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  • The Future of Care with show sponsor and CEO of Northfield Retirement Community, Kyle Nordine (June 3, 2015)
  • A New Way to Plan Your Care-(May 28, 2015)
  • Be in Charge of Your Choices (R)-Parents: Don’t leave decisions about where you’re going to live to your adult children. Adult children: Be brave and engage in tough conversations about aging and what possibilities are out there for your parents. My guest is Jill Johnson.
  • The Daily Grind of Giving Care (R)-A fantastic resource for dealing with stressful caregiving days by author Susan Allan Toth, author of No Saints Around Here.
  • Archiving Your Memories-Preserving family memories through digital means (Mar 17, 2015)
  • Fitness for Caregivers-Strength Coach Doug Barsanti gives invaluable fitness tips (Mar 5, 2015 R)
  • Medical Equipment that can help you remain independent-Take a audio visit of key equipment that will play a role in making your caregiving easier. (Feb 19, 2015, R)
  • Families vs Professionals: When to ask for help. Caregiving takes a team. Sometimes guardianship/conservatorship is the way to go. Attny David Hvistendahl explains. (Feb 12, 2015)
  • Preparing to be a Health Care Agent-What is a HC Agent and do you want to be one for your parents or loved ones?
  • Long Distance Siblings-Dick Schaaf returns to discuss the management of care when siblings are spread out across the country and emotionally disconnected. (Jan 15, 2015)
  • For the Love (and therapy) of Pets with Kelly Connolly. Don’t be too quick to remove your parent’s pets just because you think that pet isn’t safe. Listen in. (Jan 1 & Jan 8, 2015)
  • Adaptive Equipment for Older Adults with Angelene Volpatti, Occupational Therapist from Hospice of Dayton, OH. Learn just how an OT can benefit you in your caregiving, and what adaptive equipment is especially useful. (Dec 18, 2014)
  • Inviting Kindness into Your Caregiving with Robert V. Taylor, author of “A New Way to Be Human.” Robert challenges caregivers to consider a kindness mantra–both to their care receiver and towards themselves. (Dec 11, 2014)
  • Thanksgiving, 2014: I chose to repeat the very sweet show about PZ the dog and his owner–What Training a Dog Can Teach Us About Caregiving
  • Caring for Ourselves through our Hormones-As Women and as Caregivers, we must also take care of ourselves. Dr. Sara Gottfried provides huge insights into balancing our lives through hormones. Tune in!
  • Moving On from your Caregiving Role-We come full circle with Dick Schaaf as his role as caregiving to his mother-in-law ends. (Nov 13, 2014)
  • Women Giving Too Much-What is too much? How can you draw clear boundaries around your caregiving so that you also care for yourself? Coach Mary Schmid shares live giving tips. (Nov 6, 2014)
  • Music Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation–Singing, tapping a beat, learning to put words to music are all tools that can aid in the recovery process when one has suffered a stroke. Melissa Hirokawa demonstrates on this Unexpected Caregiver show.
  • Transitions and new roles in our lives call for us to transform ourselves. Reboot Your Life in 21 Days is Robert V. Taylor‘s gift to all of us giving care to others while also needing to care for ourselves. (Updated version, Oct 23, 2014)
  • Caring for a Mom with Depression-Teri Knight shares her heart-warming story of doing the impossible task of caring for her mother with severe depression and coming to grips with her ultimate suicide. (Repeat)
  • Using Healing Touch in your Caregiving-Diane Schmidt gives you a healing tool you can use with your care receiver and benefit from yourself. (Oct 9, 2014)
  • What Training a Dog Can Teach Us About Caregiving-Using children’s books is a delightfully surprising way to talk about tough issues. Martha Ritter has written “The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ,” a book for young people that will not only be fun to read, but will provide support to you in your caregiving journey through its rich characters and their individual struggles. (Oct 2, 2014)
  • Understanding the Benefits of Sensor Technology-It may seem like “Big Brother” to the older generation, but to family caregivers, using technology as a supportive caregiving tool can be a lifesaver. Bryan Fuhr of Healthsense explains. (Sept 25, 2014; repeat)
  • From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s disease: A former high-functioning executive who started forgetting little things that caused him much frustration, fought for over 10 years to obtain a diagnosis of Young Onset Alzheimer’s disease? Michael Ellenbogen returns, sharing his touching story. (Sept 18, 2014)
  • (No show Sept 11 due to the Minnesota Twins Baseball)
  • Begin Here-When a loved one dies you need a resource that will walk you through what to do and say, and today’s guest has created that tool for you. Join me and Kat Reed of Helping Survivors Manage, to tackle an often-avoided topic. (Sept 4, 2014)
  • Preparing to be a Healthcare Agent-Speaker and blogger, Anne Elizabeth Denny, author of My Voice, My Choice: A Practical Guide to Writing a Meaningful Healthcare Directive educates caregivers on the practicalities of being an agent. (Aug 28, 2014)
  • Living in Loss and Love: A supportive look into accepting the transitions of caregiving. (Aug 21, 2014)
  • Caring for Spouses Part 2 (Aug 14, 2014). Courage Center is mentioned as a resource.
