Category Archives: Family Members

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

Keeping Love in Your Life as a Caregiver

By:  Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC, Aging Life Care Professional I am going to give you some tips to keep love the focus throughout your entire life and not let the challenges of aging get in the way, keeping in mind that love is the most important factor in the lives of millions of people … Continue reading Keeping Love in Your Life as a Caregiver

Tips to Stay Safe During the Severe Polar Vortex Weather

As the polar vortex descends on the US, many people are being confronted by cold weather they have never experienced before.  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 help aging … Continue reading Tips to Stay Safe During the Severe Polar Vortex Weather

Don’t Wait for a Crisis: Ways to Create an Aging Plan Now

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 Don’t Wait for a Crisis: Ways to Create an Aging Plan Now

Dementia & The Holidays: Tips for a Stress-Free Celebration

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 Dementia & The Holidays: Tips for a Stress-Free Celebration

Support Groups: A Great Resource for Reassurance, Practical Advice and Humor

By Wendy Nathan, B.Sc., CMC “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why  it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” ~Emily Kimbrough November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month.  Family caregivers give it their all day in and day out, through the laughter and tears.  No matter the duties, they make it happen. Some … Continue reading Support Groups: A Great Resource for Reassurance, Practical Advice and Humor

8 Ways for Caregivers in the Sandwich Generation to Reduce Stress

America’s Sandwich Generation, men and women in their forties to sixties with both aging parents and children to care for, is one of the fastest growing populations. This group of people often find themselves stuck in the middle of trying to juggle a hectic schedule that includes caring for parents experiencing a decline in health, … Continue reading 8 Ways for Caregivers in the Sandwich Generation to Reduce Stress

Before Turning on the Faucet: Alzheimer’s Disease and Bathing

By Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM September is World Alzheimer’s Month. In order to support the mission of raising awareness and providing education about Alzheimer’s, the Aging Life Care Association will be publishing articles that discuss different aspects of the disease. You can learn more about World Alzheimer’s Month at https://www.worldalzmonth.org. It may be at the beginning when … Continue reading Before Turning on the Faucet: Alzheimer’s Disease and Bathing

4 Helpful Tips for Coping with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Aging Life Care Association® will be featuring articles that raise awareness of  Parkinson’s Disease and the ways Aging Life Care Professionals® can support clients and families affected. by Lisa Laney, MSW, CMC  Receiving the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease was the first major hurdle. Now, you are faced with another … Continue reading 4 Helpful Tips for Coping with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis