Category Archives: Aging Well

One Care Manager’s experience through COVID-19

//// Written by Joan Harris, LSW,MBA, CMC //// May is Aging Life Care Month and this is one perspective through COVID-19 by an Aging Life Care Professional. As professional Care Managers (Aging Life Care Professionals), when we take on clients we are 100% committed to them, their wellness, helping them to reach their goals, being … Continue reading One Care Manager’s experience through COVID-19

Covid19: Till Death Do Us Part and No Sooner-An Aging Life Care Manager Advocating for A Simple Wish

By: Bridget Ritossa //// During the first week of April I spent 48-hours working a case given to me by an elder lawyer.  A client was at the hospital and deemed medically stable.  The nursing home that sent him there for cardiac trouble would not take him back unless the hospital agreed to the terms … Continue reading Covid19: Till Death Do Us Part and No Sooner-An Aging Life Care Manager Advocating for A Simple Wish

Looking out for the emotionally vulnerable in the COVID world

By:  Bunni Dybnis, MA, LMFT, CMC Our lives have changed dramatically as COVID-19 becomes the focus of most everything. The news, warnings, restrictions, instructions, double messages, shortages, politics, and financial implications are never-ending. For most, the initial chaos, fears, panic, and confusion settle in as we adapt to our new world.  For a small number, … Continue reading Looking out for the emotionally vulnerable in the COVID world

The Art of Listening: Achieving Successful Communication

By: Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWC As Aging Life Care Specialists(r), we are called upon to provide an assortment of services. The needs are as varied as the families we are helping.  We continuously strive to be experts in our knowledge of homecare, entitlements, senior residences, elder law attorneys, and providing skilled and supportive counseling. … Continue reading The Art of Listening: Achieving Successful Communication

Crisis Management and Beyond: Social Workers in Aging Life Care

//// By: Susan Valoff, LCSW, C-ASWCM, CDP //// This blog post was originally scheduled for March, designated annually as “Social Work Month.” March is also when life, as we know it in the United States, started to change, dramatically. In these days when everything feels upended, there is no better time to recognize the tremendous … Continue reading Crisis Management and Beyond: Social Workers in Aging Life Care

Ambiguity and Acceptance in the Time of COVID-19

On March 25th, 2020, I had the honor of meeting with some of the top women business leaders in the Seattle area. These ladies are some of the hardest working women I know. They are smart, creative and committed to not only making their businesses succeed, but they also want to make the world a … Continue reading Ambiguity and Acceptance in the Time of COVID-19

Engagement During Isolation

by Lisa Kaufman Even if I have been a member of the Aging Life Care Association for nearly 20 years, I have always thought of myself as the “red-headed stepchild”  (yes, go ahead and laugh if you know me…) of ALCA. And now I see an opportunity for my “particular set of skills” to be … Continue reading Engagement During Isolation

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

2020: The Aging Life Care Association® Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years ago a group of visionary women in eldercare created a profession and a professional association. Originally the National Association of Private Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), this non-profit has grown from 75 members to the now 2,000-strong Aging Life Care Association® (ALCA). Since 1985, Aging Life Care Association members have cared for about two … Continue reading 2020: The Aging Life Care Association® Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

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