13 episodes

Practical information for aging health & family caregivers

Helping Older Parents Podcast Better Health While Aging

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Practical information for aging health & family caregivers

    013 - How to Pay for Eldercare for Aging Parents

    013 - How to Pay for Eldercare for Aging Parents

    Dr. Kernisan & geriatric care manager Michelle explain options for paying for senior care, including for aging in place, residential facilities, memory care & more.

    • 44 min
    012 – How to get an aging parent to accept help

    012 – How to get an aging parent to accept help

    Geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan and geriatric care manager Linda Fodrini Johnson explain how to get an aging parent to accept help in the home, especially if the parent has memory loss or other thinking problems.

    • 31 min
    011 – How to Respond to False Accusations from Aging Parents

    011 – How to Respond to False Accusations from Aging Parents

    Dr. K and geriatric care manager Linda Fodrini Johnson discuss how to respond to false accusations made by older adults, particularly from those experiencing memory loss or thinking problems.

    • 10 min
    010 – How to Know if Your Aging Parent Should Still be Making Decisions

    010 – How to Know if Your Aging Parent Should Still be Making Decisions

     







     



    In This Episode:



    Dr. K explains what all family caregivers should know about decision-making capacity, especially if there’s a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Plus how incapacity is confirmed to activate a power of attorney.



    She covers:




    How to recognize signs of “mental incompetence”



    4 decision-making abilities needed for capacity



    Why capacity is decision-specific



    Incapacity vs incompetence



    How to get an older person’s decision-making capacity assessed by professional



    How to activate a “springing” power of attorney








    Related episode: 



    009 – If Your Aging Parent is Resisting a Memory Loss Evaluation



    Related Resources:




    Dr. Kernisan’s book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A geriatrician’s step-by-step guide to memory loss, resistance, safety worries & more



    Incompetence & Losing Capacity: Answers to 8 FAQs



    What You Can Do if You’re Worried About “Incompetence”

    009 – If Your Aging Parent is Resisting a Memory Loss Evaluation

    009 – If Your Aging Parent is Resisting a Memory Loss Evaluation

     







     



    In This Episode:



    Dr. K explains what you can do, if your aging parent has been refusing to see the doctor for their memory or thinking problems. She covers:




    Why older adults are often reluctant to get medically evaluated for memory loss



    5 tactics that families can use to try to persuade the older person



    How to trigger less fear of the evaluation



    How to frame the evaluation in a positive way for your parent



    If they are still refusing despite your best efforts








    Related episode: 



    008 – Is it important for your aging parent with memory loss to go to the doctor?



    Related Resources:




    Related article: What You Can Do if You’re Worried About “Incompetence”



    Related article: Incompetence & Losing Capacity: Answers to 8 FAQs



    Free online training: Memory Loss & Safety: How to Have Better Talks & Fewer Fights With Your Aging Parent



    Dr. Kernisan’s book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician’s Step-by-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety Worries, & More



    Get 12 weeks of expert guidance from Dr. K and her team of geriatric care managers, on how & when to step in to help a parent with memory loss: Helping Older Parents with Early Memory Loss Program

    008 – Is getting a memory loss evaluation really worth the trouble?

    008 – Is getting a memory loss evaluation really worth the trouble?

     







    In This Episode:



    People with memory loss often refuse to see a doctor. So how important is it for them to go and get medically evaluated? Dr. K answers this common question in this episode.  She covers:








    Why aging parents with memory loss often resist evaluation



    6 specific benefits of getting evaluated



    The most common cognitive tests used in the initial evaluation



    How long it might take to get an actual diagnosis



    How an evaluation can help you address safety concerns.




    Related episode: 



    007 – How to talk to your aging parent about memory loss concerns



    Related Resources:




    Related article: How We Diagnose Dementia: The Practical Basics to Know



    Free online training: Memory Loss & Safety: How to Have Better Talks & Fewer Fights With Your Aging Parent



    Dr. Kernisan’s book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician’s Step-by-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety Worries, & More



    Get 12 weeks of expert guidance from Dr. K and her team of geriatric care managers, on how & when to step in to help a parent with memory loss: Helping Older Parents with Early Memory Loss Program




     

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Ginagina Smith ,

Great info

Easy to understand: thanks!

Top Podcasts In Arts

Fresh Air
NPR
The Moth
The Moth
The Pink House with Sam Smith
Lemonada Media
99% Invisible
Roman Mars
The Jimmy Dore Show
Jimmy Dore
Walk-In Talk Podcast
Carl Fiadini

You Might Also Like

The Mel Robbins Podcast
Mel Robbins
Real conversations about aging parents
Rebecca Tapia, MD
Age Old Questions: The Aging Parents Podcast
Ellen Koebel
Better Health While Aging
Better Health While Aging
Dateline NBC
NBC News