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Signs of UTI: Dementia – Ep 111

Signs of UTI DementiaJenna Ryan knows signs of urinary tract infection (UTI).  She used to get them all the time.

Did you know that signs of urinary tract infection (UTI) include dementia?  This was a shock to me when I first found out.  I mean, what does one have to do with the other?

Jenna Ryan is with us today to educate us about signs of urinary tract infections and why she created a drink that can prevent/cure UTI.

Jenna is the CEO and Co-founder of Uqora, a company dedicated to urinary tract infection prevention. Uqora has developed a “pink lemonade with a purpose” that helps women flush out UTI-causing bacteria. She created this drink mix because she herself suffered from urinary tract infection. Jenna says she doesn't want to take antibiotics because it can develop resistance.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infections limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.

Doctors typically treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics. But you can take steps to reduce your chances of getting a urinary tract infection.

Here are some signs of urinary tract infection to watch out for:

  • A burning feeling when you urinate
  • A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do
  • Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
  • Feeling tired or shaky
  • Fever or chills (a sign the infection may have reached your kidneys)

The issue with older adults is that many times they don't get the same feelings of pain or burning sensations when they urinate so their UTIs often go undiagnosed.  But… then other issues can occur.

Did you know that signs of urinary tract infection can lead to misdiagnosis of dementia?

Here are some signs of urinary tract infection that are the same as dementia:Urinary Tract Infection UTI can cause dementia

  • Delirium
  • Hallucination
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

How to Prevent a UTI

Hydration is the key to preventing a UTI. If you're at risk of having a UTI, drink Uqora. If you're in the older generation, you have to drink it every day. Good hygiene can also prevent a UTI.

If you have signs of urinary tract infection, the Uqora might be able to help.  But be sure to speak with your doctor about the possibility of your parents having a UTI if they suddenly show signs of dementia.

References

You may visit Uqora by clicking HERE.

Jenna Ryan will give you a 15% discount when you purchase Uqora using the code “Rockit15”

Jenna's contact information: [email protected]

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Your Medications Can Cause Dementia – Ep 101

Your Medications Can Cause DementiaFrom the Vault…

Dr. Newton wants to educate people on how medications can cause dementia. Also, how to avoid these medications.

The only thing worse than having dementia is taking care of a loved one with dementia.

Many people do not realize that many medications can cause dementia.

Dr. Camille Newton is a home visiting physician. You may also know it as a traveling doctor or mobile doctor. It is such an important service for seniors that are not able to travel for the doctor’s appointments. She focuses on minimizing medications. Especially psychotropic pharmaceuticals, to help senior brains stay healthier longer.

Medications get tested by the FDA to see if they are safe. But those medications are not really tested to see if they cause brain failure.

While performing house calls, she has seen the effect psychotropic medications have on people who take them for a long period.

Some examples of psychotropic drugs are:

  • Antipsychotics including Risperdal or Haldol
  • Sedatives especially the benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Xanax, or Valium
  • Anti-depressants
  • Antihistamines

These are some staggering and scary statistics!

According to Dr. Newton, using Benzodiazepine increases the risk of Dementia. Nearly tripling risk within 3 years. Quitting reduces risk over time, to only 10%Dementia increase in risk 3 years after quitting. Benzodiazepine use quadruples the risk of suicide in the elderly. In one study, Benzodiazepines and hypnotics increased suicide risk by 14 times.

Antihistamines can have an anticholinergic effect. This means some of them block a certain neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This can have a detrimental effect on the brain over a long period. This includes Benadryl.

In monkeys, laboratory rats, and humans, antipsychotics such as Haldol showed a huge measurable shrinking of the brain within 8 weeks of use.

A person goes to the drugstore and they have allergy symptoms. They could choose Claritin or Allegra (which are not anticholinergic). Also, they could choose Benadryl or Coricidin and end up with dementia within a few years.

Maybe less is more?

Dr. Newton tells a fascinating story about “Pam” who has a rare case of dementia reversed by getting her off of her medications. Although she has had only a few cases of ‘total cure’, she's had many patients improve when taken off from anticholinergics. These medications are so dangerous to our brains, and yet there is no warning label.  Many of them are over the counter.

A lot of people ask Dr. Newton, “What Can I take?” Her response is, don't look for something to take when you are having a problem. Don't look for a pill to solve your problem and question every medication given.

*Please note: Neither the Rock Your Retirement Show nor the host, Kathe Kline provides medical advice.  Please consult your own practitioner about any healthcare issues that you have.

