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Senior Matters Radio

Senior Matters Radio is a weekly show dedicated to showcasing experts in the fields that matter most to today's seniors. From insurance to financial planning, long term care to retirement, you'll get useful, actionable advice from leaders in their respective fields. Hosted by Mark Wight of Idaho Estate Planning, a member of the Idaho State Bar, the Taxation, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Idaho Bar, Wealth Counsel, and Elder Counsel. He is also a Certified Academy Attorney with the Academy of VA Pension Planners and an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration. Mark has co-authored several manuals for attorneys in the areas of Probate Administration, Estate and Estate Tax Planning, and Asset Protection.
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Jul 31, 2019

This week, Mark Wight and Sarah Rushton, of Healthy Living at Home, talk about aging in place and how in-home services can assist seniors with that goal. Sarah explains how special the healthcare community is in Treasure Valley, and how the collaboration and communication within it benefits seniors. She also helps Mark clarify the differences between "Home Care" and "Home Health" services and when each service is best utilized. Listen to learn more about how in-home healthcare services are helping seniors and their families all over the state of Idaho!

 

Healthy Living at Home:

Office Number: 208-999-4110

www.healthylivingservices.org

Jul 25, 2019

On this episode, Scott and Mark pick Bill's brain about questions concerning trusts that he hears regularly. If the trust is in Idaho, can it include property in California? What happens to the trust if the lawyer goes away?  How does the estate tax affect a trust state-to-state? They address these questions and more!

We hope this episode informs you and proves that you can call Idaho Estate Planning with all your estate planning questions. Bill is as nice as he sounds, we promise. 

Call us at 208-939-7658

Jul 15, 2019

Eric Collett joins Mark Wight today to talk about how lifestyle choices are the most effective treatments for Alzheimer's. With the recent news that little progress has been made on a pill to treat dementia, many patients may be tempted to despair. Eric and Mark are here to tell you, that instead of losing hope, to remember that there are already many ways to effectively treat dementia. Do not lose hope, as a healthy lifestyle can make all the difference. 

Jul 11, 2019

Ideally, everyone would be able to age at home. Yet the need to downsize can often become a complicated reality. Dan Ward's goal is to find the best practical solution for each customer navigating this changeover.

Dan Ward, owner of Life's Transitions based in Boise, joins Mark Wight today to discuss how their team compassionately helps their customers to downsize and transition into more practical, yet comfortable, settings. Dan goes over factors about each individual that he takes into account when finding the best solution for each customer. He discusses his support team and the importance of making these decisions sooner rather than later. 

As with estate planning, planning ahead is key to Life's Transitions' work.

Jun 19, 2019

Elder abuse is a topic that can't be over-discussed. It can happen physically, financially, emotionally, and virtually. Today, Mark Wight discusses our responsibilities to help prevent all types of elder abuse, including what signs to look out for and safeguards to put into place. 

Jun 12, 2019

Today, Adrean Cavener and Rick Vogel join Mark Wight to talk about Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month and how the Greater Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association can help everyone whose lives are affected by the disease. In this episode, you will learn how their organization helps Idahoans, whether they have healthcare access or not, and how you can get involved. 

 

 

May 30, 2019

Mark Wight and Dominic Lovotti explain the ins and outs of guardianships and conservatorships.

 

(Come up with a better summary)

May 30, 2019

For our 200th episode (Wow!) we welcome Dominic Lovotti, our new team member at Idaho Estate Planning.

Today, Dominic discusses with Mark Wight the "whats," "whens," and "whys" of the probate process and how an attorney can help you avoid probate or, when it's unavoidable, navigate the probate process successfully. 

May 21, 2019

Eric Collett and Randy

May 17, 2019

Brandie Kramer, Senior Care Program Specialist for St. Alphonsus Hospital, joins Mark today to discuss the upcoming "Health and Aging Expo" hosted by the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

The "Health and Aging Expo" is on Saturday, June 1st, from 8 am to noon in the McCleary Auditorium. There will be over 40 vendors, all there to be a resource to help you age in place healthily. Classes are free and will include education on heart health and fall prevention. 

