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This week, Wes Mauer, Head of Intelligent Transportation Systems at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), brings Murf and Jayla up to date with CDOT’s planning into self-driving technology and how CDOT can provide the proper infrastructure to meet the future requirements of self-driving cars.  Jayla points out that seniors will be one of the largest groups to benefit as men outlive their driving years by 7 years and women by 10 years.  Wes notes that this is an evolution and CDOT needs to understand what government’s role is and how to create the proper public and private partnerships.  CDOT’s bottom line is to have the best system to move people and goods around our state in the safest and most efficient manner. 

Murf and Jayla welcome Dr. Eric Chess.  He is the director of the Financial Security and Cognitive Decline Initiative at the University of Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging.  Dr. Chess tells us that cognitive decline happens over a long period of time and one of the earliest indicators of cognitive decline is financial decision making.  Health care has done a great job to get out in front of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.  This early detection provides the greatest prevention and treatment opportunities.  However, dementia is one of the most significant and costly diseases and yet we are not testing for or getting in front of this disease at all.  But there is evidence to show that we could.  Not only do we need to establish early detection, we need to determine how to educate to effect that change.  Thanks to our sponsor, Next50 Initiative, Dr. Chess has funding pursue this important work.

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As always, thank you to our partner, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and our new sponsor, NextFifty Initiative.    You can reach the Area Agency on Aging at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org and NextFifty Initiative at www.next50initiative.org.

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Jayla introduces one of her “bosses”, Bob Fifer, a Councilman-at-Large for Arvada.  Bob is involved in numerous local organizations and he served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2015-2017. Bob tells us that by 2035, 1/3 of Arvada’s population will be over 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/non-profits 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.

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 7 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, etc.  Gary is most proud of a study at Colorado Health with a Parkinson’s expert that showed in a year and ½ exercise program not one person in a class of 15-20 digressed.   By 2020, he hopes to be in all 50 states.  Gary's classes are Silver Sneakers approved and the National MS will give scholarships to Gary's classes for MS patients.  Go to www.parkinsonsnetwork.org for more information. 

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As always, thank you to our partner, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and our new sponsor, NextFifty Initiative.    You can reach the Area Agency on Aging at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org and NextFifty Initiative at www.next50initiative.org.

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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 their 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 Redevelop as their popular Paint-A-Thon program is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year.  If you are a senior who needs help with your housing, call Brothers Redevelopment at 844-926-6632. 

In our second interview, meet Tom Wagenlander, executive director of Wish of a Lifetime.  Tom explains that Wish of a Lifetime strives to grant wishes to seniors that will put a face and a story to issues that seniors are dealing with.  One of those significant issues is isolation.  Wish of a Lifetime was founded by Jeremy Bloom, Olympic skier and professional football player.  Jeremy founded the organization 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?  Please contact the organization at 303-954-9144 or info@wishofalifetime.org and find out how to submit an application.

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our partner, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and our new sponsor, NextFifty Initiative.    You can reach the Area Agency on Aging at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org and NextFifty Initiative at www.next50initiative.org.

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Murf and Jenn Reeves welcome in Adela Flores-Brennan and Stephanie Arenales from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.  Adela is the Executive Director of CCHI and Stephanie has just started as the Program Manager of the Consumer Assistance Program.  The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit membership organization working so all Coloradans can get affordable, high-quality and equitable health care. CCHI represents 50 nonprofit 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 3 aspects of need; people that 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. 

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our partner, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and our new sponsor, NextFifty Initiative. You can reach the Area Agency on Aging at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org and NextFifty Initiative at www.next50initiative.org.

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Jenn is in for Jayla this week and, along with Murf, they welcome in Dr. Jacci Bainbridge, our Marijuana Maiden and a Professor at the University of Colorado Medical Campus in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  Jacci tells us the average person over age 60 takes between 7 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 and 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.

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As always, thank you to our sponsor, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.  You can reach them at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org.

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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.  Unfortunately 1 out of 3 Americans have one or more chronic diseases, and many have an independent risk factor of inactivity along with obesity and being overweight.  Dr. Zarr is leading the charge for physicians and other medical professionals to prescribe Nature as they would prescribe 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 their patients should participate in Nature.  It’s called Park Rx.  

To compliment 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 the 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.  

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our sponsor, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.  You can reach them at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org.

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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 1 in 5 American’s 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.  Certainly older adults are at greater risk for skin cancer.  If you are of Hispanic, African-American or Asian background, you are also at risk, sometimes at greater risk.  Find out why.

Welcome back to Dr. Scott Bainbridge.  Dr. Bainbridge is the founder of MindYourPain, Denver Back Pain Specialists and a research division call DBPS Research.  Dr. Bainbridge tells us that 80% of us will at some time in our lives suffer from severe back pain.  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 one’s pain, lesson their ability to cope with their pain, and further predispose additional problems such as opioids, alcohol, etc.  Dr. Bainbridge also helps us understand the role that doctors are currently taking to properly diagnose, prescribe and monitor opioid use by their patients. 

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our sponsor, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.  You can reach them at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org.

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Dr. Cornelia Drees joins Murphy and Jennifer Reeves to talk about Epilepsy and many of the treatment options.  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.  This results when the brain has an abnormal excess of electricity.  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% of patients.  Those patients who do not respond to medication can consider surgery which will cure the majority of them.  Dr. Drees also tells us that there is relatively minor risk in surgery as most Epilepsy patients are healthy otherwise. 

Murf and Jenn’s second guest is Mark Fetterhoff.  Mark is a Senior Program Specialist with the AARP Foundation and currently 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.  They help Colorado seniors with questions about all types of scams, frauds, etc.  Phone scams represent 75% of scams ranging from tech support offerings to IRS violations.  Mark suggests we all need to protect ourselves by 1st being skeptical.  There is also technology that can assist in protecting us.  Several apps are available on cell phones.  Place your name on many of the 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!

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our sponsor, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.  You can reach them at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org.

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Amanda Gregg, the Director of Member Growth from A Little Help, join 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, that there will never be enough government funds, so community services are desperately needed.  A Little Help is currently in Denver and Jefferson counties, and soon to expand to Chaffee, Delta and Larimer counties.  Go say hello to your neighbors and give them a hand if they need it. 

Jayla introduces Kirsti Klaverkamp, one of her staff from the Area Agency on Aging.  Kirsti is the Program Coordinator of the Accountable Health Community program at DRCOG.  This is part of a national initiative and is 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% of a person’s health outcomes.  The remaining 75% are 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.  5 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. 

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our sponsor, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.  You can reach them at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org.

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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 & 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 relates to 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.  Mark also discusses many of the contributors to strokes and how you can lower your risk.

Jayla and Murf welcome Dr. Cheryl Lerner.  Dr. Lerner is the Vice President of Network and Clinical Management at Delta Dental of Colorado.  Cheryl 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.  Cheryl 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.  Please go floss right now! 

Thanks for listening to No Copay Radio! Check out our past No Copay Radio broadcasts on www.nocopayradio.com. Don’t forget to email us at nocopayradio@gmail.com for any questions, comments or recommendations for future topics.

As always, thank you to our sponsor, Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.  You can reach them at 303-480-6700, www.drcog.networkofcare.org.

Direct download: No_Co_Pay_-_5.5.18_Dr._Mark_Murray_and_Dr._Cheryl_Lerner.mp3
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