  • An encore show about two women who became unexpected caregivers to their younger husbands: Caring for Spouses Part 1 (Aug 7, 2014)
  • Andre Best on Understanding a PCA-Can you be paid as a family member by becoming a PCA? Tune in to learn about your options. (July 31, 2014)
  • What Caregivers are Covered-To understand what type of caregiver is covered under your parent’s long term care insurance policy is critically important. Claim Jockey answers your questions. (July 24, 2014)
  • Caregivers Need Flexible Work Schedules-You’re a whole person when you show up to work. Learn from Teresa Hopke of Life Meets Work, creative solutions for working while giving care. (July 17, 2014)
  • Are your parents anxious or depressed? Nurse Tina and I discuss the difference and then she prescribes helpful solutions! (July 3, 2014)
  • Reverse Mortgages for Long Term Care Planning-How can a Reverse Mortgage help you plan for your long term care needs? Expert Beth Patterson explains. (June 19, 2014)
  • Real Estate Services for Seniors-Lisa Dunn, a specialist in real estate for seniors, walks us through selling your house with the help of a senior specialist. (June 12, 2014)
  • A Stressful Part of Caregiving: Hospitalization-Health Care expert Anne Tumlinson explains how to maneuver successfully through the hospitalization maze. (June 5, 2014)
  • Use Your 5 Senses When Giving Care-with Mental Fitness expert and author, Marge Engelman. By engaging your senses, you open up new pathways for higher brain function. (May 29, 2014)
  • The Daily Grind of Giving Care-Author Susan Allan Toth talks about the very human responses of doing daily cares for her husband with Parkinson’s disease.
  • From Addiction to Joy in Caregiving-Lori Foote shares he journey of letting go of the power she gained from being a care taker and embracing the joy in being a care giver. (May 15, 2014)
  • REPEAT: A communication app for caregivers-Tryn Rose Seley tells us about the new android app for caregivers to engage in better and richer communication with loved ones. (April 24, 2014)
  • The Person Behind the Dementia PatientCharles Schoenfeld retires from UPS, becomes a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), and shares touching stories about his interactions with the residents. (April 17, 2014)
  • Preparing for Life After LossMike Mullins guides us in how to prepare for the loss of your financial partner (April 10, 2014)
  • Remote Support-For those who care for a loved one with a dementia diagnosis, Ellen Belk of Keep In Mind, Inc. provides support from anywhere. (April 3, 2014)
  • Senior Centers as Key Resources when searching for caregiver help. Lynne Pederson of the Northfield Senior Center shares her insights into what one can expect from senior centers. (Mar 27, 2014)
  • When Grief CallsMary Rockefeller Morgan lost a very significant relationship in her 20s; her twin brother Michael. Over the years, Mary has learned much about losing the physical presence of someone so close and she shares her keen insights with us. (Mar 20, 2014)
  • A Second Career in Caregiving-After taking care of aging parents, Jim Miley and Peter Schwartz formed Symphony Senior Home Care as a second career. (Mar 13, 2014)
  • The Professional & Family Caregiver-Nancy Starr shares her journey caring for Mom and Dad while also running senior housing (Feb 27, 2014)
  • Post Caregiving-Moving out of your role as a family caregiver with Dick Schaaf (Feb 20, 2014)
