Senior Living CT Podcast

William Corbett

This podcast is a radio show heard on Hartford's WDRC on Saturday mornings at 8:30, the Talk of Connecticut. Hosts Bill Corbett of Evergreen Crossings Retirement dives into everyday problems that seniors or their families experience. From common health issues to clearing clutter in their homes, the hosts search for solutions by interviewing interesting experts in the field of senior services, who have the answers. The goal is to help Connecticut's seniors live their best lives now. Download the episodes here to share with others, or listen live on Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM on 103.3 FM, 1360 AM, WSNG in Torrington, CT or WMMW in Meridan, CT. Want to lend your expertise to solve a problem and be a guest in the studio? Call Bill at (860) 730-2605.

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Getting a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and What to do
Jul 17 2022
Getting a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and What to do
Esther Pearl - North Central Region Program Director- Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter presents "The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's."  Esther is a skilled and engaging educator who brings her knowledge and personal experience to help families and caregivers to understand warning signs, detection, and how to move forward in getting a diagnosis and support.Esther’s entry into the world of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s was, like many others, unexpected, devastating and life changing.  A year after marrying, her husband was diagnosed with Atypical Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, he was only 56.  Through a random encounter at a health fair, Esther and Mark became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.  Support groups, social programs and tearful calls to the Helpline became their lifelines. Because of their somewhat unusual situation in regard to age, work status and retirement planning, they faced additional hurdles in navigating the world of Alzheimer’s.  Esther was soon asked to speak at various events and share their story.  Professionally, she has spent her career educating others in the fields of higher education, employment, financial issues, credit union services and career services.  In 2017, Esther joined the association as Program Director in order to honor Mark and their joint commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves the more than 80 thousand people living with Alzheimer's in our state, their caregivers and people concerned about brain health. We offer free education classes, support groups, care consultations and activities for those in the early stages of dementia. We have robust advocacy efforts on both the state and local level, and raise money through events like our Walk to End Alzheimer's in the Fall to help fund research to get closer to new treatments and a cure.24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900Website: alz.org/ctRegister for Walk: act.alz.org/connecticutGeneral email: ctchapter@alz.org
Getting a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and What to do
Jul 17 2022
Getting a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and What to do
Esther Pearl - North Central Region Program Director- Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter presents "The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's."  Esther is a skilled and engaging educator who brings her knowledge and personal experience to help families and caregivers to understand warning signs, detection, and how to move forward in getting a diagnosis and support.Esther’s entry into the world of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s was, like many others, unexpected, devastating and life changing.  A year after marrying, her husband was diagnosed with Atypical Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, he was only 56.  Through a random encounter at a health fair, Esther and Mark became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.  Support groups, social programs and tearful calls to the Helpline became their lifelines. Because of their somewhat unusual situation in regard to age, work status and retirement planning, they faced additional hurdles in navigating the world of Alzheimer’s.  Esther was soon asked to speak at various events and share their story.  Professionally, she has spent her career educating others in the fields of higher education, employment, financial issues, credit union services and career services.  In 2017, Esther joined the association as Program Director in order to honor Mark and their joint commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves the more than 80 thousand people living with Alzheimer's in our state, their caregivers and people concerned about brain health. We offer free education classes, support groups, care consultations and activities for those in the early stages of dementia. We have robust advocacy efforts on both the state and local level, and raise money through events like our Walk to End Alzheimer's in the Fall to help fund research to get closer to new treatments and a cure.24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900Website: alz.org/ctRegister for Walk: act.alz.org/connecticutGeneral email: ctchapter@alz.org
The Eight Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
Jul 17 2022
The Eight Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
Esther Pearl - North Central Region Program Director- Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter presents "The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's."  Esther is a skilled and engaging educator who brings her knowledge and personal experience to help families and caregivers to understand warning signs, detection, and how to move forward in getting a diagnosis and support.Esther’s entry into the world of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s was, like many others, unexpected, devastating and life changing.  A year after marrying, her husband was diagnosed with Atypical Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, he was only 56.  Through a random encounter at a health fair, Esther and Mark became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.  Support groups, social programs and tearful calls to the Helpline became their lifelines. Because of their somewhat unusual situation in regard to age, work status and retirement planning, they faced additional hurdles in navigating the world of Alzheimer’s.  