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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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Now displaying: 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Life never goes from A to B. There will be detours, adjustments, and even changes in thinking. It's important to consider having a plan that can evolve with you as your life changes and progresses. It better to have a plan than no plan at all. And remember- you can always change your plan.

Dec 30, 2019

Mark talks about the wide-spread problem of scams aimed at the elderly, and what to watch for when protecting yourself and your loved ones. 

Dec 30, 2019

Nobody wants a family feud (unless it's the game show)! Oftentimes, when there is a death in the family, things bubble up from the past. Planning ahead, even beyond your lifetime, can prevent a lot of pain and stress for your loved ones. Let Mark and Carly give you advice on how to navigate difficult familial situations when it comes to estate planning and inheritance. 

Dec 30, 2019

Carly Ward joins Mark Wight to explore the many alternatives to burials. From creating keepsakes to choosing more "green" options, discover the variety of ways to best take care of your remains after you've left this life. 

Dec 30, 2019

Quite a few people seem to think that estate planning is boring, but Mark Wight believes that talking about your loved ones should be anything but boring! In this episode, Mark shares his take on what makes estate planning intriguing and important.

Dec 30, 2019

Tim Pape has been involved with the care industry for a long time and has recently joined the new Family Resource Home Care providers in the Treasure Valley. He is sharing some of his insight concerning home care and aging at home with Mark this week.

Dec 30, 2019

Justin Walker joins Mark Wight for another week and continues his focus on financial education when it comes to aging at home. How can financial planning get you the help you need to stay independent? Justin covers some of the basics and their applications to those who want to age in place. 

Dec 30, 2019

Justin Walker discusses with Mark Wight the financial side of preparing to age at home. After looking at each individual's overall financial situation, it's important to discover where their emotional connections lie and what is important to them. Learn more in this episode about how being intentional with a long-term financial plan can help maintain independence. There's no place like home!

Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Randy Moss joins Mark Wight on this week's episode of Senior Matters Radio to discuss caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue in family members supporting their loved ones in need. Tune in to learn what the signs of burnout are, what to consider when you become a caregiver, and how to use the wide array of tools and resources to give your loved ones and yourself the best quality of life possible. 

Oct 23, 2019

When the word "estate" is mentioned, many people imagine Gone With the Wind style mansions. Yet when it comes to estate planning, an "estate" is just your stuff. If we drill down to the real reasons why estate planning is important, we realize it's not actually about all the stuff; it's about our sweethearts, our families, and our communities. Estate planning is about people. 

 

Oct 14, 2019

This week, Mark shares stories about DNA testing and its unforeseen impact on families and estate planning. Once familial ties are discovered, there are new factors to consider in your estate planning. Does this mess up all your planning? Mark discusses some subtleties to be aware of and approaches to take when answering this question. 

Oct 11, 2019

Sometimes real stories help us understand why pre-planning is so important. Mark Wight shares some examples to provide context and demonstrate how pre-planning, and even crisis planning, can bring peace of mind and security for whatever the future may hold. 

Sep 26, 2019

Mark Wight address how to pre-plan on multiple levels: physical health, emotional health, financial, and legal. This is the second part in his discussion about how to age at home safely and comfortably. These ideal situations do not happen by accident, so we need to plan ahead. Mark shares some of the many resources available to assist in all levels of strategic planning. 

Sep 26, 2019

Aging at home is the goal of many seniors, especially here in Idaho. Mark Wight explains that the aim to stay in your home can't just be wished into place; it must be strategically planned. Designing your own plan empowers you to extend your time at home and improve your quality of life while aging at home. The default government plan is indifferent to your unique circumstances and preferences. In this two-part series, Mark delves deep into how pre-planning and strategic planning can provide a future that you determine. 

Sep 11, 2019

From testing out a facility to which questions to ask administrators, learn the best ways to find an assisted living center to call home. Kathleen Little, Chief Experience Officer of the Cottages, joins Mark in offering advice on checking out assisted living for you or your loved ones. 

 

Contact Kathleen Little:

208-475-1805

Sep 11, 2019

This week we welcome Dr. Louise Ye-Liew, D.O., to Senior Matters Radio and to the Treasure Valley! Dr. Ye specializes in geriatric medicine and her practice will focus on individuals 65 years old and above. She is dedicated to seeing her patients as a whole and working in partnership with them and their families. Listen to hear more about her approach to senior health! 

 

Contact Dr. Ye-Liew:

(208)-509-8987

brightviewseniorhealth@gmail.com

www.brightviewid.com

Aug 27, 2019

What do Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Carrie Fisher all have in common? Their wills are confusing and complicated! Listen to today's episode to learn about dramatic celebrity estate planning and which states are most deathly expensive with Carly Ward, IEP's newest attorney, and Mark Wight. 

Aug 27, 2019

David Taylor, the attorney at Twin Falls Estate Planning, joins Mark Wight today to review estate planning basics. Turns out planning in the Magic Valley isn't so different from planning in the Treasure Valley!

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.

 

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