A Friends Life Care VigR® Podcast
Join Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR® in exploring what it’s like to get older. Host Cheryl Proska walks with you on the winding road of aging. The peaks. The valleys. And everything in between. This is what aging looks like. Real people. Real stories. Real advice. Let’s grow old, together.
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Health Advocacy: Help Navigating the Complex Healthcare System
Dr. Carolyn Trend shares her professional and personal experiences with health advocacy and how a health advocate can help you navigate the complex and frustrating healthcare system.
How Being a Standardized Patient Helped Me Effectively Talk to Doctors and Advocate for Myself
Jennifer Schwartz, Sara’s Friends Life Care Wellness Coordinator, joins this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR® for a co-interview. We learn what a standardized patient is, essential skills for this field of work, and lessons to take into our next healthcare appointment.
Living an Intentional Life
On this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR®, Autumn Nessler, a Certified Retirement Options Coach, shares how to live an intentional life through successful transition planning and looking beyond the financial side of retirement.
Hospice Care: It May Not Be What You Think
On this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR®, Shawn Schmitt discusses how hospice provides a whole system approach to end-of-life care. She also covers the practical and emotional sides of death and dying, dispels myths about hospice care, and normalizes the experience.
Real Estate Advice for the Solo Ager
There can be both practical and emotional sides to moving. Sarah Forti and Gina Bass of Forti homes work with clients on both. Listen along as we discuss the lifecycle of moving, including buying, selling, and considerations specific to older adults and solo agers.
Managing the Administrative and Organizational Responsibilities Required to Age in Place
On this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR®, Bode Hennegan, the Founder and President of Life Managers & Associates discusses the importance of bill paying, paperwork, home maintenance, and more.
Pets and Solo Aging: What to Consider
Katelyn (Weyrauch) Schunkewitz, MSW, Care Coordinator with Friends Life Care, covers topics older adults and solo agers may wish to consider before and during pet ownership like the benefits of having a pet, things to think about before getting a pet, resources for ownership, and more.
Loneliness: Causes, Effects, and Ways to Combat It
Ellen Houle and Beth Morley, Care Coordinators with Friends Life Care cover the causes, effects, and ways to combat loneliness. In addition, they discuss insights gleaned from Friends Life Care members about loneliness and ways our organization is dealing with the issue.
LGBT+ and Aging: My Journey Through Love, Life, and Loss
Robert Keppler joins us for an important conversation about aging in the LGBT+ community, supporting his partner through illness, ultimately losing his partner, and life after grief and loss.
Building Resilience for Successful Aging
Join Jan Zacharjasz as she shares concrete ways to build resilience in your daily life. She covers how mid- to later life transitions impact resilience, the nine traits that foster resilience, mindset shifts, and how we can manage a change impacting us now.
Patina Health: Reinventing Primary Care for Older Adults
On this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR®, Dr. Neil Patel, Chief Health Officer at Patina, discusses the disparities often experienced between the two and how Patina delivers high-quality care to older adults in new, innovative, and technology-enabled ways.
Tackling the Challenges Facing Today’s Solo Agers
On this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR®, Ailene Gerhardt guides us through the complexities of solo aging with resources and facts to help this cohort make informed decisions that reflect their personal values.
What You Need to Know About Medicare
On this episode of Honestly Aging by Friends Life Care VigR®, Kiersten Spitzenberger, a Medicare Specialist with Dan White and Associates, joins us to discuss the different parts of Medicare, what they cover, the cost, eligibility, and more.
The Many Facets of Grief and Loss: Help for the Solo Ager
We talk about grief and loss when someone dies, but can we grieve someone who is still living? How might we deal with the loss of “things” and compound grief over the years? What if we don’t feel close enough with anyone to share our grief?
Feeling Your Best as You Age
Hydration, nutrition, and exercise are critical to feeling our best as we age. Kiristin Briggs, MSN, CRNP, shares key components of all three, including information on the MIND DIET. Kiristin also covers supplements and why you should check with your healthcare provider before starting any.
How Palliative Care Can Support You in the Aging Process
Kate Phelan, a board-certified family nurse practitioner certified in palliative care, shares what palliative care consists of, how it differs from hospice care, real-life examples of how this type of care positively impacts patients, and more.
Aging Solo – Are You Taking Time for Self Care?
Might you benefit from having a therapist in your life? Katie Starrantino, LCSW, M.Ed, CDP, Friends Life Care Director of Wellness Initiatives, covers how solo agers can find the right fit with her top 5 considerations when selecting a therapist. She also debunks the stigma around “shrinks” and shares therapy successes.
Ageism and Its Impact on Today’s Society
What is ageism, and why should we care about it? Katie Reilly, PhD, explored this and more during her doctoral research on the existence of ageism. Listen to this podcast episode and better understand what ageism is, its negative repercussions, strategies to combat it, and more.
Demystifying Caregiving: An Inside Look at the Experience
Having a caregiver in your home helping with your activities of daily living can be an unfamiliar situation. On this episode of Honestly Aging by VigR Health, Annmarie Francis and Erin Price help demystify the caregiving experience.
Finding Your Passion After Retirement
On this episode of Honestly Aging by VigR Health, Shelley, also a Friends Life Care member, shares how Encore Creativity has been a creative outlet and social experience.
Memory and Aging: What’s Normal, What’s Not
Changes in memory occur as we get older. These changes may make us wonder, is this normal, or cause for concern. Gary Skole joins us to tackle this important topic.
Can Your “Forever Home” Meet Your Solo Aging Needs?
Kristin Swanick, CAPS, joins us to discuss accessibility, aging in place, home modifications, and more. Listen and learn actionable ways to make your home safer and more accessible, especially as you age.
Spirituality and Aging. Why We Care.
Advanced Planning for Solo Agers
Solo Travel: How I Set Myself Up for Success
So, What is Honestly Aging?
Joylyn Williamson, Friends Life Care Plan Counselor, joins us for our inaugural episode to discuss her unique experiences supporting her father through the aging process, being a solo ager, and working with prospective Friends Life Care members.
Honestly Aging by VigR Health Introduction
Meet Honestly Aging by VigR Health host Cheryl Proska. In this season of Honestly Aging by VigR Health, we’re covering topics related to solo aging. The peaks. The valleys. And everything in between. You’ll meet interesting people in each episode, hear stories, and get advice.