Esther was soon asked to speak at various events and share their story.  Professionally, she has spent her career educating others in the fields of higher education, employment, financial issues, credit union services and career services.  In 2017, Esther joined the association as Program Director in order to honor Mark and their joint commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves the more than 80 thousand people living with Alzheimer's in our state, their caregivers and people concerned about brain health. We offer free education classes, support groups, care consultations and activities for those in the early stages of dementia. We have robust advocacy efforts on both the state and local level, and raise money through events like our Walk to End Alzheimer's in the Fall to help fund research to get closer to new treatments and a cure.24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900Website: alz.org/ctRegister for Walk: act.alz.org/connecticutGeneral email: ctchapter@alz.org
The Power Grandparents Have with Today's Teens
Jul 13 2022
The Power Grandparents Have with Today's Teens
An interview with CT teacher and author Dan Blanchard on how grandparents can influence their grand-teens, helping them to develop into responsible and cooperative young adults.Show Host & Producer Bill Corbett is an award-winning author of numerous books and the manager of a Connecticut Independent Senior Living community. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with many media projects under his belt on television and radio.Dan Blanchard the Bestselling and Award-Winning, Author, Speaker, and Educator. TV Host. Two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student.  Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education and Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform and is now on the speaking circuit for them. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force. And there is now a play being written about his life.Because Dan’s students repeatedly asked him to write a book to tell others what he tells them,  Dan finally listened and has now authored teen leadership books, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men, and its sequel, A Sprint to the Top: How to Win the Game of Life. He has also written academic books, parenting books, leadership books, sportsbooks, books on authorpreneurship, and more. Finally, Dan writes a dozen columns on things from leadership, teens, education, special education, and parenting.As an educator, coach, tutor, author, speaker, life coach, columnist, blogger, parent, and TV Host, Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth everyone else too every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and the family dog in Connecticut.
Author Dan Blanchard: How Seniors can Influence Today's Youth
Jul 13 2022
Author Dan Blanchard: How Seniors can Influence Today's Youth
Host and producer Bill Corbett interviews professional speaker and author, Dan Blanchard, and discusses his new book on how young men can become great men, even in today's world.Show Host & Producer Bill Corbett is an award-winning author of numerous books and the manager of a Connecticut Independent Senior Living community. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with many media projects under his belt on television and radio.Dan Blanchard the Bestselling and Award-Winning, Author, Speaker, and Educator. TV Host. Two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student.  Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education and Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform and is now on the speaking circuit for them. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force. And there is now a play being written about his life.Because Dan’s students repeatedly asked him to write a book to tell others what he tells them,  Dan finally listened and has now authored teen leadership books, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men, and its sequel, A Sprint to the Top: How to Win the Game of Life. He has also written academic books, parenting books, leadership books, sportsbooks, books on authorpreneurship, and more. Finally, Dan writes a dozen columns on things from leadership, teens, education, special education, and parenting.As an educator, coach, tutor, author, speaker, life coach, columnist, blogger, parent, and TV Host, Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth everyone else too every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and the family dog in Connecticut.
How to Survive While Living with an Aging Parent
Jun 20 2022
How to Survive While Living with an Aging Parent
David Horgan is the producer of music videos for Will Smith, LL Cool J, Mark Wahlberg and New Kids on The Block. AMA Medical award winning writer and producer of patient education films. He is a Media Director for 30 winning political TV campaigns including Congressman Richard Neal. His PR work has been featured in national and international media (ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN,BBC) Member of The Author's Guild.David Horgan is also an award-winning author who co-wrote a book that every child of an aging parent should read. In it he shares his firsthand account of what to do, what not to do, and what can happen (the good and the bad) when a parent moves in. The book WHEN YOUR PARENT MOVES IN helps family members deal with the far-reaching implications such a move can have on every aspect of a family’s life. Written by an acclaimed expert and medical educator who’s been there, this straightforward guide walks families through the planning and execution necessary to make it work. They will learn how to:Assess the pros and cons of an aging parent moving inAnticipate and avoid possible pitfallsStreamline and smooth the transitionManage and protect everyone’s assetsCreate a new family dynamic without destroying your marriage and other family relationshipsWith personal stories, case studies, and expert quotes, this book offers families the skills and strategies they need for an easy and harmonious transition. Learn more about the author and order the book at
Understanding Prostate Cancer
Jun 20 2022
Understanding Prostate Cancer
