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willGather is here to come alongside older adults, family members, caregivers, and professionals in the senior living community as we explore the world of aging and older adult care.

Nicole Will brings approachable conversations and insightful interviews to our listeners. She gathers helpful resources, valuable information, and practical tools that will encourage and give hope to caregivers as they navigate the aging journey with their loved ones for a more meaningful and fulfilled life.

We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts. Please follow us for updates!

To learn more about our guests, podcast and sponsorship opportunities, visit our website at www.willgatherpodcast.com

Navigating the World with Your Aging Loved One willGather

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

willGather is here to come alongside older adults, family members, caregivers, and professionals in the senior living community as we explore the world of aging and older adult care.

Nicole Will brings approachable conversations and insightful interviews to our listeners. She gathers helpful resources, valuable information, and practical tools that will encourage and give hope to caregivers as they navigate the aging journey with their loved ones for a more meaningful and fulfilled life.

We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts. Please follow us for updates!

To learn more about our guests, podcast and sponsorship opportunities, visit our website at www.willgatherpodcast.com

    Interactive Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation and Healthy Aging with Mark Evin, Founder and CEO of Jintronix

    Interactive Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation and Healthy Aging with Mark Evin, Founder and CEO of Jintronix

    How do we age well and improve our physicality and neuroplasticity? Studies show that being stimulated as a whole being, our minds and bodies have a better outcomes in wellness as we age.

     

    Today, my guest is Mark Evin. He is the founder and CEO of Jintronix, a company that develops interactive exercise programs for rehabilitation and healthy aging. Mark shares with us the science of video games and the unique features they offer that can help with healthy aging. We talk about the research that is taking place correlating the benefits of video games and the mind-body connection. Jintronix is currently in hundreds of rehabilitation facilities around the world. Their newest program, LudoFit, combines strength, balance and video game software for adults that is fun and a convenient way to exercise. I’m thankful for the conversation around fall prevention, movement, coordination, and mobility. Thank you Mark for the great conversation and for encouraging us to age well.

     

    Mark shares about:

     

    What’s unique about video games that could help with healthy aging
    What is holding people back when it comes to engaging in sustainable healthy habits like an exercise routine
    The evolution of technology, motion sensing systems, and how new technology is supporting healthy aging
    The changing demographics, evolving needs, and expectations of older adults interacting with technology
    How Jintronix and LudoFit strength and balance video game supports older adults with an interactive exercise program
    The evolving knowledge around software design for older adults
     

     

    About Mark Evin & Jintronix
     
    Mark Evin is the Founder and CEO at Jintronix, a company that develops interactive exercise programs for rehabilitation and healthy aging. Before Jintronix, Mark developed multimedia installations for museums and science centers, where his goal was to engage and inspire people using different kinds of technology. Jintronix’s flagship product is currently being used in over 300 rehabilitation facilities across the world. Their newest program, LudoFit, is a strength and balance video-game software for adults. This downloadable app for laptop and iPad combines evidence-based exercises, captivating outdoor landscapes, and enjoyable video-game experiences. It’s a fun and convenient way to exercise from home.

     

    If you’d like to try the program at no cost and no commitment, visit: https://ludo.fit/freetrial

     

     

    We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts.

     
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    • 40 min
    Actionable Tips to Support Family Caregivers with Amy Goyer, Author & Family Caregiving Expert

    Actionable Tips to Support Family Caregivers with Amy Goyer, Author & Family Caregiving Expert

    How do we manage it all as a caregiver? As Amy Goyer states, "I can do anything but I can't do everything". With support, we are able to learn, adapt and adjust. Having access to information and tips from other caregivers we are able to fill supported so we can feel successful. 
     
    Today we are doing just that. My guest today is Amy Goyer, author of AARP's Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving. She is a writer, speaker, and consultant specializing in caregiving.  Amy is a passionate champion for family caregivers as she merges her personal experience with her professional life. Amy shares her personal caregiving journey along with actionable tips to support family caregivers. She’s been a family caregiver almost her entire adult life. Her role as a caregiver has been varied, from long-distance caregiving to very hands-on care for her parents.
     
