Feb. 17, 2018 - Parkinson's Disease and Boomers Leading Change
Dr. Drew Kern is our first guest this week. He is a movement disorders neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Kern's expertise is in Parkinson’s disease and he tells us that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about the features and complexities of the disease. It can show itself in different ways; shaking, stooped posture, dragging leg, even depression, cognitive impairment, dementia or hallucinations. Dr. Kern also tells us that there has been an explosion in the advancement of treatments for the disease.
Murf and Jayla welcome Phil Nash, Executive Director of Boomers Leading Change. Phil explains that baby boomers (people born from 1946 to 1964) have always been leaders of change in the U.S. Now, baby boomers are creating change about how aging happens in this country. The focus of Boomers Leading Change is to encourage people not to just retire, but instead rebalance their lives. That may include part-time work, volunteering, or seeking additional education. Phil tells us that older adults who stay active and involved in their community live longer by seven and a half years. Further, they avoid dementia and Alzheimer’s to a significantly greater degree. People who have a purpose simply age better. Learn about Boomers Leading Change’s opportunities, including the only AmeriCorps Encore Program in Colorado
Feb. 10, 2018 - Senior Advisor on Aging and 9Health Fair
Today's show features Wade Buchanan, the first Senior Advisor on Aging in the office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Wade explains this position is to help the Governor’s Office and state agencies plan and coordinate the wide range of programs and issues affecting aging and older Coloradans. Coloradans over 60 make up more than 20 percent of our population, and that number is growing. Wade’s challenge is to evaluate how all of these senior activities fit together; whether there are opportunities for collaboration, coordination and great efficiency, and identify gaos in service. Also on the program, Murf and Jayla welcome Gary Drews, President and CEO of 9Health Fair. Gary has extensive healthcare experience as CEO of Connect for Health Colorado and VP of the Colorado Health Foundation. Gary tells us that last year the 9Health Fair was attended by 50,000 people, many of whom say that the event is literally their health insurance. Run by 12,000 medical and non-medical volunteers, the Health Fair can offer a variety of tests including a basic blood panel for $35.00. Just two months ago, 9Health Fair introduced a new program designed to put tools in place for people to use to manage their health short of needing to interact with the healthcare system. Listen to Gary explain how you can access these tools to help you manage your own health
February 3, 2018 - Advocacy and American Heart Month
Jayla proudly introduces Murphy to Bob Roth, chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors. Bob is also the representative for Ward V on the Aurora City Council and has served on a variety of boards and committees in addition to his day job as a construction consultant. Bob explains many of Aurora’s efforts to support their senior citizens, including helping seniors stay active and involved in the community and to age in place. Bob and Jayla also discuss their recent trip to Washington to educate our national representatives on key issues and needs for our community.
February is American Heart Month. Murf and Jayla kick off the celebration of life with Mary Bateman, a survivor of congenital heart disease and relates her story over 8 years and 2 heart surgeries. They also discuss the difference in symptoms of heart disease between men and women and note that it is much harder for women to recognize the symptoms. How can you prevent heart disease? Mary recommends knowing your key numbers and taking care of your own health.
January 27, 2018 - Careers and nutrition
Do you often think about how to make changes in your life? What about planning your retirement? Our guest today, Bill Frank, founder and president of Careerlab, focuses on career planning, executive coaching and career transition. Bill gives us some tools to help us make decisions about our future. He notes that often changes in life are small subtle adjustments, not major changes.
Our good friend Ann Wolter returns to educate us about nutritional supplements. Known as the Healthy Lush because she is passionate about food, wine and health, Ann is a Certified Nutrition Therapist and founder of Wolter Wellness. Ann explains that supplements are a key to our health, because our food just isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. In addition our environment limits the amount of natural supplementation available to our bodies. Further, our poor diets complicate the issue. Are you part of the 1% that eats 7-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day? If not, we strongly suggest you listen to Ann before you go to Natural Foods and get overly confused. Also learn about a couple of vitamins and herbal supplements to avoid.
January 20, 2018 - Age Friendly Community Network
Murf and Jayla welcome back Bob Murphy, state director of AARP Colorado, which has almost 700,000 members. Bob introduces us to their Age Friendly Community Network. This is a program designed to encourage residents, businesses and especially policy makers to put plans in place to allow people to age in their own homes. Learn about many of the issues and challenges that need to be considered, including affordable housing, transportation, communications, socialization opportunities, and more. Back again for another discussion that you need to hear is our Ninja Doc, Noah Kaufman, an ER doc from Poudre Valley Hospital. This week he is explaining norovirus, the most common type of stomach flu. Although it only lasts 12-48 hours, it is very contagious and intense. As doc explains, this can lead to even more serious problems such as dehydration and electrolyte problems. Heart problems, high heart rates, muscle cramps can accompany the standard symptoms of stomach flu. If this happens to you, go to the ER! Best way to avoid catching norovirus? Wash your hands frequently, or use sanitizing gels.
