Family Caregivers, I Need Your Input!

As a family caregiver of an older adult, you will interact with physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, direct care workers and others. You will serve as the key information source for your loved one. Social histories, medications, previous treatments and surgeries, care routines, advanced directives, day to day needs, dementia […]

Caregiving an Elderly Parent? What to do When You Feel Burned out!

FREE Caregiver Burnout Self-Assessment Worksheet

      Caregiver burnout is typically defined as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. It is a physical and/or emotional collapse brought on by chronic stress. Burnout typically occurs when caregivers don’t get the help they need or when they attempt to do more than they are capable of. Basically, caregiver burnout […]

Use The Power of Empathy to Transform Your Caregiving Experience

8 Habits of Empathetic Caregivers

The power of empathy can transform the way we care for elders and the way we ourselves experience our role as caregivers. Caregiving whether professionally or for a family member can be the toughest yet most rewarding experience on earth. It’s also frustrating and exhausting. It can push you to the edge and back again. […]

Elder Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation? Call This Community Resource!

Are you worried about an elderly parent or older adult you feel is being mistreated, exploited or abused? Is worry over your elderly parent’s ability to take care of themselves or their living conditions keeping you up at night? If so, consider using this resource… Every county in America has an Adult Protective Services (APS)  […]

Know Your Resources; Area Agency on Aging!

Welcome to Aging Parents 101: Community Resources where you’ll learn about the multitude of services both private and public available to help you help your elderly parent. Today we’re going to explore your Area Agency on Aging better known in professional circles as AAA! The Older Americans Act of 1965 helped establish an aging network […]

Being The New Old Kid On The Block is Never Easy

As a geriatric care manager, I’m often called in to help aging families struggling to find a way to help mom or dad transition to their new senior living community or independent living apartment. Older adults can transition to senior living and find a sense of peace and happiness but it’s not always easy. As […]

The Decline of the Doctor-Patient Relationship!

We’ve all noticed a decline in the quality of the doctor-patient relationship and just about everyone you talk to agrees that one of the reasons is lack of time spent face-to-face with the doctor. This is especially a concern in the field of geriatrics.  It’s estimated that with the recent cuts in Medicare a doctor […]

Collaborative Life Care Planning: Elder Law Attorneys and Geriatric Care Managers

The role of a Geriatric Care Manger in creating life care plans is not as an estate or financial planner. That would be the role of an elder law attorney but I am often the person who gets this conversation started by asking about assets and income as it relates to how best to use […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Know the Warning Signs, Early Detection Matters

Over 30 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve all thought it from time to time; “what’s wrong with me I can’t remember anything”. We’ve all become frustrated with losing our keys and wondered “could it be more”.  It’s not uncommon to forget things from time to time, especially as we age. It’s when […]