    Amy Goyer has also been featured in interviews and appearances by ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR,  The New York Times, and many more. It was a joy to meet Amy in person as we recorded our episode live at The Care Colloquium in Virginia. This conference brought thought leaders together in the care economy to collaborate and tackle big care issues. It was wonderful to meet so many leaders sharing their good work. Amy Goyer was our keynote speaker and it was a  privilege to have the opportunity to interview her. Thank you, Amy, for using your voice to encourage families and bring important conversations to the forefront!
     
     
    Amy shares about:
     
    Her personal story of caregiving and lessons learned How we build a supportive team around us is an important asset Managing the emotions of grief and loss Bringing awareness to the financial implications of providing care and creating conversation around finances  The importance of journaling in caregiving Not judging ourselves and the importance of feeling the variety of emotions we have How we can use the skills we have learned in caregiving and then apply them to our life Having realistic expectations for yourself Choosing our mindset that we do have choice and agency in our decisions How we can proactively create moments of joy *Amy Goyer is speaking as an independent consultant and not as an AARP representative.
     
    Amy Goyer, author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving is a writer, speaker and consultant specializing in caregiving and family issues. An often-quoted media authority, she has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and People, among other media outlets. She has also appeared on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and has been a frequent guest on the TODAY Show. With nearly 40 years of professional experience in the field of aging at the local, state and national levels, she is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Amy’s work is the perfect fusion of her professional and personal experience. She is a passionate champion for family caregivers and has been one her entire adult life, caring for her grandparents, parents, sister and other family members and friends.

    You can connect with Amy at amygoyer.com and on
    Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube , LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.
     
    We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts.
     
    Please follow for updates, rate & review!
     
    For more information about our guest, podcast & sponsorship opportunities, visit www.willgatherpodcast.com
     
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    Nicole Will is our host and founder of willGather.

    • 40 min
    The Love Always Project: Promoting Constructive End-Of-Life Conversations with Kim Medici Shelquist

    The Love Always Project: Promoting Constructive End-Of-Life Conversations with Kim Medici Shelquist

    The end-of-life does not need to be filled with the fear of the unknown. Today we are normalizing conversations around the end-of-life and end-of-life planning. The Love Always Project is a movement that is promoting constructive conversation and the value of what preplanning looks like.
    Today my guest is Kim Medici Shelquist. She has spent nearly a decade on the leadership team of Hospice of Central Iowa, she’s a trusted leader and a source in end-of-life care matters. From her own personal story, she learned at the end of life people have fear, but most of all the fear of being forgotten. When we hold close and treasure the moments and memories of our loved ones who have gone before us- we can honor them. Thank you, Kim, for sharing your personal story and the importance of planning ahead to be present for those we love most.
     
    Kim shares about:
    That the end of life doesn’t need to be filled with the fear of the unknown What is the Love Always Project Her personal experience with choices and planning around end-of-life What are the values that lead people to consider an end-of-life plan How do we start the conversation around end-of-life planning The importance of having end-of-life conversations The information we need to include in our planning How preplanning can focus our efforts on celebrating our loved one's life and what matters The benefits we gain when we plan ahead What we often overlook in our pre-planning How we shift our mindset around death and fear  The ways that The Love Always Project supports families  
    About The Love Always Project
    The Love Always Project is a movement created to promote discussion about end-of-life issues, provide expert information and encourage people to preplan and pay for their funeral as the ultimate act of love for those they will leave behind. The Project is supported by Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in providing prearranged funeral funding, whose mission is to help people design a better farewell, benefitting those they love.
    The movement’s mission is based on the understanding that while loss is a natural part of life, it is often a topic we would rather just not think about. In fact, while many people don’t know they can plan their funeral in advance, most of those who do know simply choose not to act on the opportunity.
     
    To learn more, visit The Love Always Project
     
    We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts.
     
    Please follow for updates, rate & review!
     
    For more information about our guest, podcast & sponsorship opportunities, visit www.willgatherpodcast.com
     
    Instagram: @willgather
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    Nicole Will is our host and founder of willGather.

    • 35 min
    The Family's Role in Senior Living: A Powerful Collaboration with James Lee, CEO & Co-Founder of Bella Groves

    The Family's Role in Senior Living: A Powerful Collaboration with James Lee, CEO & Co-Founder of Bella Groves

    Does our role as a caregiver or a care partner end when our loved one moves into a senior living community? How can senior living communities support and educate families during this time?
     