There's no default setting to aging in place. You have to have a plan and you have to be educated about what to plan for. All of the vendors that will be there are there to help you age in place well. 

 

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

1055 N Curtis Road, 

Boise, ID 83706

Come as you like and go as you please. 

May 2, 2019

In this week’s episode, Mark Wight helps us navigate the complicated relationship between gifting and taxes. Leaning on his years of experience, Mark advises us on what to do and what NOT to do when it comes to gifting and avoiding the extra taxes that can come with gifting.

May 2, 2019

In the past, parents have been advised to disinherit their children with specials needs so those children could continue to qualify for Medicaid. Well, Mark has news for you; there’s a trust out there to fit your needs! Don’t listen to the advice to cut off your child from their inheritance.  Listen to Mark explain how we can provide a special trust for your loved ones with special needs in this episode.

Apr 25, 2019

You are invited to recommend an extraordinary person in your life for the Caregiver of the Year Award through HAPPEN Idaho! HAPPEN stands for Healthcare Associates Providing Positive Education and Networking and has been serving the Boise area since 1997. It is a unique, local non-profit that connects and instructs professionals from all sorts of sectors that work with seniors. Get your nominations in by May 1st in order to honor your local heroes! Listen to learn more about the wonderful work HAPPEN does within the Treasure Valley.

Apr 25, 2019

In this episode, Donna Rogers of Idaho Living Realty joins Mark to discuss real estate for seniors. As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, she has special training to be aware and sensitive to the emotional needs of seniors in deciding to sell their homes. Moving from the family home is a big decision, and Donna acts as an impartial, compassionate guide during that process. Listen to learn more about the often lesser-known aspects of home ownership and aging healthily.

Apr 23, 2019

After a quick review of the last episode, we finish discussing and grading the Department of Veterans Affairs’ adjustments from October, 2018

Apr 23, 2019

Get out your red pencil because we’re going to grade the VA! Join Mark as he examines the changes made in October, 2018, and checks if they have accomplished what they were meant to accomplish within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Apr 23, 2019

Mark has noticed many reasons why people choose to estate plan over his many years serving the Treasure Valley. Listen to this episode to learn about the top ten things to consider when making an estate plan.

Mar 23, 2019

Learn about the six main types of basic estate plans that people can use to plan and protect their future. 

Mar 16, 2019

The last episode in a 3 part series, Mark and Bill wrap up the last of the frequently asked questions they receive about estate planning.

Mar 14, 2019

It's Pi Day this month and that's got us thinking about all kinds of pie: apple, cherry, chocolate, AND your own personal pie. The kind you may want to share in a specific way or preserve for future generations. Tune in to hear how good estate planning means you say how that pie is treated in the long term.

Mar 2, 2019

Join in as we continue on with our most common frequently asked questions about estate planning. Mark Wight is joined again by Bill Poulsen. 

Feb 23, 2019

There are so many times we get asked questions about estate planning, wills, aging in place, and more. Listen in to hear Mark and Bill go over some of these most frequently asked questions.

Feb 23, 2019

Often the discussion that happens when we're aging is "How can we stay home?" The reality is that staying in your current house isn't always the best or right option. That doesn't mean you can't be home! Finding somewhere to age comfortably and safely is key. In this episode, Mark is joined by Catherine Owens to talk about different options for "home".

Feb 23, 2019

Is your financial plan an actual plan? Is there an underlying strategy and design for your future? Or are you just "winging it"? Even if you don't consider yourself wealthy, you're probably planning on retirement of some kind, and almost all of us get old (whether we want to or not). So listen in to this episode to hear about how financial planning with purpose can make all the difference as you move through life.

Feb 23, 2019

How current are your financial and estate plans? Have you experienced a life change that could impact those plans? Learn from financial planner Justin Walker and estate planning attorney Mark Wight about what could trigger a change and what you need to do to stay current.

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