Senior Living Today 2017-12-18T15:38:31+00:00

Luther Manor and 620 WTMJ have partnered together to produce a weekly show called “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.” The show airs every Sunday from 5-5:30 am on 620 WTMJ or online (click the “Listen Live” button in the upper right-hand corner). If you miss a show, you can find the archive below! The page will be updated every Monday.

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It’s that time of year. The holidays can bring with them unwelcome reactions, stress, and depression thanks to all of the demands they bring—decorating, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, and gift wrapping! It can be an overwhelming list especially for those who have recently lost a loved one or have chronic health conditions. Learn how you can help the seniors you love thrive during the holidays from Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living.

Show Archive

It’s the phone call you dread. Mom fell getting out of the shower and broke her hip and needs rehabilitation and assisted living services. What are you going to do next? In this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor join Senior Living Advisor Cindy Deck as she walks you through what you can do, who you should talk to, and how you can make sure you’re ready before your loved one needs long-term care.

70% of Americans 65 years of age and older will need some form of long-term care. Planning ahead ensures you get the care you need in the way you want — alleviating pressure and stress from your family. When the time comes, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing your wishes have been carried out. To discuss how to prepare for long-term care, join Greg Buxa, Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial, and Kathi Brueggemann, Resource Manager in this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.

Chronic loneliness affects more than 8 million seniors in the U.S. For the 28% of seniors who currently live alone, the lack of social interaction is considered more of a health risk than smoking or obesity. Tune in to this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor as Kathi Brueggemann, Resource Manager, and Jennifer Seaver, Director of Care Transitions, explain what you can do to help break the epidemic of social isolation and loneliness.

If you’re caring for a senior or adult in your home with physical or cognitive problems who can’t be left alone, you know that it’s important for them to be social and active while staying safe. But what is the best way to do this, and, how much does it cost? Amanda Bandkowski, Adult Day Program Manager & Kenneth Stelpflug, part of Luther Manor’s Healthcare Leadership Program explain the ins and outs of Adult Day Programming.

The men and women who serve our country deserve the very best their nation can offer them. In this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor, Jim Duff of the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office tells us about the best and most unknown benefits available to veterans and their families.

Gerontologists have become increasingly aware of the importance of spirituality to the well-being of seniors. After all, faith provides comfort, connection, and care. But, staying connected and vibrant in one’s faith can be challenging as age-related physical and emotional changes arise. Listen in as Tim McIntosh, Director of Pastoral Care, outlines ways to help your elder loved ones remain spiritual and grow in their faith, even as they grow older.

It’s the significant moments in our life, and those we spend with others, that need to be honored. Doing so can give a person a sense of meaning and value when they are alive, and can help us in our process of grieving when they pass away. Learn ways to honor and remember your loved ones in this episode of Senior Living Today with Tim McIntosh, Director of Pastoral Care, and Cherie Swenson, Executive Director of Luther Manor Foundation.

Whether it be in a hospital or senior living facility, many of us feel uncertain or worried about visiting our elderly loved one. There’s no need to fear! Tim McIntosh, Director of Pastoral Care, walks us through ways to help make those visits as helpful and meaningful as possible, from preparing beforehand for your visit and adjusting your communication style, all the way to what to bring and the best times to visit.

Have you ever given someone who struggle to receive it because they believed it wasn’t necessary or that they have everything they need? Maybe your parents? How about yourself? In this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor, we hear from a couple guests who have come to enjoy senior living as a gift for not only the seniors they love, but themselves!

For lots of us, a senior living community isn’t something we’d consider until it becomes necessary. When it does become necessary, our loved ones may struggle with the idea and the objections can be many. On this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor, Liz Eaton and Kathi Brueggemann from Luther Manor help us be prepared for the most common objections and how to help our loved ones overcome them.

When a parent or spouse develops a health-related issue requiring professional care, there can also be sticky legal complications and questions. What happens if my wife needs to move to a skilled nursing facility? How can I pay for senior living? What is the “look back period?” Join Elder Care Attorney Terry Campbell, of Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell, S.C., as he untangles the legal mysteries of long-term care.

One of the most complicated challenges of caring for your loved ones as they age is understanding the legal system. What exactly is an Elder Care Attorney and who would need one? What legal documents should seniors have in place? Terry Campbell, Managing Attorney at Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell, S.C. helps untangle the mysteries of elder care law.