January 13, 2018 - Robotic companions
Murphy and guest Jennifer Reeves from DRCOG welcome Dr. Mohammad Mahoor, an Associate Professor of computer engineering and computer science at Denver University. Dr. Mahoor is the founder and director of the machine learning and social robotics lab at DU. He has developed an artificial intelligent robot named Ryan. What does Ryan do? He is a socially intelligent therapeutic robot designed to relate to lonely, isolated people with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. How does this work? Ryan is a conversationalist; he recognizes emotions and feelings and can empathize with his friends. He remembers conversations and even has a sense of humor. Ryan can also be customized for every patient to remind people to take their pills, etc. Ryan was also developed to assist children with autism. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion that will blow your mind! Also on the program, Andrés Guerrero, the manager of the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at the Colorado State Health Department, returns to give us more information about opioids in Colorado. As a state, Colorado is somewhere in the middle of preventing opioid addiction. Andrés notes that the number of deaths is leveling off, but there is a lot more work to do. Much of that is the education of doctors and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Andrés also explains how we can recognize people that are overdosing on opioids and what we should do about it.
January 6, 2018 - Good sleep
Dr. Jean Tsai, an assistant professor of neurology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and the director of the sleep program at Denver Health, joins Murf to talk about a variety of issues concerning sleep and how is works in regards to our basic health. Adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep nightly. Learn what you can do if you have difficulty falling asleep. Find out about sleep apnea, how to test for it and how to treat it. Murf and Jayla also welcome Dr. Christina Vaughan. Dr. Vaughan works with our friend, Dr. Benzi Kluger, in the Department of Neurology Supportive and Palliative Care Clinic at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Dr. Vaughn explains that their clinic treats patients who have neurologic diseases with a medical approach where the focus is on the quality of life. This approach includes not only the patient, but the family and caregiver as well. The clinic also councils patients on coping and future planning. Dr. Vaughan explains this extensive care is best accomplished with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
December 30, 2017 - Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly
Jayla weclomes Kyra Lanphier from the AAA ombudsman staff today to talk about the PACE Ombudsman program at DRCOG. Kyra is the first PACE ombudsman in the Denver area. Kyra explains that PACE, or Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, is designed to provide all of a senior’s care at a day care center. The purpose is to keep people living in their communities and avoid nursing home placement. People qualify for PACE by being 55 years and older, living in certain metro zip codes, and needing nursing home level of care. Because the PACE Program recently was opened up to for-profit companies, the PACE Ombudsman program at DRCOG was created to represent clients and to make sure they are getting the care and services that they really need.
Also on the program, our own No Copay Doc, Dr. Noah Kaufman, gives us the latest details about the flu season this year in Colorado. Doctors are most worried about children and older adults. The virus this year is the H3N2 virus. Learn about symptoms to be aware of, and what to do to help prevent getting the flu or spreading it to your family.
December 23, 2017 - The arts and healthy aging
Can you dance? Do you paint? How about acting? Meet Chris Stevens, cultural coordinator for the City of Greenwood Village. Chris explains to us the many ways we can get involved with the arts and the research that indicates involvement in the arts is a key to healthy aging. Chris states that there are two ways to participate: as an observer of the arts, going to plays, concerts, museums; the other way is to engage in the arts by taking classes, group participation. Research shows that both of these paths provide great benefits to us as we age. Also on the program, Jayla discusses DRCOG, the Denver Regional Council of Governments. It is an association of 56 local governments that deals with regional problems in the metro area. Learn about its three major areas of focus: transportation, planning, and aging. Jayla is the Director of the Area Agency on Aging, and their primary motivation is to help you stay independent in your home for as long as possible.
December 16, 2017 - Institute for Healthy Aging
Dr. Lotta Granholm from the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University of Denver is this week's guest. Dr. Granholm, whose background is in neuroscience, explains that the institute is a new and experimental program at DU. The main focus of the Institute is to create interdisciplinary research groups to promote healthy aging. These are more unusual combinations such as business, or engineering, or law, maybe financial services in conjunction with concerns associated with aging. In the future, Dr. Granholm suggested that your financial adviser might be working with your doctor to guide your future success.
Also on this week's program, Jayla, director of the Area Agency on Aging at DRCOG, updates us on her trip to Washington, D.C. this week. The initial purpose for the trip was to ask for additional funding for seniors as our community is growing rapidly. However, that message rapidly changed to “PASS THE BUDGET!” Listen as Jayla explains how this funding from D.C. works and how it dramatically affects the lives of seniors in our community.