Author Archives: Steve Heisler

Emmett Irwin: Early Onset Alzheimers

About Emmett Irwin: Emmett is a social security disability and Elder Law Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, who previously was paid by hospitals and nursing homes to get disability and medical benefits for patients. Several years ago, Emmet started his own law firm, so he could work for private clients, and is the co-chair of the disability benefits section of the Maryland Association for Justice, the Vice-Chair of the elder law and disability Right section of the Maryland State Bar Association and a member of the peer review of the state of Maryland. Emmitt is also a former Division Three basketball player.  In this episode, Steve and Emmett discuss: 1. So how long have you been handling SSD cases? Since 2008, so, years. 2. Can you give me a ballpark figure as to when you started seeing early-onset dementia cases?  It’s been since I started but they were fewer and far between back then. They’ve been getting more and more prevalent. As you know, the population starts to age, the silver tsunami, as you would say, baby boomers are getting a little older, and some people are starting to have some issues with dementia. 3. What would you say are the[…..]

Billie Mintz: His film, the Guardians, Exposes Corrupt U.S. Probate Guardianship System.

About Billie Mintz: Billie has dedicated his career to social justice, raising public awareness, and advocating for those who have no voice – including a reporter for the departed. His belief in the power of story to initiate people and for policy change is a driving force in his life as an investigative journalist and filmmaker.  He is represented by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) In this episode, Steve and Billie discuss: 1. What gave you the idea to do this type of movie? In documentary filmmaking and in social justice, you don’t really have the liberty to think of what kind of movie you want to make you sort of discover something that’s going on and you realize that you’re the person that needs to expose this to a larger audience. As you said, you didn’t realize it was going on. These are the type of crimes that exist in the United States, only because people don’t know it’s going on until it’s too late. I had discovered this, that it was happening through one individual that I met and I looked into it. Then I realized that this is something that’s happening to thousands upon thousands of people[…..]

Rob Schenk: Assisted Living  Facilities Are Not What They’re Made Out To Be!

About Rob Schenk: Rob’s law firm Schenk Smith is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is focused on representing individuals injured in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He’s also the co-host of the Nursing Home Abuse Podcast. A  bi-monthly video podcast dedicated to educating families on nursing home care.  In this episode, Steve and Rob Schenk discuss: 1. In Episode Six, you refer to assisted living facilities as the Wild Wild West. What exactly did you mean by that? Primarily the fact that if you and I are talking about nursing homes, there’s going to be uniformity with regard to how they’re regulated from state to state. Assisted living facilities, what we’re calling assisted living facilities. There is no uniformity and regulation and guidelines across the country. Every state handles things differently and I believe that it’s the wild wild west, because that, in turn, causes a lot of, quote-unquote, brand confusion. What are you getting out of these facilities? it’s a gray area, in my opinion.  2. What is the difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility?  A nursing home is defined by the federal government and doesn’t differ from state to state and it’s essentially[…..]

Danielle Roberts: What You Need to Know About Medicare

About Danielle Roberts: Danielle Roberts is a founding partner at Boomer benefits. Which is a National Agency specializing in Medicare-related insurance products since 2005. She’s been serving thousands of Medigap policyholders in 48 States. Boomer benefits help baby boomers learn the ropes regarding Medicare, a nationally recognized expert in the Medicare sector of the health insurance industry. Danielle is a past President of the Fort Worth chapter of the National Association of Health underwriters, and a Forbes financial council member. She’s been featured and or quoted by major news outlets around the country such as Fox, Yahoo, finance, and Business Insider.  In this episode, Steve and Danielle discuss: 1. Why do people feel so overwhelmed about Medicare when they’re approaching age 65? I think it’s because your whole working life, you’ve had someone choose your health insurance for you, you work for a company, that company has an HR department, HR department reviews, a bunch of group health insurance plans, and they come and say here, you know, you can sign up for this plan. Here’s what it’s going to cost you out of your paycheck. And that’s what happens. Maybe you work for a company that gives you a[…..]

John Stolarz: Age Discrimination is Rampant in the Workplace

About John Stolarz: John is the head partner at the Stolarz Law Firm. His practice specializes in representing employees for discrimination on the basis of age, sex, disability, or race and for wage theft by an employer. He’s been practicing since 1980 and represents employees in the state of Maryland and federal courts.  In this episode, Steve and John discuss: 1. How prevalent is age discrimination in the United States workforce today? It happens all the time. The problem is that employees don’t really know when it’s happening and when they do realize that that may have been the case, they have not taken any steps to protect themselves and that is a real problem. It is difficult to determine what the motivation of an employer is when they take any type of disciplinary action against the employee or start picking up their work or transferring their work to people who are younger. So it’s very prevalent and it’s very difficult to protect against themselves unless one knows what to look for. 2. What protections against age discrimination to older employees have in the workplace? The protection that they have is the two statutes of federal and state statutes. The[…..]

