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?
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
by Miriam Zucker I live in New Rochelle, New York, a city whose fame is rooted with the Petrie’s of The Dick Van Dyke show. That image of a suburban family living on a quiet tree-lined street changed dramatically on March 10. New Rochelle became the first COVID-19 containment area in the United States. On … Continue reading Social Distancing-Social Engagement in the Age of Covid-19: What We Can Do
Being a caregiver can be lonely. Over time, friends and family may start to fade away or your involvement with your elder can become more and more time consuming. Your world can begin to feel very small. As you encounter tricky situations, you might struggle to know how to navigate them gracefully. This caregiving race … Continue reading Caregiving is a marathon. Make sure you have the right people in your lifeboat.
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
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
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 … Continue reading Stories and Highlights of National Aging Life Care Month
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
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
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