There are so many living options available for seniors — including living at home or with a loved one, hiring a caregiver or home health agency, moving to a senior living community, and more! At a glance, it can seem the cost of a senior living community is more expensive than living on your own or hiring in-home help. But is that really the case? Join Senior Living Advisor Liz Eaton as she exposes the real costs of senior living!

Older adults face unique food-related challenges, such as loss of appetite. What are some of the ways, not only to entice seniors to eat, but to enjoy it more? What kinds of things do older adults need to be thinking about in regards to their diet and overall health? Registered Dietitians Krista Mertes and Megan Cornell explore healthy answers and solutions in this episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.”

The changing landscape of health care in the United States touches everyone but has an especially large impact on seniors. Join Stephanie Chedid, Luther Manor President and CEO, and Karen Gibbs, Aurora Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer and Luther Manor Board Member, as they discuss the future challenges and opportunities regarding healthcare as it relates to seniors and those who love them.

What exactly is a continuum of care? Simply put, it means there is a progression of healthcare services available for different stages of life. As a Life Plan Community (sometimes known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC), Luther Manor provides services from Independent Living to Supportive Living, to Assisted Living, to Skilled Nursing, to Hospice. Think of it as a “one-stop shop.” Senior Living Advisor Liz Eaton fills in the details in this episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.”

Growing old doesn’t mean giving up and coasting. Staying active and being a part of an environment that encourages lifelong learning and movement help to decrease isolation and increase overall wellness. What’s the secret to staying active, happy and engaged in your senior years? Get the answers from Life Enrichment Coordinator Jolene Erickson and Resource Manager Kathi Brueggemann!

87% of adults aged 65 and over want to stay in their current home as they age. The truth is, this may not be the best option. Find the questions you should be asking yourself and your senior loved ones when planning for the future, from home retrofitting, to financials and all the way to the activities of everyday life.

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, deciding where you want to live is a big deal. Will you feel comfortable in your surroundings? Are you going to like your new neighbors? Are they going to like you? Is there someone nearby to help you in an emergency when you need assistance? Find out the answers with Senior Living Advisor Cindy Deck in this episode of Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.

If you or a senior loved one are considering selling a home, there are a lot of questions you may be asking yourself. What actions should I be taking when considering senior home needs? What is involved in selling a home for seniors? What is the housing market like for those who want to sell? And, what am I going to do with all my stuff?! Navigate one of the biggest decisions of your life with Bruce Nemovitz, Senior Real Estate Specialist and author, and Melinda Stuart, Certified Senior Move Manager at Smart Moves.

When Rusty Tym, and his wife Sharon, were considering a move to Senior Living they encountered a lot of misconceptions. Join Rusty and Senior Living Advisor, Cindy Deck, as they share personal stories about the truth behind myths like, “I can’t afford Senior Living,” and “I’ll be lonely and bored.”

“I’ll lose my independence” and “I’ll have to give up my favorite hobbies” are just two of the myths surrounding senior living. Join Luther Manor resident, Joyce Heinrich, and Cindy Deck, Senior Living Advisor, as they dispel misconceptions people have about senior living.

Hospice is one of the most misunderstood stages of health care, even though 1.5 Americans received it in 2016. In this episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor,” Piper O’Brien, Interim Director of Hospice, and Rachel Coleman, Hospice Social Worker, shine some much-needed truth onto the myths surrounding hospice care.

It’s not just what you say, but how you say it. The subject of long-term care is a sensitive one. In this episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor,” Kathi Brueggemann, Resource Manager at Luther Manor, walks us through the life planning conversation process, including tips on what to say and what not to say, as well as the right time to discuss it.

The most important conversations we need to have with our loved ones are often the most difficult. While 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care, only 1 in 10 have talked with their spouse or loved ones about it. In this episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor,” Kathi Brueggemann, Resource Manager at Luther Manor, identifies the signs that let us know a conversation about long-term care is needed as well as how, where and when the conversation should take place.

This episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor” focuses on providing help and tips to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We also talk about the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day event on June 21, the summer solstice and longest day of the year. For those with Alzheimer’s disease and those who care for them, every day is the longest day. Learn how you can participate locally in this nationally recognized event.

Be prepared before crisis hits and you’re left to scramble! What can you do, who should you talk to and how can make sure you’re ready if Mom were to fall and break her hip? That’s the discussion on part two of this week’s Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.

Be prepared before crisis hits and you’re left to scramble! What can you do, who should you talk to and how can make sure you’re ready if Mom were to fall and break her hip? That’s the discussion on this week’s Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.