Category Archives: Guest Writer

COVID-19 Meets Flu Season

After months of social distancing, hyper hand washing, and vigilant mask-wearing, are you ready for flu season? It’s coming, and it’s important to understand how the flu is similar—and different—from COVID-19, and what you can do to protect yourself and others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) and COVID-19 … Continue reading COVID-19 Meets Flu Season

An Ounce of Prevention, Two Ounces of Caution

Too many Americans have experienced less than ideal healthcare in recent months as they work through an overwhelmed system. The elderly need to be especially vigilant and prepared as states reopen and seniors begin seeing their doctors again. The system’s deficits have proven particularly dangerous for elderly persons of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has both … Continue reading An Ounce of Prevention, Two Ounces of Caution

Aging Life Care Managers – Experts in Aging and Organizing

Older adult children working from home have been contacting Aging Life Care Managers such as those at Careplan Geriatric Care Managers in Cleveland, Ohio to get organized.  Children are taking advantage of the extra time to get their elderly parents health and personal matters organized in the event of an unfortunate event. Karen McGinty of … Continue reading Aging Life Care Managers – Experts in Aging and Organizing

Caregiving Long-Distance Made Easier – One Aging Life Care Professionals® Account

In the pandemic world, we are currently living, long-distance caregiving is further complicated by the litigation set in place to protect our most vulnerable population, the elderly.  Families and friends cannot see their older adults to know they are well and cared for. A Certified Care Manager and Aging Life Care Professional® such as those … Continue reading Caregiving Long-Distance Made Easier – One Aging Life Care Professionals® Account

This Fall, Prevent Falls For Your Elder Loved One

Fall Prevention Week: September 21 – September 25, 2020 According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65+ fall every year. Having an Aging Life Care Manager as part of your health care plan for your older loved one can help avoid this common, but avoidable, part of aging. As a … Continue reading This Fall, Prevent Falls For Your Elder Loved One

How Social Isolation Stole My Mom

 On September 6, 2019, my mother turned 76. As was our birthday tradition, I invited her to lunch and suggested an outing to a local craft store she loved. For the first time ever, she refused to budge from her home. This was new behavior and it really worried me because her world was shrinking. … Continue reading How Social Isolation Stole My Mom

Cataracts in Seniors | Senior Care Options

“My mother has been complaining about blurry vision, and I am concerned she might be developing cataracts. I don’t know how she is going to adjust if she loses her sight! Is there anything that we can do, or is it too late to save her vision?” – Silvia from Woodstock   If your loved … Continue reading Cataracts in Seniors | Senior Care Options

“Dad resists every suggestion I make! Help!”

Susan is getting burnt out trying to care for her 91 year old father.  She has a part-time job teaching and takes care of her two school-age grandchildren in the afternoons.  Her mother has been gone for three years and Dad is truly struggling to stay independent, and failing at that.  His neighbors and church … Continue reading “Dad resists every suggestion I make! Help!”

Caring for our Elders and Raising Abuse Awareness

Nearly 1 in 10 American senior citizens are abused or neglected each year, yet only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is brought to the attention of authorities, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Elder abuse can mean physical and psychological harm, but it also may manifest through financial exploitation … Continue reading Caring for our Elders and Raising Abuse Awareness

Suicide Among Older Adults – And Help For Them

//// By Susan Birenbaum LCSW, MBA, C-ASWCM //// People do not realize that suicide is a major problem in the elderly. Since Older Adults have so many medical issues, it is assumed that death is a result of co-morbidity rather than suicide. Albeit, our society does not value older adults as other cultures do. In … Continue reading Suicide Among Older Adults – And Help For Them