June 30, 2018 - City of Arvada, GZSobol Parkinsons' Network
Jayla introduces, Bob Fifer, Arvada councilman-at-large and DRCOG Board vice chair. Bob is involved in numerous local organizations, and served as mayor pro tem from 2015 until 2017. Bob tells us that by 2035, on-third of Arvada’s population will be over the age of 70! In a city with 117,000 residents, Arvada is committed to helping the older population stay in Arvada and stay actively involved. Since 2004, Arvada has contributed over $2.2 million in 40 local agencies/nonprofits that specialize in providing those necessary services, including, food, transportation, socialization, and many more. As an example, Bob tells us about Arvada’s Essential Home Repair Program. This program assists their older population who has limited resources to repair their homes, stay in their homes and save the taxpayer dollars at the same time. Bob is certainly a strong advocate for supporting seniors in Arvada. Also on today's program, our friend Gary Sobol joins us again to talk about his organization, the GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008, Gary learned that certain exercises could dramatically improve the quality of his life. In 2012 he designed and created a Parkinson’s boot camp class designed to incorporate exercises that target the specific deficits that people with the disease experience. In seven years, Gary’s program has grown dramatically and classes are now taught in 35 states. Gary has discovered that these same exercises assist people with MS, stroke, and other health conditions. Gary is most proud of a study at Colorado Health with a Parkinson’s expert that showed in a year and a half long exercise program, no one in a class of 15-20 regressed. By 2020, he hopes to be in all 50 states. Gary's classes are Silver Sneakers-approved and the National MS Foundation will give scholarships to Gary's classes for MS patients. Go to www.parkinsonsnetwork.org for more information.
June 23, 2018 - Brothers Redevelopment, Wish of a Lifetime
Murf and Jayla welcome back Jeff Martinez, president of Brothers Redevelopment. Jeff explains that Brothers is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides housing and housing-related services to more than 20,000 residents across the state. Within the past year, Brothers has introduced an Aging in Place program designed to help seniors age in place at home longer and safer. They even do house calls through their Senior Service navigators and coordinators. Jeff also talks about their home modifications for seniors to improve in-home safety and mobility. Congratulations are in order for Brothers Redevelopment as their popular Paint-A-Thon program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
In our second interview, meet Tom Wagenlander, executive director of Wish of a Lifetime. Tom explains that Wish of a Lifetime strives put a face and a story to issues that many seniors deal with. One of those significant issues is isolation. Wish of a Lifetime was founded by Jeremy Bloom, Olympic skier and professional football player, in 2008 as a tribute to his grandmother, Donna Wheeler. Tom tells us wishes that are granted are not vacation-based but focus more on purposeful experiences to share and inspire people. The organization has grown over the past 10 years and is currently granting almost 200 wishes per year. Do you know of someone deserving of a Wish of a Lifetime? Find out more at https://wishofalifetime.org.
June 16, 2018 - CCHI and Front Range Theater Company
Murf and Jenn Reeves welcome in Adela Flores-Brennan and Stephanie Arenales from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI). Adela is the executive director of CCHI and Stephanie has just started as the program manager of the Consumer Assistance Program. CCHI is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit membership organization working to get all Coloradans affordable, high-quality and equitable health care. CCHI represents 50 non-profit organizations—mobilizing well over 500,000 consumers—to shape effective health care policy. CCHI has just launched Stephanie’s new program that was funded by our new sponsor, NextFifty Initiative. The program is designed to directly assist consumers with their health care issues. Currently Stephanie is experiencing three aspects of need; people who receive surprise out-of-network billing, people who have their claims denied and people who are having trouble accessing hospital assistance programs. Find out more about CCHI and the new Consumer Assistance Program or request assistance at help@COhealthinitiative.org.
Nicole Iannone, Laurilea McDaniel and Mitch Samu from the Front Range Theatre Company join the crew to talk about a new play written by Mitch that is being sponsored by NextFifty Initiative. The play, called “A Kiss for my Daughter/A Kiss for my Father," relates the story of a father/daughter relationship through life that is very close. As the father ages, his dementia forces their relationship to change and the daughter realizes that she is now her father’s caregiver. Following the play, experts visit with the audience about the subject and provide many of the resources available to assist caregivers. The hope is to open up discussion and thus help caregivers deal with the struggles they face. For more information, please contact the group at www.frontrangetheatre.org.
