5 Easy and Enjoyable Activities to Share with Older Loved Ones

By HomeCare Assistance, ALCA Corporate Partner As our family members and friends reach their later years in life we glean the opportunity to slow down and appreciate our time with them. There are a variety of activities that they can do in that offer the opportunity to stimulate and exercise them physically, mentally and emotionally … Continue reading 5 Easy and Enjoyable Activities to Share with Older Loved Ones

An Aging Life Care Specialist, Her Client, and a Cup of Tea

An Aging Life Care Specialist, Her Client, and a Cup of Tea by Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM As Aging Life Care Specialists, much has been written about the concrete services we provide: homecare arrangements, assessments, liaisons with doctors. But what about those intimate moments when we are sitting across the table with a client? It … Continue reading An Aging Life Care Specialist, Her Client, and a Cup of Tea

This Valentine’s Day, Look for the “Sweetness” in Caregiving

By Lisa Laney, MSW, CMC “My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates…” This line from Forrest Gump chimes a bell to those of us providing services to families involved in elder care…. and as the quote continues, “You never know what you’re gonna get.” As much as our culture appreciates and utilizes … Continue reading This Valentine’s Day, Look for the “Sweetness” in Caregiving

How Do You Know It’s Dementia When Dad Can Still Do the Crossword?

By Deborah Liss Fins, LICSW, ACSW, CMC The onset of early dementia is not always obvious. Especially when your loved one is smart and can compensate for memory loss, or is clever and determined to hide symptoms, it can be difficult to know whether what seems “off” is really so. Maybe your dad has always been … Continue reading How Do You Know It’s Dementia When Dad Can Still Do the Crossword?

6 Ways to Make Traveling with Older Adults Smooth Sailing

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start mapping out vacation and travel plans for the coming months. Just because someone’s reached a certain age, it doesn’t mean they can no longer travel. Traveling with aging loved ones just takes a little more planning and preparation. These tips for aging travelers will … Continue reading 6 Ways to Make Traveling with Older Adults Smooth Sailing

5 Tips for Planning for the Future When a Parent Is Still Healthy

It’s easy to put off planning for a parent or loved one’s care when that person is still healthy and able to care for themselves. Rather than wait for a crisis to strike, take time to plan for how you can maintain your loved one’s  safety and quality of life. Here are five strategies to … Continue reading 5 Tips for Planning for the Future When a Parent Is Still Healthy

Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas for the Older Adult

The last few shopping days are here and you’ve found yourself stuck thinking about what to give that special elder in your life. Here are some different and thoughtful holiday gift ideas for seniors that won’t clutter the house or require  an  engineering degree to assemble.  Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas for the Older … Continue reading Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas for the Older Adult

Be Prepared: Making a Plan for Winter Weather

2017 has been the year of severe weather , and this winter may bring with it snow, freezing temperatures, ice,  or heavy rains. All of this greatly impacts the safety and well-being of the elderly, especially when weather events strike unexpectedly or with speed. Here are some tips from the experts in aging well to … Continue reading Be Prepared: Making a Plan for Winter Weather

Making the Most of the Holidays When a Loved One Has Dementia

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia by Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CMC, Principal, Fellow Certified Care Manager The holidays can often be a time filled with high expectations, requiring lots of energy and engagement in non-stop activities. For the individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, it can be challenging and a … Continue reading Making the Most of the Holidays When a Loved One Has Dementia

Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look for When Visiting Aging Adults

Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country.  For those with aging parents or loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans.  Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look … Continue reading Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look for When Visiting Aging Adults