April 21, 2018 - 9Health Fair, Drug Takeback Day
It’s that time of year again: Murf and Jayla welcome back Gary Drews, the CEO of 9Health Fair, who tells us that this year over 100 Colorado communities will host a 9Health Fair, thanks to over 12,000 volunteers from around the state. Fairs begin Saturday, April 21. Gary reminds us that the health fair is always revising their exams based upon new medical research that occurs each year. The lab tests are very low cost, probably about 10 percent of typical fees. 9Health Fair also believes in transparency, so you understand the costs up front. Many health fairs have Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist. Further, no ID’s are required and the results can be mailed anywhere. Go to www.9healthfair.org and find out where and when you can attend. Also, on the website or on the 9 HealthFair Facebook page, you will find a simple short survey that will help 9 Health Fair improve their services and offerings in future years.
Also on today's program, Percy Devine III discusses the seriousness of opioids and the drug takeback day that is coming up on April 28. Percy is the Bi-Regional Administrator for Community and represents the Assistant Secretary for Aging and advocating for seniors in 11 states. This past year, Percy served on the Health and Human Services Opioid Committee and explained that opioids are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. with over 20,000 deaths just last year alone. Percy also stresses that older adults need to better understand drug interactions. More than 80 percent of older adults take at least one pill per day, and 50 percent of this group takes more than five pills daily. Further, the number one way children get access to opioids is in their parents/grandparents medicine cabinets. Please participate in Drug Take Back Day on April 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Go to https://takebackday.dea.gov/ and enter your zip code to find the closest location.
April 14, 2018 - Alzheimer's disease
This week Dr. Huntington Potter joins us for our entire show. Dr. Potter is the leading authority on Alzheimer’s disease in the Rocky Mountain region. He is professor and vice chair for basic research, department of neurology, and the director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Colorado. Dr. Potter’s laboratory seeks to identify and develop new therapies to stop Alzheimer’s disease, to reverse its cognitive effects, and to ultimately cure the disease forever. Dr. Potter explains what Alzheimer's disease is and how it is different than dementia. Learn how people get the disease and what you can do now to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Dr. Potter also tells us why it is taking so long to develop new therapies and provides some insight into the current status of their research and the goal of earlier diagnosis and prevention.
April 7, 2018 - BrokenHealthCare.org and Foundation for Financial Wellness
This week we welcome back David Silverstein of BrokenHealthcare.org. The purpose of Broken Healthcare is to transform our healthcare system by providing transparency for the medical treatments we pay for. David is excited to report that this week major legislation has been introduced at the Colorado State Legislature. Further, Broken Healthcare has just begun collecting signatures for a ballet measure for vote this fall in case the bill does not pass. So what does this mean? The concept is to bring real transparency to the healthcare market by requiring every healthcare provider to publish their retail price list before your insurance is applied to it. This applies to doctors, hospitals and all healthcare services. It also requires that insurance providers publish what they have negotiated with the healthcare provider. If you support David’s efforts, please call or email your state senator.
Our next guest is Brent Hines, the founder and Chairman of the educational non-profit, Foundation for Financial Wellness. Brent tells Murf and Jayla that the purpose of the Foundation is to improve people’s lives by empowering them to take control of their financial lives. Financial planning is personal. It affects all of us. As Brent discusses, you only get one chance at retirement. It is critical that you plan well. In addition to financial education, the foundation concentrates on behavior making financial decisions. The foundation has recently introduced a new program called Legacy Resource Center. This program talks about life and legacy and helps people with their end of life planning and how to settle estates.
March 31, 2018 - Aging in Westminster and Go Go Grandparent
Murf and Jennifer Reeves welcome Westminster Mayor and DRCOG Chair Herb Aitchison to this week's program. Mayor Aitchison explains that seniors are the largest growing age group in Westminster and the city is working hard to provide the services and facilities that seniors want and require, such as classes, health and wellness seminars, housing assistance, and many volunteer opportunities. City Council also meets with citizens to find out their interests and concerns. Learn about these and many other opportunities that people in Westminster can benefit from. Mayor Atchison encourages you to consider Westminster if you plan on making a move.
Transportation is critical for seniors to age in place. Murf and Jennifer introduce us to a new service to make our connection to transportation much easier. Justin and David tell us about their company, Go Go Grandparent. A business concept developed when Justin assisted his grandmother who wanted to contact Uber for transportation without a smart phone, Go Go Grandparent allows you to sign up with them and then make a single, simple call: all of the arrangements and follow through are made by Go Go Grandparent. Founded only three years ago, the company has now helped schedule rides in 7000 cities. Soon to be developed is a Spanish version and additional services to keep seniors in their homes.
