The New Young at Heart Radio Show

Inspiring and Informing

Reaching Out to Help Depressed Seniors

Dr Gary Linker, Executive Director for The Center for Successful Aging

Dr Gary Linker, Executive Director for The Center for Successful Aging

Gary Linker, the Executive Director for the Center for Successful Aging, addresses holiday depression and describes how peer counselers are trained to reach out to seniors who may be at particul risk of lonliness and depression during the holiday season.

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A Holistic Approach to Dementia Care

Fred De Lorenzo and Mitch Leichter

Fred De Lorenzo and Mitch Leichter

Fred De Lorenzo, Administrator of Mission Villa, an Assisted Living Community specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and Mitch Leichter, the Executive Director of The Alexander Properties, which owns and operates two senior living communities in the Santa Barbara area, discuss innovative and holistic approaches to dementia care. 

Frank & Patti

Frank & Patti

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The American Red Cross Mobilizes Volunteers on the Central Coast

Julie McGovern, Executive Director of the Central Coast Red Cross & Mort Ward, spiritual advisor and long-time volunteer

Julie McGovern and Mort Ward discuss the mobilization of volunteers and the classes that are offered on the Central Coast.  The Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generousity of every day citizens to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.  One of the ways we can help is to shop from their catalogue, purchasing gifts that help them to respond to the most urgent needs.  www.redcross.org/gifts

 

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Medicare Open Enrollment Advice

 

Frank Nelson, HICAP

With the December 7th open enrollment deadline approaching, our guest–Frank Nelson, discusses how HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) counselers are ready to meet with seniors by phone or in person to help them pick the best Medicare option for their needs. 

Toward the end of the show, District Attorney Vicki Johnson talks about loan modification scams which are targeting citizens in Santa Barbara County. 

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Beverlye Hyman Fead

Beverlye Hyman Fead

 Beverlye Hyman Fead is a multi-talented dynamo.  She is an artist, author, documentary producer, and cancer advocate.  In 2002, she was diagnosed with 4th stage metastisized cancer and given two months to live.  Rather than having invasive surgery, Beverlye chose a treatment that makes the cancer manageable.  Today, like millions of others, she lives–and lives well, with cancer.  Beverlye wrote two books that deal with cancer.  The first is entitled, I Can Do This: Living with Cancer, Tracing a Year of Hope. The next book was written with her grandaughter and helps children to understand cancer, especially when they have a family member who receives the diagnosis.  She’s presently working on a book entittled Aging in High Heels.  It explores the barriers that are being broken as the current generation grows older. 

Toward the end of the show, District Attorney Vicki Johnson informs us of the latest scams targeting seniors in our area.

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Lois Capps Discusses Issues that Impact Seniors

Lois Capps

Congresswoman Lois Capps discusses many issues that impact seniors including the open enrollment period and new provisions for medicare, the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the dangers of reverse mortgages.  On a personal note, she describes the rewards and challenges of being a congresswoman. 

She shared some important informational sites: 

medicare.gov   To help listeners to understand the options during the open enrollment period

stopmedicarefraud.gov  1-800-377-4950

consumerfinance.gov  1-855-411-2372  Rates various reverse mortgage programs

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This Year’s Senior Expo Promises to be the Best Ever

Jeanne West, Senior Expo Chair

We interviewed Jeanne West, Chair of the Senior Expo, about the upcoming Senior Expo on Wed, October 10th, at the Earl Warren showgrounds.  This year’s Senior Expo offers more than ever before.  Participants will be able to obtain a variety of assessments in one designated location.  As usual, flu shots will be provided free of charge.   If you have any questions, call 1-855-247-9355  Admission is $10.00 and includes a healthy snack. 

 

Don L. Higley, Sage and Poet

Toward the end of the show, Don L Higley shares a poem about aging.  To read Don’s poem, titled Fourth Quarter, visit the Don L. Higley page on the right sidebar.

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Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara Owner, Mike Fasth

                                 

Former Kinko’s executive Mike Fasth used to help college seniors print and bind great looking papers.  Now he helps senior citizens maintain their independence.  The former President of Kinko’s Northwest owns Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, a firm providing in-home assistants to people who need help – from transportation and light housekeeping to bathing, dressing and Alzheimer’s care. In our interview, he explains why he finds Senior Helpers to be such a rewarding business.

Toward the end of the show–District Attorney, Vicki Johnson fills us in the latest scams targeting seniors in our area. 

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Jewish Family Services Offers Programs for Everyone

Barbara Kuhn & Corin Koren

We interviewed Barbara Kuhn, LCSW Director, Jewish Family Service of Greater Santa Barbara & Corin Koren, Coordinator, Portraits of Survival and Children & Family Program.    

Toward the end of the program, Vicki Johnson from the District Attorney’s Office, warns listeners about ‘the Grandchild Scam,’ which recently targeted two seniors in our community.

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Cecilia Rodriguez Works with Families to Prevent Child Abuse

 Cecilia Rodriguez, executive director of CALM, discusses child abuse and the ways this organization works to educate parents to prevent abuse as well as providing therapy to children who have been abused.

Don L Higley shares a touching on poem on the subject.  To read it, simply click on the Don L. Higley page and scroll down.

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