  • Caring for Mom Across the Country-long distance caregiving that works out swell (Feb 13, 2014)
  • Repeat of Organizing Your Life with My Legacy Made Easy (Feb 6, 2014)
  • A communication app for caregivers-Tryn Rose Seley tells us about the new android app for caregivers to engage in better and richer communication with loved ones. (Jan 30, 2014)
  • Taking Care of X-Husband Part II-a great deal of this journey has to do with forgiveness and author and forgiveness expert Karen Scarpulla explains how she accomplished forgiving herself so that she could care for her X-husband through his death. (Jan 2, 2014)
  • Taking Care of X-Husband-an unbelievable story of giving care (Dec 26, 2013)
  • Blue Hydrangeas-A sweet novel detailing how Alzheimer’s disease affects the whole family (Dec 19, 2013)
  • A Journey of Beauty Part 2 (Dec 12, 2013)
  • A Journey of Beauty-a very touching story from Story teller and Healer Julia Uleberg, of a father’s end of life (Dec 5, 2013)
  • 101 Awesome Gifts to Give-with author Elaine Wilkes (Nov 28, 2013)
  • 10 Financial Mistakes to Avoid-Aaron Britz of Legacy Wealth Management explains the taboo subject of money (Nov 21, 2013)
  • Benefits of Downsizing-Mary Peterson explains how she lightened her load through giving up stuff.
  • What is Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease? A personal interview with Michael Ellenbogen (Nov 7, 2013)
  • Finances and Loss-specialized financial help for women (Oct 30, 2013)
  • The Unexpected Care RECEIVER-A very frank interview about being on the receiving and unexpected ends of needing care. (Oct 24, 2013)
  • Humor Supports Caregiving-an interview with blogger Dak Gustal (Oct 3, 2011)
  • Be in Charge of Your Choices with Jill Johnson (Sept 26, 2013)
  • Fitness for Caregivers-Strength Coach Doug Barsanti gives invaluable fitness tips (Sept 19, 2013)
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door-Author Katy Butler offers exquisite advice to lifting the burden of caregiving (Sept 12, 2013)
  • Aging and Sex-With Bloomberg News Reporter Bryan Gruley (Aug 29, 2013)
  • Older Adults & Addiction (Aug 22, 2013)
  • Claim Jockey-Getting long term care insurance claims paid (Aug 15)
  • Reboot Your Life in 21 Days with Robert V. Taylor (Aug 8, 2013)
  • Why Do I Need Training to Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s disease? Pam Brammann helps listeners understand how a little training helps make your caregiving easier. (Aug 1, 2013)
  • Organizing Your Life’s Work-Understanding the gift of getting all your documents in order with My Legacy Made Easy (July 25, 2013)
  • Assisted Vacations for Caregivers and Families with Thomas P. Stern
  • Understanding UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) in Older Adults with Nurse Tina
  • Never Too Old to Mentor with John Young, founder of MyMentorAdvisor.com
  • Music Therapy & Stroke Rehabilitation with Melissa Hirokawa
  • The Caregiver’s Caregiver-Because the caregiver needs support, too
  • Giving too much; how to help yourself-Healing compassion fatigue
  • Leaning on a Chaplin-Spirtiual guidance is crucial
  • Soul Service-Caring for a dying loved one with Christine Cowgill
  • The Call-A Mother’s Day Tribute with Anke Van De Waal
  • Stories of Hope from God’s Hotel with Dr. Victoria Sweet
  • Caregivers as Advocates for loved ones with dementia with Lori LaBey
  • What to Do When Someone Dies with Scott Taylor Smith
  • Hormones and Caregiving, an interview with Dr. Sara Gottfried
  • Long Term Care State of the Union with Deb Newman
