Category Archives: Aging Well

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

Choosing an Assisted Living Residence: Is Free Advice the Best Advice?

Choosing an Assisted Living Residence: Is Free Advice the Best Advice? By Miriam Zucker LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM Often when family members seek the guidance of an Aging Life Care specialist, it is at a time of change. The concerns may be about obtaining home care, learning of entitlements, a discharge from the hospital or a move … Continue reading Choosing an Assisted Living Residence: Is Free Advice the Best Advice?

How to Recognize When It’s Time for Older Adults to Stop Driving

One of the most difficult conversations caregivers can have with their older loved ones concerns driving. Telling someone they are no longer safe to drive can result in hurt feelings, resentment, and arguments. ALCA member Susan Birenbaum addresses these concerns and directs caregivers to useful resources. How to Recognize When It’s Time for Older Adults … Continue reading How to Recognize When It’s Time for Older Adults to Stop Driving

What’s Important to Consider Before Hiring In-Home Caregivers

In the Aging Life Care Association’s newest White Paper, “Agency or Independent: Considerations in Hiring”, ALCA member Bunni Dybnis examines the legal and financial questions one should examine before deciding to hire caregivers for the home. Below is an excerpt from the beginning of the White Paper; to read and download the entire document, please … Continue reading What’s Important to Consider Before Hiring In-Home Caregivers

I’m Still Listening: Communication and Dementia

No matter the level of one’s memory loss, stage of Alzheimer’s disease, or type of dementia, human connection and communication is important to overall well-being. Communication requires patience, understanding, and good listening skills. But often, even the most well-trained or educated caregiver gets frustrated or avoids communication altogether. July is Social Wellness Awareness Month, and … Continue reading I’m Still Listening: Communication and Dementia

Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Aging Adults

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With temperatures already breaking 100° in parts of the country, the dog days of summer are here and it will only get hotter.  This raises some concern for keeping safe and cool, especially among senior citizens. Aging adults, in particular, may be at higher risk of heat-related maladies as they are less likely to sense and respond … Continue reading Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Aging Adults