Mon, 11/27/2017, 9PM (CT) on 90.1FM. TOPICS: Obamacare and Medicare Registration, What is involved in getting your loved one into assisted living, as distinct from either retirement living or a nursing home. GUESTS: Keely Jones and Ann Wasp [AUDIO/VIDEO]@KPFTHouston

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For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]:

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ― Mark Twain (A discussion of this quote’s possibly-erroneous attribution to Twain can be found here.) 

 “The Little Boy and the Old Man
Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
Said the old man, “I do that too.”
The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
I do that too,” laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The old man nodded, “So do I.”
But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean,” said the little old man.”
Shel Silverstein

 

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GUESTS:

Keely Jones is the Community Sales Manager at Senior Living Solutions. Keely has been in senior living for the past 19 years in various roles but currently in the sales and marketing industry. I hold a Texas real estate license since 2005, but it is not needed to sell senior care. I moved from Fort Worth to Houston in 2004. Been working at a spend-down community for the past 2 years.

Ann Wasp is the Resident Program Director at Senior Living Solutions. She has a degree in Social Work and is the Activities Director, or the “Director of Fun” as she likes to call herself. She always had a passion to serve.  “I did not find the aging population, but it found me. She started working at the YMCA teaching the older population stretching, strength training and deep water classes. My favorite Quote is from Clint Eastwood who turned 86 this year:  ‘You know what the trick is?’ He said, ‘never let the old man in.’  And he never did. Everyone should incorporate, physical; emotional: intellectual: spiritual: purposeful and social components to their life so the old man or women won’t get in.”

  1. ACA (aka OBAMACARE): Healthcare.gov
    1. 1-800-318-2596 Available 24/7 days a week (except holidays)
    2. 2018 Open Enrollment runs fthru Dec 15. Are you ready?
  2. MEDICARE Open Enrollment ends December 7. Go to Medicare.gov.
  3. what is involved in getting your loved one into assisted living, as distinct from either retirement living or a nursing home.
  4. Seeking Out Assisted Living Or Nursing Care Facilities:
    1. Where does one begin? How do you start the search?
    2. The Medicaid Option:
      1. Does Medicare pay for any part of what’s needed in assisted living or nursing care?
      2. How and how much does Medicare pay toward care?
    3. What is required by Medicaid in terms of maximum permitted assets?
    1. What are the differences in facilities and living circumstances (if any) between Medicaid facilities and “self-paid” facilities”
    1. What other benefits might be available to people contemplating elder care facilities?
      1. Veteran’s Benefits, including Spousal
    2. The importance to save for senior care and options to help cover cost
    3. What is the difference from spend down to straight Medicaid or “Medicaid Pending” mean
    4. Difference between Independent living, assisted living, long term care or skilled nursing
    5. FOR ANN:
      1. What is a typical day like for the residents?
        • Involvement Entertainment: spiritual, emotional, physical, mental activities
        • Trips, shopping
        • Benefits of activities for long-term residents

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    3. “Adam Ruins Everything”

LINKS:

  • Emoluments Clause of the Constitution (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):
    1. The Ineligibility Clause, one of the two clauses often called the Emoluments Clause,[1][2] and sometimes also referred to as the Incompatibility Clause[3] or the Sinecure Clause,[4] is found in Article 1, Section 6, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution. It places limitations upon the employment of members of Congress and prohibits employees of the Executive Branch from serving in Congress during their terms in office. The name “Ineligibility Clause” is only used by a minority of writers, as compared to the name “Emoluments Clause”.[1][2][5]
    2. The clause states: No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.”
  • Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The Twenty-fifth Amendment (Amendment XXV) to the United States Constitution deals with succession to the Presidency and establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities. It supersedes the ambiguous wording of Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution, which does not expressly state whether the Vice President becomes the President or Acting President if the President dies, resigns, is removed from office or is otherwise unable to discharge the powers of the presidency.[1] The Twenty-fifth Amendment was adopted on February 10, 1967.[2]

    1. Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
    2. Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
    3. Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
    4. Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
    5. Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.[3]

 SOURCES WHICH MAY BE RELEVANT TO OTHER DISCUSSION:

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  1. Four Freedoms, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech (technically the 1941 State of the Union address), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy:
    1. Freedom of speech
    2. Freedom of worship
    3. Freedom from want
    4. Freedom from fear
    5. Roosevelt delivered his speech 11 months before the United States declared war on Japan, December 8, 1941. The State of the Union speech before Congress was largely about the national security of the United States and the threat to other democracies from world war that was being waged across the continents in the eastern hemisphere. In the speech, he made a break with the tradition of United States non-interventionism that had long been held in the United States. He outlined the U.S. role in helping allies already engaged in warfare.
  • Differences between Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians and neo-Conservatives

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