Monthly Blog Archives: August 2012

A Look at Health Care Costs

Kari Berit interviews Michele Kimbal of MN AARP

Kari Berit interviews Michele Kimball of AARP

My insurance agent contacted me: Rates are going up again on my personal health insurance. I either accept the higher rate or reapply.

I don’t understand all the changes that are on the horizon for health care, and that’s one reason I interviewed Michele Kimball of MN AARP on The Unexpected Caregiver radio show. Michele clearly describes just a few of the benefits to family caregivers and their loved ones. In this time of sound-bite media, this is a refreshing interview on the Affordable Care Act.

And speaking of health care prices, my favorite assisted living nurse was on my radio show last Thursday, talking about how the cost of care can change with varying service levels in assisted living. Nurse Tina provides such clear examples and sound advice. Watch for a compilation of my Nurse Tina shows coming soon.

My Sister Has Huntington’s Disease

Kari with her sister AnneMy 51-year-old sister has HD—Huntington’s disease. She was willing to be on The Unexpected Caregiver radio show, but was nervous—not about telling her story, but about having a microphone in front of her! Anne has a large personality, but doesn’t like being singled out.

HD is a degenerative brain disease. It is unkind and inherited. Our mother had it. She inherited it from her father. It does not skip generations and does not favor one sex over the other. Anne has four children. They are at risk for HD. If none of her kids have the defective gene, then the disease stops with that generation and is finished in that family. That is our prayer. Read more »

Can a Case Manager Help?

Whether or not you need a case manager to help you sort out Mom or Dad’s hospital stays depends on how many things you want to guess at, versus getting informed guidance.

Pam Miles, Clinical Director at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown, PA, was my guest on The Unexpected Caregiver last week. Ms. Miles presented a clear-cut and helpful introduction to the role of case managers. Their professional organization is American Case Management Association (, and they provide a rich definition of their role: Read more »

Kari Berit Presents … A New Website

I am happy to announce the launch of the new, featuring a fresh and energizing new look and revised navigation to make it easier to get around the site and stay in touch. Read more »