Is My Loved-One Safe in Assisted Living?

Posted Posted in Aging Life Care Planning, Articles, Caregiver Coaching, Dementia, Living and Care Options, RN Care Management, Senior Housing, Seniors

So many of us worry about our loved ones being safe, comfortable and treated with kindness when they are living a senior community (i.e. assisted living). The sad fact is most elder abuse is by a family member. Abuse can come in many forms such as intimidation (emotional), physical or financial, neglect, etc. But what […]

What is an Aging Life Care™ Manager?

Posted Posted in Aging Life Care Planning, Caregiver Coaching, Living and Care Options, RN Care Management, Seniors

I’m always a little unsure how to provide a meaningful answer when we are asked, “What does an Aging Life™ Care Manager do?”.  To many, our responsibilities seem straight-forward. To others, they may scratch their head and try to imagine how we might be able to help a loved-one better than family.  Families don’t necessarily […]

Resources to Learn More About Alzheimer’s/Dementia Research, Prevention, Treatment

Posted Posted in Aging Life Care Planning, Articles, Caregiver Coaching, Dementia, Seniors

Alzheimer’s Association 800.272.3900  24/7 NIH Clinical Trials Good overview videos What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s | Lisa Genova Gary Small MD/Successful Aging More in-depth clinical information Dale Bredesen, MD A Precision Approach to End ALZ Reversal of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease – Aging (Albany NY). 2016 Jun […]

Living with Family – Expectations and Boundaries

Posted Posted in Aging Life Care Planning, Caregiver Coaching, Dementia, Living and Care Options, Senior Housing, Seniors

If your family has decided that an older adult needs constant care and that living together is probably the best solution, then you may be wondering why any further discussion is necessary. Even if you think it isn’t, consider taking a few minutes to sit down with your loved-one to answer the following questions. Doing […]

Decisions: From Independent Households to Extended Family Households

Posted Posted in Caregiver Coaching, Dementia, Senior Housing, Seniors

You may recall the days when parents lived with their grown children (think The Walton’s).  Many cultures adopted this arrangement for financial or traditional reasons. Then an era of independence became more common.  I recall my grandmother wanting her own household in the sixties. Over time, changes in society have caused us to re-examine independent […]

Keeping up with Senior Living in the Face of a Pandemic: How are retirement communities coping?

Posted Posted in Senior Housing, Seniors

For some of us, what we hear on the news about the pandemic occurring in nursing homes, and other congregate living communities can be frightening.  Is now the best time to move? For independent living retirement communities (aka CCRC’s) much is the same.  Here are two communities in Northern VA sharing what has changed, if […]

Local Mental Health Resources Are Available

Posted Posted in Seniors

I often find our local, northern Virginia government confusing and overwhelming.  We hope that if you need mental health resources that you will contact our Aging Life Care Professionals at 571-488-9396 or reach out to the entities below: Local Resources: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board offers help for mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. Click here for […]