Martha Kelso: Diabetic Ulcer Wounds, Just One of Many Wounds That Affect the Aging

About Martha Kelso: Martha is the President and CEO of wound care plus, LLC, which is the largest wound care provider in the Midwest and they have been so successful that she’s now in Florida and New York. She’s well on her way to becoming a national mobile wound care company. Her company uses the most innovative products and cutting edge technology to treat individuals with wound care or skin issues at almost any site of care and has educated thousands of healthcare professionals and caregivers on wound care issues, federal regulations, and national guidelines. She is a published author and on several national advisory boards.  In this episode, Steve and Martha discuss: 1. Are bedsores and pressure ulcers considered wounds? That’s correct. Anything that is a break in the skin or damaging the underlying tissue, you could define as a wound or an ulcer. 2. Is it accurate to say that bedsores and pressure ulcers are mostly caused by actual pressure from sitting in one position for too long?  I totally agree. Yes. 3. What type of wounds would you say are most common in the senior and elderly community? According to generic averages, about 25% of the time[…..]

Brian Therrien: How to Preserve Your Disability Benefits and Make Extra Money During COVID-19

About Brian Therrien: Brian is the owner of the disability digest, which is a free digital resource that helps disabled individuals get their disability benefits and maximize their disability benefits as well. Now, Brian has helped nearly 200,000 people maximize their disability benefits and their income opportunities. And back in Episode Four, Bryan educated our listeners about who is eligible for Social Security Disability and how seniors can go about applying for and getting Social Security Disability. In this episode, Steve and Brian discuss: 1. How do you help aging individuals get their disability benefits? A quick recap on how we help people get approved for disability faster is people can become a member for free here at the disability digest. What we have done is we put together a disability approval course is what we call the entire piece and when somebody registers and they’re going through the process, they get contacted by one of our advocates an actual real live person. So yes, we are digital, but we do have an interactive component with people and the advocate will meet with the individual over the phone and get an understanding of their situation, then assign them a strategy[…..]

Sean Marchese: The Dangers of Asbestos

About Sean Marchese: Shawn is a registered nurse at the Mesothelioma Center He has experience developing and managing respiratory oncology, clinical trials, and treatments. As a medical writer, he helps patients learn about new therapies in the fight against mesothelioma.  In this episode, Steve and Sean discuss: 1. What is asbestos? Asbestos is actually the name given to six different naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are found in the dirt and what makes them so dangerous is that they’re comprised of this friable fibrous needle-like material that is microscopic and can degrade and be released from these minerals pretty easily. Asbestos minerals that are mined from the ground were found to be resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. So they ended up being used in thousands of consumer products construction materials for over a century.  2. Why is it that in the 70s and 80s ship workers, and a lot of blue-collar workers were coming down with asbestos?  Blue-collar workers are the primary population that has been affected by this business over the years. And that’s because asbestos is linked to industrial engineering fields, and also the military. So the United States military has used as best as in their[…..]

Joe Grillo: The Dangers of Urgent Care to the Elderly and Senior Population

In this episode, Steve and Joe discuss: 1. At what point in your life did you start purchasing urgent care centers? When I finished fellowship, I began to practice and realize that infectious disease doctors are at the low end of the pay scale for physicians, and that, combined with student loan debt, made me interested in seeing how I might be able to mitigate the set of circumstances and it happened that urgent cares were up and coming at the time, and there was not one in my hometown.  2. Did you see senior and elderly patients? Yes, quite a few.  3. Is it accurate to say that the research showing that the senior and elderly population like to go to their primary care doctor first is correct? Absolutely. That’s where the trust lies. That’s where people feel most comfortable is with the physician that they have a relationship with. 4. Did you start seeing some of those seniors and elders either coming over from their primary care doctor or just circumventing the primary care doctor and coming right to urgent care? Well, both actually, probably the most common was their primary care sending the patient over to me[…..]

Richard Mollot: Infection Control Problems in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

About Richard Mollot: Richard is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, or LTCC for short. The LTCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving care and quality of life for residents in nursing homes, assisted living, and other residential care settings, through policy analysis and advocacy.  In this episode, Steve and Richard discuss: 1. How has the long term care industry handled protecting our seniors and elderly from COVID-19? We know that nursing homes are not great places to live, generally speaking, that care tends to be pretty poor and living conditions aren’t great. I think that most people were really shocked to see that preventing infections was such a big issue and the implications of not having enough staff on a regular basis has greatly amplified the harm that residents have experienced both directly to COVID-19 and indirectly, due to what we’re seeing more and more of the past at least a month and a half has been just abject neglect and substandard care. 2. Are you also concerned that the industry is not checking the temperatures, vetting their staff, or other people that were coming in and out of their[…..]