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Magnificent Aging Podcast

Apr 9, 2021

On this Magnificent Aging Podcast episode, Deirdre speaks to Pam Sheppard-Katra the Director of Social Services at Hancock Hall, a privately owned and operated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Danbury, Ct and Kathy Berry who is a geriatric nurse helping clients of Hancock Hall navigate thru Medicare. Although caring for your aging parents can be rewarding it can also be very daunting and with many hurdles. You do not want to miss this; it will help you get over the hurdles with ease and understanding. Enjoy Listening!

  • Discover the benefits of having a social worker help you and your family when your aging parent needs to transition from their home to a skilled nursing facility.
  • Saying no to your aging parent is hard, learn ways to say it with ease.
  • What happens when you and your siblings are not close, you are the one caring for mom or dad daily and they do not see the decline as you do. How do you deal with their disbelief? Learn ways to keep them in the loop.
  • Know the signs to look for that may indicate it’s time for your aging parent to move into an assisted living facility.
  • Learn to let go of the idea that YOU must do everything.
  • Why is it important to prepare early? For example, living will, power of attorney.
  • When it is time to take away “freedom” from your parent, from taking the car keys to paying bills? Tips to make the transition less stressful.
  • Getting outside help is crucial to your well-being but more importantly, it allows you to spend quality time with your parent as their child, not their caregiver. Great suggestions as to who you can reach out to for that added help.
  • The end goal for you and your family should be the same, “How do we get mom or dad the best care they need?” Hear why keeping the lines of communication open is crucial in reaching that goal.
  • Denial and guilt can be an overwhelming feeling certainly when caring for your aging parent. Discover ways to work through those feelings with the confidence that you have mom and dads’ best interest in mind.

Kathy’s favorite ice cream is Rocky Road from Il Bacio in Danbury, CT and the song that brings her back to her youth is Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road. When Kathy is not working, she loves to shop!

Pam’s favorite ice cream is Peanut Butter Fudge from Rich Farm and the song that brings her back to her youth is Madonna’s, Material Girl.  Pam loves spending her leisure time with her young son!

Kathy and Pam can be reached at or (203) 794-9466

This episode is sponsored by DeClutter By Deirdre, A Senior Move management. Helping You and Your Loved Ones DeClutter, Move & Live a Fuller Life. Take a look at my website

“Thank you for listening, I appreciate you!” ~Deirdre Dolan Nesline