  • The Ease of Estate Sales with Dana Arvidson
  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words with Tryn Rose Seley
  • Making the Move Gentle-When it’s time to move Mom and Dad
  • Every Caregiver Needs a Lift-with Katie Gilstrap
  • Ethical Wills-The Personal Will
  • Girlfriends with Aging Parents
  • The Senior Linkage Line
  • Caregiving is the Silent Crisis
  • Sandwiched Between Mother-in-Law and the Kids
  • Music Therapy Supporting Your Loved One and You
  • Products you don’t want to discuss but must
  • Finding a Shoulder (or Ten) to Lean On with author Jane Heller
  • Using Memory Magz to Connect with Your Loved Ones
  • You Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You with author Jane Heller
  • Inside Dementia: A Daughter’s Journey
  • A Difficult Time to be a Daughter
  • Expand Your Mind to Improve Your Caregiving, an interview with Marge Engelman
  • Unexpected Roles for Unexpected Caregivers with Cynthia and Wayne
  • A Caregiver’s Role-Welcome back Coy Cross
  • Family or Guardian? A conversation with attorney David Hvistendahl
  • Technology Enabled Care with Bryan Fuhr of Healthsense
  • Maintaining Your Boundaries: an interview with my brother Steve
  • Call Tubman Center for Caregiver Help
  • Keeping Your Home Fall Safe
  • The “Dhance,” a Caregiver’s Journey
  • Caring for a Mom with Depression
  • Increases in Assisted Living Costs, or Service Creep, with Nurse Tina
  • My Sister Has Huntington’s Disease
  • Can a Case Manager Help?
  • Comfort in the New Normal with Val Walker
  • Medical Equipment For Your Independence
  • The Impact of Health Care Reform on Caregivers with Michele Kimball
  • Sorting Out Home Care Options
  • Misconceptions of Military Support
  • Women and Loss: Help from Legacy Financial
  • 3 In 4 Need More
  • Vision Issues with Kate Grathwol
  • Learning to Reconnect With Anthony Cirillo
  • Relief From Stress and Anxiety with Breathing
  • Journeying through early onset Alzheimer’s disease with Rick Phelps
  • Positive Aging
  • The Personal Side of giving care to our spouses Part 2
  • The Personal Side of Giving Care to our Spouses
  • The Unexpected Caregiver – Committed But Not Married Pt 1
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Retrofitting Your Home
  • More on Senior Scams with Kris Maser
  • Be Wise to Scams with Gary Johnson
  • A look into Home Care with Karen Hanson
  • Tim Freeland’s Local Caregiving Story
  • Families Taking Care of Families (Five Tips)
  • You and Your Brain
  • Nurse in a Box with Nurse Tina
  • Pat Samples
  • Kari Berit on the holidays
  • Lessons in Love and Living with Dr. Reiss
  • I Can’t Hear You
  • The Greatest Uninsured Risk in Retirement
  • The Art of Comforting with Author Val Walker
  • Music Therapy: Supporting your loved one and you with Melissa Hirokawa
  • Caregivers Need Flexible Work with Teresa Hopke
  • Working with Alzheimer’s Disease with Andrea Kay
  • How To Find A Dental Home
  • An Unexpected Caregiver’s Story with Jonathan Rauch
  • Easing your parents’ move
  • Planning end of life care with 5 Wishes
  • Expand Your Mind With Marge Engellman
  • A Read on Alzheimer’s Disease with Katy Read
  • Long Term Care Funding update with Gayle Kvenvold, Pres and CEO of Aging Services
  • 3 in 4 Need More with Dr Marion
  • Generational Activities that Give Back–Making a Red Cross Disaster Kit
  • Lessons Learned From a Year of Playing Host to Mom/Mom-in-Law
  • Connie Goldman, Who Are You Now?