    My guest today is James Lee. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bella Groves, an education based dementia support organization. For a long time, I have valued James' leadership and voice in the aging services space. He has a gift of bringing about thought-provoking conversations and kindly challenges us to look at how and why we make decisions in care. James has dedicated his career to helping families and communities grow closer together in collaboration.
     
    We are coming together in conversation to encourage a change in mindset around how senior living communities can support families through the aging experience. Both James and I are incredibly passionate about bringing families into the conversation as we see their role as collaborators, not customers. We want to empower families to have agency over their decisions and feel empowered with education. They are a powerful advocate for their loved ones.
     
    As we bear witness to the roles we've all played previously, we are stepping into a new way of care- where no one is displaced as the primary caregiver. When we show up with compassion for families and their changing roles, we see better outcomes and supported families. This framework is what it is all about. Thank you, James, for your incredible leadership and for encouraging us all to change and challenge the status quo.
     
    James shares about:
     
    Bringing families and communities together through the aging experience Re-framing the role of the family in senior living Looking at families as collaborators, not customers How families continue their caregiving journey into senior living What is the Social Contract of Dementia Care How we can bring families, healthcare teams, and the local community together How dementia is different from other diagnoses The ways in which senior living can support and educate families How we can empower families to have agency A challenge for senior living to change the status quo Having compassion for families and the changing roles we experience  
    To learn more, visit Bella Groves.
     
    We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts.
     
    Please follow for updates, rate & review!
     
    For more information about our guest, podcast & sponsorship opportunities, visit www.willgatherpodcast.com
     
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    Nicole Will is our host and founder of willGather.

    • 49 min
    Caregivers: How To Build Resilience & Activate Joy with Anna Hall, Founder of The Purpose Equation

    Caregivers: How To Build Resilience & Activate Joy with Anna Hall, Founder of The Purpose Equation

    What is your unique purpose? How do we build resilience? How do we activate our joy in the midst of caregiving? Caregiving in a way is a massive loss of control and how can we gain a semblance of that control back?
     
    Today my guest is Anna Hall, Founder of The Purpose Equation. The world is a better place because of this beautiful human. She is sharing her message today and it’s an honor for me to bring her message of hope to all of you. Anna Hall is focused on improving the quality of life for older adults. Along the way, she has deployed programs, services, and technologies with that mindset. Anna has served as a Chief Purpose Officer and throughout her career, she has witnessed how purpose builds reliance and improves wellness. Her mission is to help people define and activate their purpose. The Purpose Equation is an evidence-based framework that guides individuals to discover their unique purpose. This framework is the basis for programs and workshops that are designed to identify purpose, spark joy, and personal growth at any age and every moment.
     
    As caregivers, we put off our purpose but you really need your purpose now and the good news is that it is inside of you. This conversation today will start us on that discovery and we’re able to put words to define purpose,  what we value in life, what can we change, and what gives us value right now. Anna and I talk about her journey into creating The Purpose Equation and how her purpose teachers impacted her life. We are all connected through having purpose. As caregivers, how do we use this mindset to build resilience and activate joy? Join us as we discover who we are and what brings us joy. We all have purpose inside, we have the ability to define it and then share it with others.
     
    Thank you, Anna, for the wonderful conversation. I always learn so much from you and I'm so thankful to share your message with the world.
     
    Anna shares about:
    Anna's journey to The Purpose Equation How we are all connected through innately being and having purpose As caregivers, how do we use this mindset to build resilience and support our health How do we define purpose The ways we can spot joy in our Care Partner Anna's purpose teachers How do we activate joy The many ways that meaning and purpose supports our health We explore Nicole's purpose How we can access The Purpose Equation and the Spark Start game  
     
     
    To learn more, visit The Purpose Equation.
     
    We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts.
     
    Please follow for updates, rate & review!
     
    For more information about our guest, podcast & sponsorship opportunities, visit www.willgatherpodcast.com
    Instagram: @willgather
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    Nicole Will is our host and founder of willGather.