June 9, 2018 - Pharmacists, NextFifty
Our first guest this week is Dr. Jacci Bainbridge, professor at the University of Colorado Medical Campus in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Dr. Bainbridge tells us the average person over age 60 takes between seven and 13 medications. Dr. Bainbridge talks about some of the important questions we should be asking our pharmacists. Questions such as; “Is this the right medication, right dosage and right frequency for me?” Also , "Should these meds be taken with or without food? What does that mean?" Your pharmacists are a great reference regarding any interactions with the medications you are taking and also good at helping you determine herbal or vitamin problems that might exist with your medications. They can find out about upcoming drug clinical trials. Dr. Bainbridge tells us about the recent results of an Australian trial called the ASPREE Study regarding aspirin for people over 70. Welcome back Margaret Franckhauser, President and CEO of NextFifty Initiative. We are thrilled to announce that the NextFifty Initiative is now a proud sponsor of No Copay Radio. NextFifty Initiative is a new Colorado-based grant making foundation dedicated to aging. Their goal is to fund mission-driven initiatives that improve the community services for older adults and caregivers. Margaret explains the challenge is to find people who have the best ideas in aging and provide them the fuel to bring these ideas to the Colorado community. Key for consideration will be ideas that are innovative, collaborative and sustainable. This includes a wide variety of areas and not just limited to health care. No Copay Radio is so fortunate to be partnering with NextFifty Initiative and we will be hearing from many of the innovative award winners in the next several months.
June 2, 2018 - Get outside with Park Rx and Tagawa Gardens
Murf and Jayla have a very interesting conversation with Dr. Robert Zarr. Dr. Zarr is a pediatrician at Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C. and is the founder and medical director of Park Rx America. One in three Americans have one or more chronic diseases, and many have an independent risk factor of inactivity along with obesity. Dr. Zarr is leading the charge for physicians and other medical professionals to prescribe nature as they would a medication. Over 400 independent studies show that nature does have a measureable impact on our health and wellbeing; even changes in overall mortality. Dr. Zarr recommends actually writing a prescription with very specific advice about how patients should participate in nature. To complement Dr. Zarr’s recommendation, Murf and Jayla welcome our longtime friend, Luan Akin. In a previous life, Luan was a reporter for KCNC and is currently garden outreach ambassador for Tagawa Gardens. Gardening allows us to get out in nature, to get away, enjoy the quiet and burn calories at the same time. It can also be a learning experience and a diversion for our stress. Lu recommends we reach out of our comfort zone and try something new. That is a way we can learn about nature and ourselves as well.
May 26, 2018 - Skin cancer and back pain
Murf and Jayla welcome Dr. Peggy Liao, a dermatologist with the Denver Skin Clinic, to discuss skin cancer and what we can do about it. Dr. Liao tells us that one in five Americans will get skin cancer by age 70. Skin cancer is much more prevalent in Colorado. Dr. Liao explains the various types of skin cancer and the symptoms to look for. She recommends using your ABCD&E’s; Asymmetry, Borders, Colors, Diameter and Evolving when you are doing self-exams. Learn how to protect yourself and how to select the type of sunscreen that will work best for you. Older adults are at greater risk for skin cancer. If you are of Hispanic, African-American or Asian descent, you are sometimes at greater risk. Find out why. In the second half of the program we welcome back Dr. Scott Bainbridge, founder of MindYourPain, Denver Back Pain Specialists and a research division called DBPS Research. Dr. Bainbridge tells us that 80 perent of us will suffer from severe back pain at some point in our lives. At Denver Back Pain Specialists, they believe that managing back pain takes a multi-modal approach. In addition to having quality professionals diagnose and treat back pain, Dr. Bainbridge has added additional tools such as physical therapy, massage and recently has added the behavioral health side. Behavioral health issues can increase pain, lesson ability to cope with pain, and lead to additional problems such as opioid and alcohol abuse. Dr. Bainbridge also helps us understand how doctors are currently diagnosing, prescribing and monitoring opioid use by their patients.
