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Littman Krooks Podcasts

Insight into issues facing seniors and their families, and individuals with special needs.

Podcasts addressing a variety of goals, hopes and challenges

At Littman Krooks LLP, we take pride in applying our comprehensive legal knowledge and experience to the production of informative newsletters and articles. Our elder law, estate planning, special needs planning and special education advocacy attorneys are pleased to share their knowledge and insight into issues facing seniors and their families and individuals with special needs.

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Promoting the Well-Being of Caregivers

The Marsal Caregiver Center is located in Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. It is designed to promote the well-being of caregivers through compassionate support and a healing environment. On this episode of the Littman Krooks Podcast, Carla Assenza, LCSW, Director, discusses the demands that a caregiver assumes once a loved one needs assistance.

Special Olympics New York: Authentic Competitions and Fierce Competitors

Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman discusses the history of the Special Olympics, training clubs, coaches, competitions, and opportunities for player and athlete development. Stacey also discusses expanding unified sports, unified champion schools and taking inclusion to new levels within schools and breaking down barriers that exist within sports and students for the next generation of athletes.

Lessons In Older Driver Safety with the Older Driver Safety Coalition

Guests Beverly Carter and Mary Ellen Burns, from the Older Driver Safety Coalition with Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) offer tools, tips and techniques that older drivers can use to be on the road as safely as possible for as long as possible. They will also explore when it is time to stop driving and what alternative transportation services are available when seniors decide to relinquish their keys.

How Life Stories Can Enhance Person-Centered Care in Dementia/Alzheimer’s

Jay Newton-Small, MemoryWell Founder and TIME Magazine Contributor, joins Bernard A. Krooks to discuss MemoryWell and how writing life stories can preserve memories and improve care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Jay speaks about how MemoryWell grew out of the experience of moving her father into long-term care once he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and how to find better ways to ensure his care staff understood him like she did.

Sport In Its Purest Form: Paralympic Soccer with Chris Ahrens

Chris Ahrens, Paralympic Athlete and US Soccer Athletes’ Council Chair joins Bernie on this episode to discuss Para 7-a-side soccer, inclusion in sports, unified sports models in schools and Paralympic qualifications criteria.

Adaptive Sports and Recreation in Rehabilitation with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Adaptive sports allow the necessary modifications for people with disabilities to participate in sports at a recreational or competitive level. On this episode, Eileen Andreassi, Director of Recreational Therapy and Adaptive Sports at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital discusses the benefits of adaptive sports and recreation in rehabilitation and the growing field of therapeutic recreation.

Miracle League: Giving Everyone A Chance To Play Baseball

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The Miracle League of Westchester brings baseball programs for people of all ages with disabilities. It provides an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing  baseball. Join Rick Monzon, Executive Director, and Bernie on this podcast to discuss the benefits of joining, playing and volunteering in the Miracle League.

Enhancing the Lives of Those with Down Syndrome Through Improvisation and Humor

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Improvisation teaches many valuable skills, like problem-solving, quick-thinking, teamwork, listening, as well as building self-confidence and communication skills like voice projection and eye contact. Stand Up for Downs Co-Founder Rob Snow and Bernie discuss how these skills can be taught to those with Down Syndrome and how their workplace and social opportunities can expand greatly on this episode of the Littman Krooks Podcast.

Seniors Fighting Social Isolation

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Riverdale Senior Services (RSS) is a nonprofit agency that champions older adults and their families through their wellness approach and in every aspect of their operations and facilities. Bernie and Julie Dalton, Executive Director of RSS and aging services professional, discuss how senior citizens can fight social isolation and the stigma of getting older with social, physical and education programming, caregiver support, volunteer work and the opportunity to live their best, happiest and healthiest lives.

Game To Grow: Using “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Magic The Gathering” As Therapeutic Services

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Bernie speaks with Adam Davis, LMFT and Adam Johns, MA Ed, founders and executive directors of Game To Grow, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on the belief that games have the power to improve people’s lives. Adam and Adam combined their training and expertise in family therapy, education, and drama therapy with years of experience as gamers and facilitators to harness the power of tabletop role-playing games to improve players’ empathy, frustration tolerance, creative problem solving abilities, and leadership skills. Intentionally facilitated games can provide support to adults and children struggling with anxiety and depression, improve cognitive functioning in the elderly, provide relief for veterans suffering from PTSD, and help other individuals overcome serious challenges.