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Engagement with the Arts Enhances Well-Being in Alzheimer’s Patients

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. Engagement with the Arts Enhances Well-Being By Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, … Continue reading Engagement with the Arts Enhances Well-Being in Alzheimer’s Patients

What Does It Mean to be an Aging Life Care Professional®?

What is an Aging Life Care Professional?

By Spencer Brown, CMC, LNFA, MSG My introduction to the field of aging was shaped heavily by having close relationships with all four of my grandparents and seeing my parents in a caregiving role.  As a college freshman in the town where one set of grandparents lived, I spent even more time with them.  In the … Continue reading What Does It Mean to be an Aging Life Care Professional®?

It’s Just Stuff…Right? Learning to Manage the Emotions of Downsizing

It’s Just Stuff…Right? By Darcy Thiel, MA, LMHC One of my businesses is called “Less Mess, Less Stress.” When I first started, it would be what I envisioned- helping people clean out that junk room, or maybe the garage so it could be parked in. For a while, it became more hoarding or condemned houses. … Continue reading It’s Just Stuff…Right? Learning to Manage the Emotions of Downsizing

Stories from National Aging Life Care Month

Aging Life Care Month

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 from National Aging Life Care Month

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

More Than Just Things: Options and Tips for Downsizing

Life transitions often mean that we need to make decisions about what to do with years of accumulated personal property that no longer physically fits our new space, does not fit with our new lifestyle, or that needs to be liquidated to meet financial obligations. It is comforting to know there are professionals who can … Continue reading More Than Just Things: Options and Tips for Downsizing

Ensuring Food Security: Meals on Wheels and Other Resources

Food security and hunger are issues that can strike at any point in life, and many Americans struggle with putting food on the table on a day to day basis. One of the more vulnerable groups is the elder population, particularly those without a strong network of friends and family. Physical limitations and restricted income … Continue reading Ensuring Food Security: Meals on Wheels and Other Resources

A Tale of Two Programs: The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

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Medicare and Medicaid may seem similar at the outset, but are in fact two very different programs. Each one has difference qualifications and serves different purposes, but deciphering and understanding those differences can be confusing. Here are a few points of distinction to help make Medicare and Medicaid more clear.  A Tale of Two Programs … Continue reading A Tale of Two Programs: The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid

Alcohol and Dementia: Critical Lessons from USA and South Africa

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As the experts in aging well, Aging Life Care Professionals® help families cope with and manage a variety of age-related challenges such as alcohol use and dementia.  To find a professional, visit the Aging Life Care Association’s “Find an Aging Life Care Expert” search at aginglifecare.org.  As part of National Aging Life Care Month, the … Continue reading Alcohol and Dementia: Critical Lessons from USA and South Africa