Category Archives: Aging Parents

Should I move mom back home?

By: Lisa Mayfield As more residents in retirement communities are diagnosed with COVID-19, some families are struggling with the decision of whether to bring their parents back home. With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this is an understandable and important question. Yet any consideration of a move should not be taken lightly, especially with so … Continue reading Should I move mom back home?

The Power of Planning: Taking Charge of Your Own Aging Journey

by: Lisa Mayfield At 72, Betsy is doing all the right things to ensure she enjoys good physical, emotional, mental, and financial health.  She eats a Mediterranean diet, doesn’t smoke, drinks in moderation, exercises regularly, has adjusted her spending and investments for retirement, goes for regular check-ups with her doctor, and gets the recommended health … Continue reading The Power of Planning: Taking Charge of Your Own Aging Journey

January Doesn’t Have to Be Dry and Discouraging

Parents Aging at Home

While “Dryuary” or Dry January seems like a relatively new trend, it’s origins date back much earlier. Even the New York Times showcases the activities around when Prohibition began (Jan. 17, 1920.) January is also a month where people re-consider their over-indulgences in food and drink then hit the gyms or yoga mats and buy … Continue reading January Doesn’t Have to Be Dry and Discouraging

Is it Time for Help? Knowing When Your Aging Loved One Can’t Go it Alone Anymore

The holiday season is typically the time when families and friends visit aging loved ones more than during the year. Frequently, this is also the time when they discover troubling changes in health, behavior or physical appearance of their elder loved one. Many will discover their aging loved one now needs more help or attention … Continue reading Is it Time for Help? Knowing When Your Aging Loved One Can’t Go it Alone Anymore

Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips for Hosting Aging Adults

If your Thanksgiving holiday is fortunate enough to include multiple generations at the dinner table, here are some simple tips for keeping aging loved ones engaged, comfortable and safe during holiday celebrations. Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips for Hosting Aging Adults By Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CMC – Aging Life Care Association® President When planning … Continue reading Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips for Hosting Aging Adults

Caring for the Caregiver: Emotional Support After a Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis

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 … Continue reading Caring for the Caregiver: Emotional Support After a Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis

MAY IS NATIONAL AGING LIFE CARE™ MONTH

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 … Continue reading MAY IS NATIONAL AGING LIFE CARE™ MONTH

Aging Life Care® Professionals Can Help Be Your Guilt-Buster

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 … Continue reading Aging Life Care® Professionals Can Help Be Your Guilt-Buster

Navigating Life After a Parkinson’s Diagnosis with an Aging Life Care Professional

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 … Continue reading Navigating Life After a Parkinson’s Diagnosis with an Aging Life Care Professional

The Anatomy of an Appetite: Aging and Our Relationship to Food

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 … Continue reading The Anatomy of an Appetite: Aging and Our Relationship to Food