May 19, 2018 - Epilepsy, ElderWatch, Fraud Watch
Dr. Cornelia Drees joins Murphy and Jennifer Reeves to talk about epilepsy options for treating this condition. Dr. Drees is an associate professor in the department of neurology at University Hospital and specializes in epilepsy surgery. She explains that epilepsy is a disease where people have a tendency or disposition to have seizures without any trigger. Dr. Drees tells us that epilepsy is generally not genetic but develops out of the blue, possibly from scars on the brain. Medications are the first line of treatment and are effective in 60 percent of patients. Those patients who do not respond to medication can consider surgery with low risk in surgery if they are otherwise healthy. Murf and Jenn’s second guest is Mark Fetterhoff. Mark is a senior program specialist with the AARP Foundation and works with a crew of volunteers to address thousands of inquiries about fraud, scams and financial exploitation as a part of the AARP Foundation ElderWatch and AARP Fraud Watch Network. ElderWatch is a partnership between the Colorado Attorney General’s office and the AARP Foundation and has been active for 16 years. Phone scams represent 75 percent of scams ranging from tech support offerings to IRS violations. Mark suggests we all need to protect ourselves by first being skeptical. There is also technology that can assist in protecting us. Place your name on Do Not Call lists and ask your phone provider what types of services they have to help block calls. Also be aware of door-to-door offers of service. Mark’s best advice…if it seems to be too good to be true, consider it a red flag!
May 12, 2018 - A Little Help and Accountable Health Communities
Amanda Gregg, director of member growth from A Little Help, joins Murf and Jayla in their first interview. Amanda tells us that A Little Help is a Colorado nonprofit that connects neighbors to help seniors thrive. They do this by encouraging neighbors of all ages to volunteer for direct services to empower the elders in our communities to live interdependently and with a high quality of life. A Little Help includes services such as transportation, yard work, handiwork, walking dogs and most importantly social contact. Jayla tells us that as one of the fastest growing states for seniors, community services are desperately needed in Colorado. A Little Help is currently in Denver and Jefferson counties, and soon to expand to Chaffee, Delta and Larimer counties. In the second half of the program, Jayla introduces Kirsti Klaverkamp, coordinator of the Accountable Health Communities program at DRCOG. This is part of a national initiative, bringing with it a $4.5 million grant that connects the clinical world with the world of community services. As Kirsti points out, clinical healthcare is very important but it only accounts for about 25 percent of a person’s health outcomes. The remaining 75 percent is based upon the social health related needs of the individual following their medical treatment. This program is targeted to combine those two worlds and evaluate the outcomes. Five clinical health partners in the region are working with DRCOG. They help provide information to the social community once a patient’s health treatments are completed. Jayla tells us that NextFifty Initiative has also granted DRCOG additional funds to provide many of those services. Over the next 5 years, the program will collect the data to determine if this overall approach improves health outcomes while at the same time reducing medical costs.
May 5, 2018 - Strokes, oral health
Dr. Mark Murray joins Murf and Jayla this week to educate us about strokes. Dr. Murray is an interventional neurologist at the Centura Health Physicians Group Neuroscience and Spine department. May is American Stoke Month and Mark explains what strokes are. He tells us you can recognize the signs and symptoms by using the acronym FAST. That stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. Learn what to look for and how to identify a possible stoke. What should you do? Call 911 immediately! Treatment of strokes has advanced dramatically and Dr. Murray explains some of the options the doctors can consider, as well as many of the contributing factors to strokes and how to lower your risk. Also on the program, Jayla and Murf welcome Dr. Cheryl Lerner. Dr. Lerner is the vice president of Network and Clinical Management at Delta Dental of Colorado, and joins us to talk about the connection between oral and overall health. That’s because the mouth is an important early warning system for more than 120 diseases. Further, 90 percent of systemic diseases—diseases that affect organs and tissues or affect the body as a whole have signs and symptoms in and around the mouth. Dr. Lerner tells us that if your mouth isn’t healthy, your body is more susceptible to serious diseases. In fact, recent studies are even showing some association between oral health and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Delta Dental is working to bridge the gap between oral health and medical care.
April 28, 2018 - AARP and Seniors' Council of Douglas County
On today's program we are joined again by Jane Barton. The founder of Cardinal, LLC, Jane is a passionate educator of caregivers. She is the author of "Caregiving for the GENIUS", and is the Caregiving Ambassador for AARP. In this capacity, she provides educational programs for personal and professional caregivers throughout Colorado. Jane personally was called to caregiving at age 15 when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has turned a sad situation into something meaningful by helping other people learn and deal with caregiving. Jane does this by providing information and resources to make informed decisions. Watch for Jane’s educational programs through AARP called Careful Conversations. Jane travels the state for live educational programs and is working on podcasts for AARP. Also on today's program, Murf visits with Donna Foerster. Donna and her husband, Rich, live in Douglas County and donate their volunteer time to “seasoned adults." Donna is currently chair of the Seniors' Council of Douglas County. The Council is an advocacy group that promotes living well and aging well in Douglas County. They achieve this by providing education, advocacy and collaboration for the senior residents.