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“Senior Living Today with Luther Manor” is a helpful and engaging senior living podcast that was created in partnership with 620 WTMJ. If you have a question about senior living, our podcast is designed to give you and your loved one helpful knowledge and peace of mind.

Explore all of our podcasts for seniors below. And if you have any questions, one of our friendly associates would be happy to share the answers. Just email us at [email protected] or call 414.464.3880 today.

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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!

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, and an Adult Day Program. Think of it as a “one-stop shop.” Senior Living Advisor Liz Eaton fills in the details in this episode.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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, Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living 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.

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, Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living 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.

“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.

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.”

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.

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. Senior Living Advisor Liz Eaton and Director of Independent Living Kathi Brueggemann help us be prepared for the most common objections and how to help our loved ones overcome them.

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

A 2015 AARP report estimates nearly 2 in 10 U.S. adults have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. Sandy Patterson provided care for her husband for a number of years. In this episode, she shares her personal experience as a caregiver for a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease and how it important it is to find help.

Approximately 1 in 3 people has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the time they reach the age of 65. Joining “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor” is Dr. John Conto, Optometrist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with eye care and health tips for seniors.

In this episode, author and former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber shares lessons from his decade-plus journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. You can learn more about Marty and Elaine’s story at

Seniors are more inclined to experience illnesses not present in the general population, requiring different medications. Pharmacist Lori Pachefsky walks us through what to consider and who to consult about prescriptions and over-the-counter treatments.

Most older drivers recognize and avoid driving situations where their limitations put them at risk, but with the exception of teens, seniors have the highest crash death rate per mile driven. Is your older loved one no longer a safe driver? Talking to your senior loved one about his or her driving is difficult. Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living, shares when, and how, to have this talk.

Ah, the good old days! In this episode, we travel back in time to the Milwaukee of the 1920s & ‘30s with Joel Willems, Curator of the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear.

3 in 10 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss, but everyone experiences it differently. Brooke Lewandowski, AuD & Laurie Flores, Dept. Manager at HEAR WI break down signs of hearing loss and what you can do if you or a loved one need hearing help.

Volunteering is a great way to stay connected to your community and to use your talents to benefit others. In this episode, Henry and Mary Koch share their motivation to volunteer and what makes working with seniors so unique.

Geriatric Social Workers specialize in helping adults aged 65 and older live safe and independent lives by assisting in navigating complicated government programs, applying for services and funding, resolving issues in the delivery of those services, and coping with end-of-life issues. Listen in as Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living, explains what types of questions a Geriatric Social Worker can answer, how one could help you, and how to connect with one.

Senior living options have evolved from clinical facilities to resident-centered communities. Patrick Hansen, Chief Resident Experience Officer, shares his personal story of finding the right senior living option for his mother and why he’s passionate about providing an exceptional senior living experience for every resident.

Funerals require a lot of attention to detail and planning, during some of the worst days of your loved ones’ lives. In this episode, Mark Krause, President of Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, explains how pre-planning your funeral can alleviate stress for your grieving loved ones.

Senior living options have changed quite a bit in the last few years, leaving many confused about what’s available and what’s affordable. Breaking it down are Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living, and Jackie Johnson, Director of Assisted Living, in this episode of “Senior Living Today with Luther Manor.”

Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall — and many more are injured. Listen as Kathi Brueggemann, Independent Living Director, and Jolene Erickson, Life Enrichment Coordinator, talk about steps to prevent falls for seniors.

Are you ready to retire — really ready? There are many different factors to consider, from investing to inflation and taxes to health care and long-term care costs to leaving your legacy. You need to be ready for all of them! Listen to Sherri Mitchell as she discusses ways to build an effective retirement plan.

Are you collecting Social Security? Do you hope to collect Social Security someday? What do you need to know about benefits? Listen to Sherri Mitchell as she discusses strategies to help maximize your social security.

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.

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.

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 as Kathi Brueggemann, Director of Independent Living, 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, 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 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 a gift to someone who struggled 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, 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!

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.

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.

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 & 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.

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 Director of Independent Living Kathi Brueggemann!

Intergenerational interactions and relationships have many benefits for all parties involved, providing an opportunity to learn new skills, helping younger people understand and accept aging, invigorating and energizing older adults, and more. Volunteering is a great way for a younger person to become involved in their community and promotes intergenerational exchanges. Hear from youth volunteer Caroline Schneider on her reasons for volunteering at a senior living community and her advice for those thinking of becoming involved.

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.