for MedicareAdvantage.com, and Medicare expert. I talk with him today about Medicare and all it’s moving parts, including the annual enrollment period which runs from October 15th-December 7th every year.
    Listen to today’s episode and learn:
    The different types of Medicare coverage About the Annual Enrollment Period Things beneficiaries should be aware of during AEP that can be costly if you don’t pay attention Advice and tips on how seniors can choose the best plan for their needs Benefits covered by Medicare that beneficiaries may not be aware of Why you should care about this if you’re not on Medicare Other resources to help you navigate Medicare:
    Find a licensed insurance agent
    State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
    Annual Notice of Change

    • 47 min
    Talking Senior Care and Finances with Ryan McEniff

    Talking Senior Care and Finances with Ryan McEniff

    People like to talk about finances about as much (or maybe less) than they like talking about death. But it is HUGELY important to know what your parents finances. And hopefully before you take on the role of family caregiver.
    I’m talking with Ryan McEniff today and he’s talking to me about this topic. Ryan is the owner/CEO of Minute Women HomeCare in Lexington, MA and host of the podcast The Caregiver’s Toolbox. We are sharing our platforms to help get the word out about the need to have conversations with your parents early and often. We touch on many different issues related to finances and aging. Re-listening to this has given ME anxiety! But avoiding this topic doesn’t make the issues related to it go away. And putting these conversations off until your family is in crisis WILL NOT help you.
    Listen and learn about:
    What home care can cost What nursing home care can cost Why you need to be proactive to help your parent. AND yourself Where you can find resources to help you navigate this time Resources:
    Five Wishes, The National Aging in Place Council, Act III, NAIPC

    • 57 min
    A Talk with The Dementia Whisperer, Laura Wayman

    A Talk with The Dementia Whisperer, Laura Wayman

    Did you know that dementia is not a diagnosis, but rather a list symptoms? And that 50% of those over 65 can have one of these symptoms? What is a dementia whisper and how does one become one? Laura Wayman has spent decades in the memory care space. Her book A Loving Approach to Dementia Care now in its 3rd edition, is a resource for us all. She talks with us today about her experiences and expertise.
    Learn about:
    becoming dementia aware and why it is essential how to effectively communicate with a loved one with dementia caregiver burnout managing dementia symptoms dementia navigators  
    Check out Laura’s video here: Inside the mind of someone with dementia
    Follow her on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

    • 34 min
    Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing with Kathleen Vallee Stein

    Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing with Kathleen Vallee Stein

    Kathleen Vallée Stein is a baby boomer. And so are her siblings. If you were raised in the 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s, your father often had the final say about everything. And many ruled with an iron hand. When her Dad was facing end of life, it was difficult to reverse rolls. And her Mom was not in a position to take the lead. So what do you do? Kathleen’s experiences led her to write a beautiful book, Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why my Family Chose Hospice.
    We talked about her experience as a family caregiver. Listen today as we discuss:
    How to start an end of life conversation with your parent when your parent “ruled the roost” Why you might need to start the conversation about hospice Divide and conquer (if you have siblings) is a great strategy Why it is so important to talk to your parents about finances Reasons to consider a hospice chaplain And why it is SO important to do these things before your parent is dying Resources:
    The Five Wishes, Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care, Comfort Care,
    Find Kathleen here: YouTube, Facebook

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Valleestein ,

A helpful podcast

Sheryl Smith’s guests bring a wealth of information and expertise to the vast topic of caring for aging parents. As we baby boomers age the support this podcast gives is invaluable. We must start talking about issues of aging and this podcast is a great way to start.

claynferno ,

Great Stuff!

A great merging of the topics of aging and the topics in our headlines today! Very informative stuff!

Seth.Brink ,

Fantastic Insight into Aging and Role Reversal.

The topic really hits home as I was just speaking with my aging mother on the topic. Sheryl really sheds light into the requirements of supplemental support and decisions that must be dealt with when parents get older. Thanks Sheryl!

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