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The Professional Care Manager's Perspective
Professional geriatric care managers are on the frontlines when it comes to understanding the day-to-day needs of older people. Providing insights, expertise and an objective voice, the care manager is an advocate, an advisor and a health and human services specialist. Our blog contributors share their knowledge of the issues they are passionate about, all of which add to seniors? quality of life.


Seniors Traveling Safe

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 by Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
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Taking a summer vacation and wondering if you should or should not bring along elderly parents? Here are some things to consider:
When traveling with an elderly or disabled person, planning is key. You should be looking for accommodations and destinations that are the… Read Full Post

When elderly parents move in

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 by Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
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When planning for parents to move in with you, it’s important to know and plan for the care they will likely need and consider the following issues which might arise.

A clear financial plan is essential in planning co-habitation with elderly parents. Do some investigating… Read Full Post

Planning for the future with aging parents

A proactive approach to being prepared for the unexpected.
Step 3: How To Evaluate Housing Suitability And Understand Options
Posted on Feb 01, 2010 by Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
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A very important part of planning for the aging process is a realistic evaluation of the current housing situation. When elderly or disabled people try to live in an unsuitable environment, inevitably a crisis or major safety issue can arise. It can also lead to… Read Full Post

Music Therapy Can Help People With Dementia

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 by Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC
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People familiar with Alzheimer’s know this: The memory loss and other effects are retrograde. People lose memories, skills and abilities in the opposite order from how they were acquired.

People familiar with language acquisition know this: Melodies and songs are easy to learn and aid… Read Full Post

The Best Ways To Talk To An Alzheimer’s Patient

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 by Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC
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It requires special techniques, patience and sensitivity to successfully communicate with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Here are a few suggestions that can help you communicate more effectively.

  • Pay extra attention to your facial expression and body language, since these… Read Full Post

Planning for the future with aging parents:

Step 2: Navigating the healthcare system with success
Posted on Oct 12, 2009 by Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
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I am often in the role of being an advocate for my clients during a hospitalization or visit to the emergency room when there is no family available. This is so important when there is a serious illness or cognitive impairment, and a person cannot… Read Full Post

Why Sleep Is Essential For Seniors

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 by Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC
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It’s a common misconception to think that seniors need less sleep than younger adults. Like younger people, older adults require seven to nine hours of sleep per night. At any age, sleep is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. Seniors, however, are more… Read Full Post

Planning for the future with aging parents: Proactive approach to being prepared for the unexpected

Maximizing Medical Visits
Posted on Aug 17, 2009 by Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM
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Visits to healthcare professionals have become quite brief, making it ever so important to develop skills to make this time the most productive. Elderly, disabled, or memory-impaired individuals often need help in this area, so I will often attend visits with them to not only… Read Full Post

Need help getting Mom or Dad to take their medicine?

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 by Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC
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It’s hard to remember to take your medication at any age, especially when you are taking more than one prescription. Also, in some cases, having to take a daily pill is a frustrating reminder of an ailment or debilitating physical or mental condition. However, the… Read Full Post

Elder Abuse is on the Rise

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 by Barbara Schuh, CMC
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As a Geriatric Care Manager and home care provider for more than 10 years, I have recently seen an alarming increase in the number of cases of elder financial abuse. Phone calls from family and friends of older adults urge me to help protect their… Read Full Post

In Tune: Why You Should Be Aware Of Sensory Loss…And How To Adapt

Posted on May 22, 2009 by Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC
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We experience the world through our senses. When one or more of them is affected by disease, accidents or the aging process, it diminishes one’s ability to function at optimal levels. As one ages, the loss of hearing or sight might contribute to isolation and/or… Read Full Post

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