March 24, 2018 - World Humor Organization and Project Angel Heart
Ever heard the statement, “A hearty laugh is good for the soul?" This week, Bob Wells and Dave Johnson, actors, directors, writers and co-founders of the World Humor Organization and Chickenlips, explain that good things are happening for your body, mind and your spirit when you laugh. Laughter can lower your blood pressure, increase your heart rate, strengthen your immune system and may even lower blood sugar. As we get older, we get wiser, but we don’t laugh enough. Children laugh 200-300 times a day. Adults laugh about 10-15. Bob also tells us how laughter helped him through his own health challenge.
Also on this week's program Murf and Jayla talk to Leslie Scotland-Stewart, director of business development for Project Angel Heart. Since 1991, Project Angel Heart’s mission has been to deliver medically tailored meals to people dealing with life-threatening diseases. On average, Project Angel Heart’s clients are dealing with seven different diagnoses, and their nutritional requirements can be very complex. Everything is made from scratch to meet their needs. In fact, they consider their client’s nutritional needs as important as their medication. Find out why as Leslie tells us more.
March 17, 2018 --Retirement costs and estate planning
Murf and Jayla welcome Kim Curtis. Kim is the CEO of Wealth Legacy Institute and best-selling author of Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing. Kim has also been featured on several national TV networks as well as the Wall Street Journal.Kim addresses many of the key financial questions associated with retirement: what is the best age to retire? When should I begin taking Social Security? How much money do I need to retire? What will healthcare cost in retirement? Should I pay off my mortgage? Kim addresses these questions and many more significant topics.
Murf, Jayla and Kim also visit about key issues like how to age successfully and the value of having health directives and estate documents. Don’t miss this valuable discussion about financial considerations in retirement.
March 10, 2018 - Active Minds and Nymbl Science
Our first guest on No Copay Radio this week is John Henderson of Active Minds. John explains that Active Minds provides high-quality educational programs designed to expand the lives and minds of adults, primarily age 55 and older. The programs are provided throughout the metropolitan area in environments convenient for seniors and conducive to learning. Attendees have no exams to prepare for and no books to read. It’s all about learning for learning’s sake. John also tells us that Active Minds provides a social environment for attendees and creates a sense of community. Check out their programs at www.activeminds.com.
Also this week we welcome Ed Likovich, COO of Nymbl Science, a Colorado-based digital health startup focused on falls prevention through balance evaluation and training. Ed tells us that one in three seniors fall every year. Most falls are preventable. Why do people fall? There are three main reasons for falls; lack of leg strength, fear of falling, and the brain and body stop working well together. Ed also tells us about a new partnership for Nymbl Science with the University of Colorado Health. To find out more, go to www.nymblscience.com.
March 3, 2018 - Flu prevention and NextFifty
It’s still with us! Yes, the flu is still in Colorado and not leaving any time soon. Dr. Bernadette Albanese from the Tri-County Health Department explains that this year is the worst of the 10 years that TCH has tracked the flu in Colorado. Flu cases actually peaked in December in Colorado, but have not dropped off entirely. Learn what is meant by the flu shot being 60 percent effective. This year, the flu has been exceptionally challenging for the senior community. What are the symptoms of the flu? Can the flu shot still benefit you? Dr. Albanese explains how the shot can still help in two ways. Also find out how to help prevent the flu and the whether those hand sanitizing gels are effective.
Also on today's program is Margaret Franckhauser, president and CEO of the NextFifty Initiative, a new Colorado-based grant making foundation dedicated to aging. NextFifty's grantmaking activities cover all aspects of aging, including health, housing, transportation, security and financial stability. A minimum of 80 percent of their grants must stay in Colorado. Margaret explains that surprisingly, only two percent of giving in the U.S. goes to aging causes, even though this is the largest-growing segment of the population. As there are very few funders in the aging community, Margaret is focused on ensuring the NextFifty Initiative will become a model for the rest of the country.
Feb. 24, 2018 - Better Business Bureau
This week, No Copay Radio is fortunate to host two guests from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Suzann Bacon Taylor has been with the BBB serving Denver for more than 17 years. The BBB has been a nonprofit organization since 1912 with more than 100 offices throughout the U.S. As one of its primary functions, their dispute resolution department in Denver resolved over 19,000 complaints! Suzann explains how people can resolve a variety of complaints through the BBB and most of the services are free. Seniors are the largest beneficiary of the BBB’s services. Ezra Coopersmith, the Investigations Coordinator for Marketplace Fraud with the BBB in Denver, also joins us to discuss the large variety of scams we all need to pay attention to. The largest category of scams is called phishing, where the scammer attempts to solicit sensitive information. Forty percent of scams the BBB investigates fall into this category. Ezra also discusses the recent nationwide study on romance scams. Although not a significant per cent of scamming, it represents one of the meanest and most expensive of all scams, costing an average of $4,000 per scam. Ten percent of scams reviewed by the BBB are online purchase scams.
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