Life Happens Podcast with Kim Hegwood

Caregiving and the Holidays with Leah Stanley

Leah Stanley, caregiver and author of “Goodnight, Sweet: A Caregiver’s Long Goodbye,” discusses how to handle the caregiver role during the holidays, how to include your loved one with dementia, how to manage emotions regarding your loved one’s condition, the importance of embracing the “now,” and the importance of self-care for caregivers!

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When the Holidays Reveal Your Aging Parents Need Help with Kristen Carlson

Kristen Carlson from Right at Home in Greater Galveston discusses the warning signs that your aging loved one may need assistance, tips for family caregivers during the holidays, options for respite care, and how to have the discussion about outside help with your elderly loved one.

Contact Kristen Carlson:

Phone: 409-740-7400

“How Can We Raise Dementia Awareness in Our Communities?” with Laura Wayman

Laura Wayman, a.k.a. The Dementia Whisperer, discusses why it is important for our communities to become dementia-aware, how we can raise awareness, what successes have been seen with Laura’s mission, and how anyone can join her campaign.

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CarePartners: A Free Senior Resource with Daryan Jones

CarePartners is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization that provides support, education, and resources for caregivers and care for those living with memory loss or other challenges of aging. Daryan Jones, Caregiver Education and Digital Specialist for CarePartners, discusses the various resources and services that CarePartners offers to caregivers!

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The Power of Purpose and Planned Giving with John C. Martin

John C. Martin, Director of Estate and Gift Planning for the American Cancer Society, discusses everything you need to know about identifying your purpose and how to implement planned giving into your estate plan.

Contact John Martin:

Phone- 1 (936)-697-0388


Getting to Know the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program with Greg Shelley

Greg Shelley, Program Manager for the Harris County Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, discusses why nursing home residents and families need rights to visitation, how ombudsmen are visiting nursing homes again, why flu shots are strongly encouraged, and the trends in nursing home COVID-19 transmissions.

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Physical and Mental Health Concerns for People Over 50 with Ariel Lee

Ariel Lee is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and the CEO of Optimize Health LLC. She discusses the top 3 physical conditions of concern over the age of 50, how to prevent and manage these conditions, how to manage mental health and wellbeing, and which health screenings are recommended at 50.

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How Coaching Can Prepare for Downsizing with Liz McNeel

Liz McNeel is a Downsizing Coach, Realtor, and the Founder of the Houston Senior Living Series where she helps seniors make difficult decisions and serves as a partner during late-in-life moves. She discusses why it is so hard for people to downsize, helpful tips for someone who wants to downsize, the benefits of downsizing for older adults, and how having a coach can make the process easier.

Contact Liz McNeel:

The McNeel Group

Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan

5050 Westheimer, #200, Houston, TX 77056

Phone- (713) 826-2731


Developing Caregiver Resiliency with Melissa Smith

Caregiving can often take its toll on caregivers of the elderly or those with dementia, so it is important to know how to take care of mental and physical health while building resiliency. Melissa Smith, founder and ED of the nonprofit Caregiver Wellness Retreat, discusses what the key strategies are for alienating anxiety in elders, how to focus when we have limited time, and tips to help caregivers build their resiliency muscle.

Contact Melissa Smith:

Caregiver Wellness Retreat –https://www.caregiverwellnessretreat….

How Home Health Care Can Help Keep Seniors Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
with Laurie Cantrell

Laurie Cantrell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker from AMed Home Health, discusses the different types of care available, how home health care has changed for seniors during the pandemic, how Medicare has changed access to care, and how home health care may be the best option for seniors during the pandemic.

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Funerals- The Cost of Not Planning with Regina Wagner

Regina Wagner, from AllThings Senior Consulting, shares her knowledge about unexpected costs when planning a funeral and how to avoid paying for things you may not need. Kim and Regina also discuss what planning decisions you will need to make quickly, where the money might come from, and life insurance.

Contact Regina Wagner:

Phone- (832) 699-2245


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Senior Scams During COVID-19 with Jennifer Salazar

The COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity for new scams to appear. Jennifer Salazar, from the Senior Medicare Patrol with the BBB, discusses which scams are being seen during COVID-19, some of the red flags to watch out for, how scammers get our information, and how to report scams. Seniors who are more isolated due to quarantine are more vulnerable to these scams, but knowing what to look out for can help prevent seniors from falling victim.

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Phone- (713) 341-6184

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Preparing Seniors with Dementia for a Hurricane with Dale Libby

Dale Libby, chairman and CEO of The Gathering Place in Brazoria County, has both personal and professional expertise helping seniors and caregivers navigate the challenges of dementia. They discuss the importance of remaining calm, how to make a plan, how to create an emergency kit, and how to maintain caregiver health.

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Phone- (979) 308-4525

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Life Happens Intro

Welcome to Life Happens, where Texans come to protect their legacy and prepare for the second half of life! Join your host, Attorney Kim Hegwood with Hegwood Law Group, and our weekly guest, as we navigate the challenges that emerge as Life Happens!

New episodes every Thursday at 10 a.m. on our Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and other podcasting platforms.