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Living with Dementia

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA “I’m Still Myself”  "Here is what I wish someone had told me about three weeks after I was diagnosed.  Dementia is not a death sentence.  It is a wakeup call to live your life, today and every day for the rest of your life as fully as possible. ...

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Navigating the Medical Maze

Navigating the Medical Maze or “ A Week in the Life of a Care Manager” The other day I received an urgent call from a woman whose husband had just been discharged from a local hospital to a nearby nursing home.  She was confronted with a painful dilemma—she needed to...

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Aging Alone

 Could You Be An Elder Orphan? In 2013 when I was working as an aging life care manager our business held a focus group comprised of aging adults who lived in our community.  We wanted to learn what their most pressing concerns were.  The number one fear was “how am I...

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Retirement Community Options

WHAT IF? What if, after considering all the important questions about what it takes to age in place, you decide it is not the right decision for you?  What are the alternatives for a supportive retirement community?  This is article, the last in the series, ...

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What It Takes to Age In Place

Part III in Series on “Aging Well” ‘’ITS ALWAYS TOO SOON UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE”  If you are one of those people who say “I am staying put, thank you,” then you are not alone! Literature states that 90% of adults want to “age in place.”  That is because we all assume...

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The Biology of Aging–What You Need to Know NOW

The Biology of Aging—What You Need to Know NOW Part II in the Series “Aging Well” We all want to “Age Well” so we can “Age in Place.”  Aging in place is not as idyllic or easy as it sounds.  Why not, you might ask?  While in your mind, you visualize the person you...

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How You Age Matters

AGING WELL Part 1 --"Age vs Aging"--HOW YOU AGE MATTERS "You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” George Burns, American Comedian This cartoon portrays a classic picture of what we think of when we hear the words “senior citizen,” “elder,”...

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What Is An Aging Life Care Manager?

If you've never heard of an Aging Life Care Manager or a Geriatric Care Manager (as we in the profession were formerly called), don't feel bad; you are not alone! But, if you are a baby boomer (like me) and facing challenging situations with your aging parents, then...

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