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Do Adults with Developmental And Intellectual Disabilities Get The Same Healthcare And Benefits As Everyone Else? The Facts May Surprise You.
Do adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities get the same healthcare and benefits as everyone else? Join us as we welcome back Ken Barnes to explore the surprising answers to this question. Mr. Barnes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Options for All, an organization that serves, supports, and educates adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Ken also discusses practical COVID policies that have been implemented to protect this community during the pandemic, new California legislation that potentially impacts employment and income for those with developmental disabilities, and much more.
How To Quit Smoking and What It Means To Your Health
On this episode of Fight Back, we are going to dive right into the topic of quitting smoking and nicotine addiction. Smoking is a leading cause of death from lung cancer, and a major contributor to heart disease in the U.S. While huge progress has been made in recent decades to combat this addiction, there is still much more to be done.
We welcome our special guest, Erica Costa. Erica is the Director of Advocacy for tobacco control in California for the American Lung Association. In her work at the American Lung Association, Erica advocates for support programs and methods to help people quit tobacco use and kick their nicotine addiction.
Erica brings to our listeners a wealth of information of the best ways to tackle a smoking and nicotine addiction. From providing us with the dangers of smoking cigarettes and vaping, to the health benefits that can immediately be seen when quitting, Erica will discuss with us how best to create a plan to quit that encompasses counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, medication, friend and family support networks, and more.
Medical Marijuana: Patient Use & Treatment Applications
Many states in recent years have legalized the use of cannabis as a treatment for various medical conditions, including pain mitigation, combatting the side effects of chemotherapy or AIDs treatments, and more.
We welcome our special guest, Sally Brammell. Sally is an attorney who has practiced at two international law firms, the Securities and Exchange Commission, two biotech companies, and is currently the Head of Legal Affairs at PAX Labs, a cannabis vaporizer company. She is also the parent of a young adult son who is developmentally disabled by a rare pediatric epilepsy syndrome. His seizures are resistant to most medications but have been well-controlled for the past seven years with the application of medical cannabis.
We will discuss with Sally what consumers should know about the science behind medical marijuana, the differences between CBD and THC, how to tell whether their cannabis has been tested for quality and safety, how to talk with their physicians about cannabis as a medicine, and much more. She also shares her family’s experiences with medical marijuana and their journey to find an effective treatment for her son.
Digital Health Records: Safe and Secure?
In this Fight Back episode, we talk about bringing healthcare into the digital age. Digital health is applying digital technologies to healthcare to improve wellness programs and make medicine more accessible, personalized, and precise. It aims to improve the quality of care and lower costs.
We welcome our special guest, Gary Cohen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Blue Shield of California. Gary has worked on healthcare issues for many years, including the original implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which he helped to direct in several federal and state roles. Gary was also a Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at the California Department of Insurance for several years.
Gary discusses what bringing healthcare into the digital age means. How are your personal healthcare records kept safe, secure, and yet accessible to your healthcare providers? How can the new technologies that help you monitor your health at home be integrated into your personal health records? Why are you still filling out a form with pen and paper when you visit a new doctor or specialist, or in the worst case, in the emergency room? We dive into these questions and more.
In this episode of Fight Back, we have a conversation about Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive problems severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of all dementia cases, with most people afflicted over the age of 65. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
We welcome our special guest, Claire Day, to talk about Alzheimer's. Claire has been on the staff of the Alzheimer's Association since 2001. She is currently the Chief Program Officer at the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter and oversees all clinical operations and service delivery throughout the Chapter's territory. She and her highly trained staff deliver community social services in the form of education, support, advocacy, and care management to people with Alzheimer's and their families, as well as to professional caregivers.
Claire discusses what Alzheimer's is, how it is diagnosed, what families should look for and do when early symptoms arise, the newly FDA approved treatment for Alzheimer's, and much more.
In this episode of Fight Back, we talk extensively about chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the body's inherent recuperative power to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The chiropractic practice focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
We welcome our special guest, Dr. Steven Barham. After suffering a severe back injury playing college football, Steven was faced with major surgery but chose to try chiropractic care. The treatment he received provided quick and lasting results, and he decided to enter the chiropractic profession. For the last 30 years, he has been helping patients of all ages seek relief and healing from their health problems.
Dr. Barham will discuss with us the origins and evolution of chiropractic care, what patients should do to find the right chiropractor for their needs, what patients can expect at their first visit, and much more.
Why I listened
For my morning listening, I opted to listen to the program. Why? I need to collect various perspectives on this topic for a breakout session I am doing for my community colleges equity summit soon. I realize that as a white American Muslim Woman, I have one narrative; one perspective... but there are many more out there that need heard.
Very useful, practical podcast
Healthcare issues are so complicated and frustrating. I feel like I’m learning some useful information that’ll help me a lot.
Great, free resource for navigating the healthcare system
A great, free resource with information from subject matter experts on navigating the many times complicated healthcare and insurance systems.