    • 54 min
    A Toolkit for Children to Learn About Alzheimer's Disease with Alder Allensworth, MM, RN, LMHC & Brenda Freed, MA, MUS, Founders of Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer's Disease

    A Toolkit for Children to Learn About Alzheimer's Disease with Alder Allensworth, MM, RN, LMHC & Brenda Freed, MA, MUS, Founders of Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer's Disease

    How do we bring children and families into our interactions with our loved ones and maintain those positive relationships during difficult times?
    The inspiration behind Mackenzie Meet's Alzheimer's Disease Educational Program is based on the true story of the interaction between Alder's eight-year-old niece and Alder's mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Alder realized that there was a lack of resources to help children learn, understand and interact with their loved ones living with the disease.
    With over 4 million people in the U.S. in the sandwich generation caring for loved ones, this toolkit provides families with education and support as they create positive memories with their loved ones from diagnosis through disease progression.  Improving the quality of life for the family is the focus of this program that highlights Mackenzie, an 8-year-old-hero. Once she learns of  Gran's diagnosis, she goes on a journey to learn about the disease and how to develop a positive relationship with her loved one using art, music, and dance.
    Alder and Brenda have worked with children and older adults in their professions and they are bringing all that knowledge with them into this program.  It was a joy to meet these kindhearted women. Thank you, Alder and Brenda, for creating a wonderful resource for children and families.
     
    Alder and Brenda share about:
    Their personal story and motivation for developing the program Who benefits from the program Why it's essential for children to be involved with their loved one who has Alzheimer's disease How to explain Alzheimer's disease to children The role that children play in the lives of their loved one who has Alzheimer's disease When and why should a child ask a responsible adult for help What are some activities that children can do together in the different stages of the disease Tips for adults for those incorporating their children into the care of a person with Alzheimer's How we can access the Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer's Educational Program and use it as a resource  
    About Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer's Disease:
     
    The Mackenzie’s Meets Alzheimer’s Educational Program is based on the true story of the interaction between Alder’s 8-year-old niece, and Alder’s mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.
     
    In the Program, Mackenzie is an 8-year-old hero. After being told her Gran has Alzheimer's, she goes on a journey to learn about the disease, and to figure out how she can help her Gran. Mackenzie discovers how to maintain a meaningful relationship with her Gran using art, music and dance.
     
    Join Mackenzie as she learns how to enJOY and interact with her Gran. This multi-media Program will help your family have quality time with your loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, or any type of dementia.
     
    The Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer’s Educational Program is a digital and downloadable video-based, multicultural, multimedia educational program. The Program includes an animated Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer's Disease Story Song Video that is the perfect introduction to Alzheimer’s for children, and the following 5-video Mackenzie Meets Alzheimer’s Disease Educational Video Series: What is Alzheimer’s Disease? (6 min. 28 sec.), Mild Stage Alzheimer’s Disease (9 min. 30 sec.), Moderate Stage Alzheimer’s Disease (11min. 45 sec.), Severe Stage Alzheimer’s Disease (7 min. 15 sec.) and Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease for the Responsible Adult with Children (26 min. 39 sec.).
     
    The videos describe what is happening in the brain of someone who has Alzheimer’s, the signs of each stage of the disease, and activities to do in each stage with a loved one who has the disease. We’ve also included a video for responsible adults to assist them in coping and caring for their children and their loved one. The Program videos are extremely accessible because they are concise, as demonstrated by the length of the videos provided above, and they are digital, making them

    • 40 min

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This is such a great podcast for caregivers! Thank you for creating such a beautiful space to learn and be inspired. I look forward to hearing every episode!

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Great education, support and inspiration

Nicole does an amazing job helping the caregiver navigate the caregiver journey with a show that offer relevant education, support and inspiration. She has experts across the field that she engages in a professional but very friendly conversation. You feel like you’re in the room with them. And Nicole also share pertinent gems from her own experience during these conversation. She is a pro at both interviewing and sharing valuable content. Thank you for this helpful endless serving of support!!

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I was recently introduced to this podcast. I am very impressed with hte well-thought-out topics, the quality of the speakers, and the depth of conversation. The host is very knowledgeable in many fields related to eldercare. As a person who is navigating through the process of caring for my elder parents, and also works with the older adult population, I found Nicole's podcast refreshing, useful, and addictive! She is on my subscribe list after the first episode!

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