About Our Co-Host
Dr. Newton cares for complicated elderly patients in their homes through her medical practice, Home Excel Physician’s Group. She is also the founder and former president of Pure Wick Corporation. It's a manufacturer of non-invasive, external urinary catheters for women. (Pure Wick was recently sold to C.R. Bard). An Attending Physician for Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital Residents in Family Medicine. Also, for Kaplan University School of Nursing. She is board-certified in family medicine. A Member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, and a Gulf War Veteran. She is also an Athena Pinnacle Award winner. This is an honor given to exemplary female executives in San Diego–for ‘Women who Champion Women’. She studied Genetics at U.C. Davis, where she graduated with honors. She completed her medical education at Saint Louis University and Residency at U.C. Irvine.
 
A home visiting physician that focuses on minimizing medications to help senior’s brains stay healthier longer. If you would like to reach out to Dr. Newton, her email is [email protected]
 
Click on this link for today's Freebie: http://rockyourretirement.com/Medications
 
Did you know that medications can cause dementia? Are you or someone you love taking any of these? Tell us your story below in the comments.

 

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What Does Your Retirement Life Look Like? Ep 109

Retirement Life

From the vault…

This might be a hard question for some people, but let's face it, what does your retirement life look like?

Steve Cousins is one of our listeners. (Hi Steve!) After graduating from college Steve joined an oil company at a refinery in Arkansas where he worked as an engineer, manager and eventually as the VP and General Manager.  He stayed with the same company for his entire career and remained at the same location.

Last year Steve retired upon turning 60 and immediately stepped into a retirement career designed to be part-time, low stress and lots of fun.  After a year, the plan is working great!  I wanted to discuss with him his choice in a “semi-retirement”.

“You Shouldn't run away from something, you have to run towards something.”

Steve always thought he would be working until he was 70 or later because he really enjoyed his job. The last few years, things changed he did not enjoy it very much, but he hung on because frankly, he was afraid of retirement. There were several reasons he was afraid of retirement and I think a lot of people can relate.

  1. Steve thought if he was leaving work because he didn't enjoy it anymore that didn't necessarily mean he would enjoy retirement either.
  2. He also looked at the compensation he was getting from work and it was painful for him to walk away from that after working so hard to get to that point in his career.
  3. His job was his identity, and he didn't want to lose that

Working to feel useful and productive in your retirement life

Even before retiring from his job, Steve decided what he wanted his retirement life to look like. He wanted to feel useful and productive. He started his side gigs which are pretty cool!

  • Contract Lobbying
  • Expert Witness Work
  • Trade Association representation

Side gigs or semi-retirement not for you? Steve says, focus on volunteer work. He has a ton of volunteer positions! (As we tend to hear a lot, he is just as busy if not even busier than when he was working) His volunteer work includes:

  1. Chair the Board of Trustees for the local community college
  2. Local Hospital Clinic that helps people who are uninsured or underinsured
  3. State and local Chamber of Commerce
  4. State University mentoring students
  5. On the board of a local group called 50 for the future, where they solve problems in the city

It's not all work for Steve. He also spends time with his wife. They enjoy doing a lot of things together like running, hiking, off-road riding, discovering hidden waterfalls, and many more activities. Now that they are retired, they can spend a lot more time together but still spend time doing their own things.

Steve's advice from one listener of the show to another:

You should marry someone better than yourself and invest a lot of time in your relationship because if everything else went away and you still have each other, you will still be fine.

Widen your horizon's. Don't just do your job, volunteer to do other things. Reach outside of your comfort zone and practice public speaking because it helps boost your confidence. What great advice Steve!

Did you plan your retirement life? How did you do it? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Kathe Stops by Podcasters Unplugged to Discuss Starting a Podcast – Episode 194

PodcastThis episode take you back on the 24th of October 2016 where I was a guest on The Podcasters Unplugged. In here we talk about how I got started into podcasting from seeing a need in the market and wanting to help others retire successfully and happily. Dusty Porter is the creator of Podcast Unplugged and has been podcasting for several years. Podcasters Unplugged is a place for Podcasters who wants to make a difference.

Where It All Began

As you all know, I was a financial adviser for 25 years. Then after being in that profession for so long, I decided that I needed a change. So, I basically went from a large practice to a very small one. I was looking at my clients and I thought, “Wow! Money does matter, but it’s not everything.” You can have millions of dollars and have a horrible retirement or you can have almost no money and completely rocking it. And I thought to myself, what is the difference between these two types of people? Then I thought I needed to learn more about this. That is why I started this show. The show is an interview format and I interview either experts or regular people on how to Rock Your Retirement.