Dennis E. Golden is a a two-time prostate cancer survivor. He holds a master’s degree in social communications from New York University and has 40+ years of experience as a marketing executive, consultant, author and professional speaker. His wife says "it keeps him out of trouble."While women openly discuss breast cancer awareness, men tend to retreat into silence and denial when facing any prostate issue. With over 3 million American men currently living with prostate cancer and almost 200,000 new cases every year why is there silence?Like most men, Dennis believes that prostate cancer was the “good cancer” that men live with. But he was wrong and soon discovered it is the second leading cause of death of thousands of men behind lung cancer. With so much misinformation out there, he decided it was time to make a difference.In 2014, he founded the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation. The single mission of the Foundation is to raise national awareness about the hidden dangers of undiagnosed prostate cancer. While 90% of women and their partners are aware of breast cancer’s warning signs, only 40% of men know the warning signs for prostate cancer. The Foundation’s goal is to increase awareness levels to 80%.Then recognizing the strong bond men can forge when facing a common threat, he launched The Prostate Cancer Coach in 2018 with the full support and cooperation of the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation. Their joint goal is to engage men and their partners in one-on-one personal conversations where they are free to explore, ask questions and learn from someone who has walked the uncertain path of prostate cancer before them. Visit Mr. Golden's website at
Techniques for Fighting the Senior Blues
May 13 2022
Techniques for Fighting the Senior Blues
The secret to living longer and happier is to spend more time together with those you enjoy being with. In this episode, the hosts and guest discuss how to make the most of those encounters and live a happier life.The guest in this podcast episode, Trevor Smith, spent the first fifteen years of his career as a Recreation Therapist in the social services sector using laughter and creative, improvisational techniques to bring about transformation in those whom he counseled. In recent years, Trevor has turned his focus on supporting growth in the legal profession and the banking industry. He is further expanding his training opportunities to meet the professional development needs of a broad range of organizations.His work promotes self-confidence, creative problem solving and effective communication. Both in his career and in his personal life, Trevor values his ability to make people feel comfortable and supported in the learning process, and he is driven to create positive change and explore the possibilities for his clients in his nontraditional learning environment.Trevor holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.; a master’s degree in education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.; and a master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He is a Certified Laughter Leader through the World Laughter Tour, an international clearinghouse for a global grassroots laughter movement." Therapeutic laughter is an activity akin to ancient practices such as yoga and meditation.Contact Trevor: (413) 204-8308bookings@blueskyconsulting.us
Five Rules of the Laughter Club
May 13 2022
Five Rules of the Laughter Club
Therapeutic laughter reduces stress and negative thoughts, provides a great cardiovascular workout, provides increased energy, improves collegial relationships, improves morale and so much more. Trevor Smith believes there are many simple things that seniors can do make life happier for themselves and others. He introduces the LAUGHTER CLUB and five principles they teach that increases happiness.The guest in this podcast episode, Trevor Smith, spent the first fifteen years of his career as a Recreation Therapist in the social services sector using laughter and creative, improvisational techniques to bring about transformation in those whom he counseled. In recent years, Trevor has turned his focus on supporting growth in the legal profession and the banking industry. He is further expanding his training opportunities to meet the professional development needs of a broad range of organizations.His work promotes self-confidence, creative problem solving and effective communication. Both in his career and in his personal life, Trevor values his ability to make people feel comfortable and supported in the learning process, and he is driven to create positive change and explore the possibilities for his clients in his nontraditional learning environment.Trevor holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.; a master’s degree in education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.; and a master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He is a Certified Laughter Leader through the World Laughter Tour, an international clearinghouse for a global grassroots laughter movement." Therapeutic laughter is an activity akin to ancient practices such as yoga and meditation.Contact Trevor: (413) 204-8308bookings@blueskyconsulting.us
Granting Senior Wishes
May 6 2022
Granting Senior Wishes
ABOUT THIS EPISODE:Senior Wishes CT is a 501C3 that believes that a thriving senior population is an important part of a strong community.  To that end, our goal is to enrich the lives of senior citizens in Connecticut by granting them wishes that will improve their lives and as a result enhance the community they call home. Providing much needed items or services to assist seniors in need, Senior Wishes CT is helping older adults, one wish at a time. ABOUT THE GUEST:As a Medicare/Medicaid insurance consultant to senior citizens, Senior Wishes CT co-founder Traci O’Brien has spent a lot of time in senior centers, senior housing, food banks and pantries. Her years of working with seniors exposed her to the multitude of needs (outside of healthcare) that many of our older population face.Traci has met senior citizens who couldn’t afford Christmas presents for their grandkids or even a bus ticket to visit them. Others had appliances breaking down or the need for a certain type of therapeutic shoe (that insurance wouldn’t cover it) -- none of which was in their limited budget.  Compelled to help, Traci was using her own funds to “grant wishes” to these people but it wasn’t a sustainable solution. So Senior Wishes CT was born.  Traci’s best friend Christine Brown who also works in the insurance industry came onboard to propel the concept into reality. Together their goal is to improve the lives of senior in need, one wish at a time.