  • Dental Health for Your Loved Ones with Shirley Gutkowski
  • Understanding even more about LTC insurance with Deb Newman
  • Connie Goldman on Late Life Love
  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity with Sini Ross
  • Empowering Seniors to make their own decisions with Jill J. Johnson
  • Why we all need a little education on aging with Harry R. Moody of AARP
  • Ask Nurse Tina – Technology That Assists
  • Who helps your loved ones – Getting to know the aids with Tony Sexton
  • I’m your memory, Gen. Using Genealogy to tell your stories
  • By popular demand, Long term care insurance with Deb Newman
  • Touring Senior Housing with Jill J. Johnson
  • Begin Here-Help at the end of your loved one’s life, interview with Kat Reed
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship, an interview with Trace Schuppel of Action Conservators
  • Resources every caregiver needs: the Savvy Senior Sources Guide
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s, meds and behaviors with Nurse Emily
  • How AAHSA is Helping the Family Caregiver – an interview with President Larry Minnix
  • Getting help from a Geriatric Care Manager, interview with Beth Foss
  • Listening to your aging parents
  • Ask Nurse Tina about anxiety
  • Checking in around the holidays
  • Interview with Ed Lufkin
  • Stories from Verlyn Anderson
  • It takes “Gumption,” to grow old: a book review with author Faye Berger
  • The Promise of Care with Carey Lindeman
  • Ask Nurse Tina: UTIs
  • Healing Touch
  • Ask Nurse Tina: COPD
  • Connie Goldman on Stories of Caregiving
  • Spirituality and Aging with Keith Homstad
  • A personal Story of Alzheimer’s with Chris Lien
  • Ask Nurse Tina: Diabetes
  • Capturing Life Stories with Beth Sanders
  • Navigating the new health care with MN AARP directior Michele Kimbal
  • The Financial Cost of Time in Caregiving with Jennifer Ragborg
  • MN Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson – 8 points of extremely good advice
  • Assisted Living with Nurse Tina #3
  • Empowering yourself with your doctor with Trisha Torrey
  • Funeral Resources with Chris Hill
  • Fearless Caregiving with Gary Barg
  • Ask Nurse Tina #2: Understanding aging changes in your 5 senses
  • Embracing the Ill with Lori La Bey #2
  • Hiring someone else to manage your parent’s money – Kim Weimer
  • Ask Nurse Tina #1, Addressing changes in your parent
  • Alzheimer’s Speaks with Lori LaBey
  • Myths of Reverse Mortgages, Part II with Beth Paterson
  • Basics of Reverse Mortgages with Beth Paterson-Part I
  • Transforming long term care with Eric Schubert
  • When Mother-in-Law Moves, a conversation with Dick Schaaf, Pt 2
  • When Mother-in-Law Moves, a conversation with Dick Schaaf
  • Basics of Long Term Care Insurance with Deb Newman
  • Creating an ethical will with your parents
  • The five S’s of caregiving
  • Outside help for your parents with Karen Ekberg
  • Jan Malcolm, CEO of courage center
  • Tammy Briggs part 3
  • Northfield Senior Center, Lynn Pederson
  • Peter the Movie Guy reviews Cocoon
  • Poetry and Caregiving with Steven Augustus
  • Common Bonds of Caregiving
  • Interview with Michael Rousseau
  • Peter the Movie Guy reviews ‘Up’
  • ‘Your Brain’ with Dr. Paul Nussbaum
  • How to beat the holiday blues with Pat Samples
  • Call to Action update
  • Betty Fries and Mariyln Canfield interview
  • Gene Pearson interview
  • Lee Atkinson interview
  • Aging journey series | Caregiver stories
  • Peter the Movie Guy, Pt 3
  • The dangers of denying our age
  • Estate Planning for Blended Families with Dr. Jim McCabe
  • Peter the Movie Guy, Pt 2
  • You, your parent and their doctor
  • Financial Questions
  • Movies with caregiving themes
  • FIve Stages of caregiving grief
  • Fitness for the Brain
  • Fostering Communities for a Lifetime – Reporting on MN 2010 Project
  • Understanding legislation that affects aging & caregiving-Interview with Gayle Kvenvold, President & CEO Aging Services of MN
  • Talking with Mom and Dad
  • The legal side of aging and caregiving
  • Play
  • From stability to mobility with guest Amy Belcher
  • Storytelling
  • Using music in caregiving Pt I and II
  • Age assertive, Driving & mentoring
  • Your parents and money
  • Using video to preserve family stories
  • Making the decision
  • Intro to health care directives
  • Describing your new role as a caregiver