Initial Steps to Starting the Podcast

The first thing that I did before starting this show is that I tried to find information online that I didn’t have to pay a lot for. Because I wasn’t planning on making the podcast my life’s work. I really wanted to do it for my benefit. I didn’t want to spend three or four thousand dollars attending a class, but I signed up for a podcasting class. Took some classes, but not all of them. But I continued to pay for the monthly fee because I wanted to support people who teach other podcasters how to podcast. Also, I like his methodology. That’s why I continued to work with him and still be a student of his.

I really wanted to get this started right away. So, I talked my husband into going to Fry’s with me and we found this decent microphone on sale for about thirty bucks and then my husband bought a recorder with a sound mixer. Then I backed up the interview process with “Pamela,” a Skype recording system.

How to Get People On the Show

When I first started the show, I pretty much bribe people to come over. I wanted to interview people who could help seniors because I worked in a sort of a senior world industry. I said that if you come to my show, I’ll give you a free advertisement on a different show. I gave them a free ad and then I said, if you get me a retiree to interview, I’ll give you a free advertisement. I kept on doing that until my interviews got stacked up.

Business Aspect of the Podcast

Over the last month or so I’ve been figuring out how to monetize the show because my audience is not your typical podcast audience member, they’re older. I also use an avatar. My avatar is named “Marla” and she is 62 years old, has two children, one grandchild, and has a living parent. So whenever I do an episode, I always think, what would PodcastMarla like? How could I reach Marla? My Marla doesn’t listen to a podcast; She doesn’t have an iPhone and probably has a flip phone. That is why it’s really difficult for me on how to reach Marla. So, what I did in the beginning and I still do this is that I have live events. The first thing that I needed to do is grow my audience.

Working, telling people face-to-face, having live events (I also have a Facebook group), and all these things are growing the show. They’re also growing the website. I had a 46 percent increase in website hits, from last month to this month. I’m thinking all of these is growing, things are great, how could I monetize it? To be honest, I don’t know yet. But I know that the juices are flowing. And I know that someday soon, I’ll figure out how to monetize it. But when I first started, I knew that this was going to be a long-term proposition. I wasn’t in this to make money first of all, I was in it just to provide information.

Podcasting is a Long-Term Deal

When I see other podcasters, those big-name podcasters, they podcast every single day. Looking at the number of podcasts they produced, they create 365 podcasts in a year. That’s a lot compared to my 52 podcast episodes in one year. Meaning they did 5 years' worth of podcast and that would be 5 years' worth of growth. And it will take me 5 years to where they got in 1 year.

Dusty said that you have to think of podcasting as a long-term deal. You cannot get into podcasting just for the money. It has to be for the passion of what you're talking about. To bring the value to bring the information to the target audience you are trying to reach. Then in time, once you’ve grown that rabid fanbase then and only then you could start monetizing and create a business proposition out of it.

Create Freebies for an Email List

Now that I’m seeing my audience grow, I began giving away freebies. I talked to my guest and asked if they have freebies to give away or sometimes, we created those freebies. And when the guest creates a freebie for me (when I say freebie, I mean a lead magnet. A reason for my audience to sign up for my email list), if the guest creates a freebie for me, I give them a credit for it and if I create it, then I don’t.

In Dusty’s words, when you’re talking about a lead magnet, as content creators we’re always looking for a way to keep the audience, to keep the listeners in terms of podcast in our ecosystem. When they get done listening to your podcast, you want them to go to your website. You want them to watch your videos over YouTube. You want them to subscribe to you over on your social media platforms. You want them to be readily available, and you want them to stay on your tree. I want to keep my audience, my viewers, my avatar in my ecosystem as long as possible. Because then, when I do want to turn this into a business, then those people are more apt into getting in touch with me about those business propositions.

Conclusion

I’m growing my space by reaching out to other people who are in my space and saying let’s all do this together. This is important information. It doesn’t matter if I’m the one getting the information. I want the information to get out there.

Podcasting is going to get bigger and bigger. It’s not too late to get into podcasting. If you have a voice, if you have a message to share it’s never too late to start creating content. You just have to do it. A lot of people are talking about it but very few acts on those words.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Podcasters Unplugged
Podcasters Unplugged Episode 26
RockYourRetirement.com/HearingFoods

Kathe joins the Dream Chasers Podcast to Discuss Secrets About Retirement – Episode 193

Secrets about RetirementIn this week’s episode, I got featured in Yaya Diamonds' Dream Chasers podcast; This was 2 years ago to date and we talked about the Secrets about Retirement. Yaya has been inspiring and changing people’s lives for over 8 years. She believes that in every state of life, whether it’s the beginning or the end, there’s always something to do. Your life just doesn’t stop.

