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By Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC When a parent or spouse can no longer do what they did yesterday, it becomes another transition for the primary caregiver and for the extended family. These transitions catch us off guard and an overwhelming sense of loss and grief is experienced by the primary care provider.  They often …

The post Caring for the Caregiver: Emotional Support After a Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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By Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM As Aging Life Care Professionals®, when we are asked to assist with securing placement in a nursing home, there are many questions we ask beyond the physical and cognitive conditions that are prompting the move. Primary among those questions is: what was mom or dad’s occupation? Those families who …

The post Nurturing the Nurturer: The Use of Doll Therapy for Older Adults appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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The Most Surprising Secret to Aging Well: Social Engagement by Jullie Gray, MSW, LICSW, CMC Ask anyone for their top advice about living a long, healthy life and you’ll probably hear tips about the importance of eating well, stopping smoking, exercising and getting regular medical checkups. Don’t throw those good habits out the window, but …

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Aging Life Care Professionals® across the country celebrated National Aging Life Care™ Month by providing seminars, webinars, special events, open houses, and other educational activities for the public. Many took to social media to share Aging Life Care stories via selfies and videos. Each week, ALCA asked members to share something from their world as …

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The Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) – the nonprofit association representing 2,000 leaders in Aging Life Care™ / care management – will celebrate the profession during the month of May. Special events come on the heels of a professional conference in Scottsdale, where presenters and participants tackled the toughest issues related to aging today. What …

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By Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CMC May is Aging Life Care™ Month, which has me thinking about how supporting an aging parent can feel so daunting. We see it every day in our work as Aging Life Care Professionals®. Time consuming. Caring for an aging parent takes so much time: multiple phone calls a …

The post Aging Life Care® Professionals Can Help Be Your Guilt-Buster appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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By:  Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC, Aging Life Care Professional April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. When an individual is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it can be all consuming and take over as the focus of life. However, with some excellent coaching, it is easy to see that the diagnosis is only part of who the …

The post Navigating Life After a Parkinson’s Diagnosis with an Aging Life Care Professional appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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Navigating the Overwhelming Options of Long-Term Care by Nicole Amico Kane, MSW, LICSW, CMC We are an aging nation.  Since 2011, baby boomers have been turning 65 at an average rate of 10,000 per day.  This will continue until 2030.  And we are living longer.  Fortunately, we are also healthier and more active than past …

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by Frances Mir MSN, RN, CMC Planning for long-term care as one continues to age can become a process that requires research, pre-planning, and financial overview. The good news is that there are opportunities for seeking a range of services and working collaboratively with professionals who can assist with the steps of long-term care planning. …

The post Long-Term Care – Partnering with an Aging Life Care Manager® appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM Many of life’s events involve food. From the grandest of celebrations to the smallest of gatherings, there is always a place for food. As an Aging Life Care Professional®, I recall a wonderful get together this care manager had organized to celebrate a client’s birthday, her ninetieth… I thought.  She …

The post The Anatomy of an Appetite: Aging and Our Relationship to Food appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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