Often a client’s crisis is the factor that brings a Care Manager into their lives. Addressing the issues that affect the client’s safety and wellbeing are the top priority. Part of Care Management advocacy includes the willingness to work through the barriers that often occur in obtaining governmental or insurance benefits. A Care Manager knows how to navigate the complicated bureaucracies on behalf of the client.
Anosognosia is a Greek-based word that can be translated as “without knowledge of disease.” It’s a condition in which a person with a disease or disability is unable to recognize something that is medically apparent.
Many of us heard the admonishment that we need to Honor Thy Mother and Father. This is really tough for persons who have experienced ongoing abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents.
We have a life-long love of the automobile. We are driving further. We are driving longer.
Happy Holidays! How can we minimize the stress, and maximize the joy? Here are some ideas.
Let’s talk about depression in older adults. You may notice that something is a bit “off” with your older loved one. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something just isn’t right.
The sensationalistic television shows on hoarding have come and gone, leaving behind misinformation and myth.
Multigenerational caregiving presents emotional and financial challenges, especially for the generation “caught in the middle.”
The entire family is impacted when a person sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
According to the National Council on Aging, falls are common in older adults and are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries.
Healthcare disparity is a concern for everyone since it involves such a large percentage of the population and contributes to escalating healthcare costs.
Language shapes ideas, perceptions, and beliefs. “People first” language emphasizes the person, not the disability.
Telling someone about the death of a friend or a loved one is never easy and is even more challenging when the person to be notified has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect are all too common problems for thousands of older American adults. Abuse can take place at home or in facilities and in different forms.
In the not-too-distant future, a frail senior who wants to age in place, at home, may well be able to do so with the help of smart home technology.
An elderly person’s refusal to bathe, brush his/her teeth, shave, change clothes, or clean the house can be frustrating and bewildering for caregivers.
A number of studies suggest that pets offer emotional and physical health benefits for people, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increased levels of serotonin.
While caring for an aging parent or loved one can be tremendously rewarding, it can also be physically, financially, and emotionally stressful, especially during the holidays.
Caring for individuals with dementia often requires home modifications that support physical as well as cognitive limitations.
Research shows that approximately 17% of American adults age 60 and over misuse alcohol and prescription drugs, but substance use disorders in this population are often undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms of substance abuse may go unrecognized because they mimic the symptoms of other medical and behavioral disorders, such as diabetes, depression, and dementia. In addition, older adults who are no longer employed, are perhaps socially isolated, and drive less (or not at all), can more easily conceal the signs and symptoms of alcohol or drug dependence, such as cravings, blackouts, physical signs of withdrawal, and neglecting responsibilities.