Retirement Is Just at the Tips of Your Fingers

You can retire at almost any age. One of my guests retired at 40. She and her husband were living in Los Angeles and they had these highly powered, highly pressured jobs working 80 hours a week. Then, one day she picked up all her stuff and moved to Costa Rica. That is why you can retire anytime you want; You just have to make sacrifices. Her sacrifice was really a great internet like what we have, but she still loves it.

Laugh and Have a Good Attitude

Another one of the secrets on retirement is laugh and have a good attitude. One of my guests on The Rock Your Retirement Show, her name is Vikki Claflin, she has Parkinson’s Disease, and she’s still young for a person to have that disease. What she did is that she wrote a book called, Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living & Laughing with Parkinson's Chronicles. Even though she got this horrible disease, she still manages to laugh, have a good time, and have a good attitude towards life.

Keep On Moving Even in Retirement

People need to move even in retirement, I’m not going to say that you need to go to the gym and lift weights. You just need to move, get up, walk around, garden, or dance. Any type of Retirementmovement if going to be better, even if it hurts a little. Just like when we get older, people get arthritis. What happens is you got pain in your joints; Your tendency is to not move. But if you just work through that little bit of pain, you will save yourself a lot of pain down the road.

Create a Support Group

Create a support group in person. Several of my guests came on and they talked about how they were depressed, or having physical problems. Their lives changed when they started getting together with people because there’s nothing like face-to-face support group.

The next secret about retirement is having an active sex life. I also had a couple of guests on my show that talked about sex. One guest was Joan Price, she has a website that reviews sex toys. Giving advice about love making for older people.

It’s hard when you’re young and think about things you’re going to do or how you’re going to feel when you get old. But the thing is that people are living longer and longer and also healthier. Age is just a number; You don’t have to put things away when you get older.

Mentioned in this Episode

Dream Chasers Podcast
The Secrets About Retirement
RockYourRetirement.com/Yaya
RockYourRetirement.com/Subscribe

Kathe Joins the Retire Hoppy Show to Discuss Health Shares – Episode 192

Health SharesThis is Angie, the Rock Your Retirement producer. Kathe has been featured in other podcasts over the years. This episode takes you back to 2017, where Kathe appeared on the Retire Hoppy Podcast. We hope you enjoy it.

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One challenge of early retirement is finding affordable health insurance. Enter Health shares a more cost effective option for some. On this episode, I joined Roy Weinberg and Ted Carr of Retire Hoppy to break down what a health share is. Also, who might be interested and what a health share is not.

What is a Health Share Ministry?

I sell Medicare Insurance, so that is my background on health insurance. Because if that, I also look into a health share ministry for myself back in 2015. There’s not a lot of them and I was seriously considering it. What I know about health shares is that you have to be a Christian and they make you sign a document saying that you will live through Christian standards. Also, it depends on what you’re asking what Christian standards are. So, you need to look at the document that you sign if you can actually do that. Let’s say you had an extra-marital affair and you wound up with an STD, so that’s not covered.

The health care sharing ministries are not insurance. They have different rules that insurance does. For example, I have a condition called dystonia, and that is why every 3 months I have to go to a neurologist to get Botox. Health share doesn't cover that neurology appointment. Therefore, it’s kind of a block for me to join the health share ministry.

What Happens in a Health Share?Health Shares

In a health share, you pay a certain amount each month similar to a premium, but it's called a sharing amount. You have an unshared amount or personal responsibility that you can use to help pay your bills just like a deductible. There are maximum eligibility amounts that determine how much money you can request for individual expenses. HSMs had additional sharing options. It lets you contribute money to other members once they have reached the summit to help them with uncovered costs.
 
If you can live through the standards of the Bible because not all Christians live through the Bible. Just because you call yourself a Christian, it doesn’t mean that you're covered.

After Our Health Shares Episode

After you discussion about health shares, I joined Ted and Roy for their beer segment. I'm a craft beer newbie who’s comfortable with standard light lagers. However, Roy and Ted took me out of my comfort zone with Stone Brewing’s Go To session IPA.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Retire Hoppy
Retire Hoppy Episode 011 – Health Shares and Stone's Go To Session IPA