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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

Social Distancing-Social Engagement in the Age of Covid-19: What We Can Do

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

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

Caring for a Spouse – Navigating the Aging Journey Together

At some point along the path of life, we step into the path of being a caregiver; we expected this as we became parents or as our own parents aged.  But when we married someone, this role was not delineated in our dreams or vision of our vows of “from this day forward!” Our partners … Continue reading Caring for a Spouse – Navigating the Aging Journey Together

Trip Tips for Older Travelers with Health Considerations

Trip Tips for Older Travelers with Health Considerations By Amanda Lewis, BA, CMC, Certified Care Manager, Aging Wisdom, LLC Summer is a wonderful time for traveling. Neither age nor health should keep you from going on a vacation. With some thoughtful planning, a trip to visit with family and friends or to visit specific destinations … Continue reading Trip Tips for Older Travelers with Health Considerations

Aging Well: Lifestyle Choices Enhance Brain Health

Courtesy Frye Art Museum. Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit. By Keri Pollock Lifestyle choices are some of the most effective and easiest ways to enhance brain health. What we eat, how we spend our free time, how much physical activity and social enrichment we engage in, all play a part. And anything positive you do for your … Continue reading Aging Well: Lifestyle Choices Enhance Brain Health

Creative Planning: Life Insurance Policy Can Help Pay for Care

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By Lisa Rehburg Healthcare and long term care expenses can be significant as we age.  An article in the May edition of  The CPA Journal explained that “50% of individuals over age 85 will need assistance with daily functioning because of medical problems (both physical and cognitive), and chronic care at home, in an assisted … Continue reading Creative Planning: Life Insurance Policy Can Help Pay for Care

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

Nurturing the Nurturer: The Use of Doll Therapy for Older Adults

By Miriam Zucker, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM As Aging Life Care Professionals®, when we are asked to assist with securing placement in a nursing home, there are many questions we ask beyond the physical and cognitive conditions that are prompting the move. Primary among those questions is: what was mom or dad’s occupation? Those families who … Continue reading Nurturing the Nurturer: The Use of Doll Therapy for Older Adults