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Welcome to our very first episode of Mavericks for Senior Living: Challenging The
Way We Age. We are two innovators and entrepreneurs who have huge hearts and passion for our older adults. And we see all kinds of opportunities to improve today’s system for how we age.

In this video/podcast series, Francis LeGasse, CEO of Assured Assisted Living, Sevens Memory Care Homes and Sevens Home Care and Katherine Wells, CEO of SerenityApp, Inc. come together to interview experts, present research and challenge — with curiosity — today’s systems. Our goal is to ignite new conversations, generate new perspectives, and inspire new ideas to improve quality of life for our senior population.

“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

John F. Kennedy

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Below is a transcript of the episode, modified for your reading pleasure. For more information on the people and ideas in the episode, see the links at the bottom of this post.

Hi everybody and welcome to our new podcast. Mavericks Challenging the Way We Age: Fostering Ingenuity in Senior Care. Since this is our first podcast, we thought we’d introduce ourselves and tell you why we’re doing what we’re doing.

I’m Francis LeGasse, CEO of Assured Assisted Living, Sevens Residential Memory Care and Sevens Home Care. We provide care to seniors that are living in their home or in residential care facilities.

Through the last 10 years, we’ve see the good, the bad and the ugly in senior living. We can do better. We have to do better.

That’s why Kathy and I teamed up. To challenge the current norms in senior living and foster the idea that we can do better. That we have to do better. We hope you enjoy the journey while we challenge those situations.

I’m Kathy Wells, CEO of Serenity – a HIPAA-compliant platform for senior living centers to communicate and collaborate with family. I invented Serenity after having tended to every detail of my parents’ lives, then went into a black hole when they were transitioned into residential care. With my background in software product management and marketing, I knew there had to be a better way.

Francis and I started talking about things that need to change in the industry. We thought we’d start this podcast and interview experts, explore research and talk about some of the topics we don’t normally talk about.

How do we train our staff? How do we talk about political correctness? Is it okay to be angry that mom or dad has to move into a long term care facility? Is it okay to be emotional about taking care of mom or dad?

This podcast is also about challenging ourselves to be more open to talk about the things that really scare and confuse us to help bring about alternatives and solutions to how we age.

We hope you get a different viewpoint, a different way of thinking, and to start asking some tough questions about how you want to age. Take a look at how your parents are aging and consider what you might want to do differently for them.

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Mavericks of Senior Living is produced by Serenity App, Inc. and Assured Assisted Living. This episode was produced by Katherine Wells and Francis LeGasse. The musical artist is Jason Donnelly. You can subscribe to Mavericks for Senior Living on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at challenges@mavericksofseniorliving.

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