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Aging Life Care Professional®

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I hope that you had a Merry Christmas. ✨

This post is about discussing what is available in the community and why you should always review someone's background (knowledge, experience, and education) before you decide to hire them for consulting work, especially when it comes to the care of your loved one.

Since gaining my certification as a Care Manager. I have decided to join a great organization known as the Aging Life Care Association®, The Experts in Aging Well®.

Due to my background, experience, and education, I was accepted into the association as an Advanced Professional Member/Certified Geriatric Care Manager, which is the highest level possible.

So what does this all mean? (Visit, https://www.aginglifecare.org/ALCA/About_Aging_Life_Care/ALCA/About_Aging_Life_Care/What_you_need_to_know.aspx?hkey=a487975b-4621-4c97-a4c9-a0efb2b7f581)

"An Aging Life Care Professional, also known as a geriatric care manager, is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide …

Red Flags: Holiday Visits with Seniors Part 2

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Hello! This blog post is a follow up to the Thanksgiving blog, “Red Flags: Holiday Visits with Seniors”.

Many seniors want to age in place or remain at home. This is an area on aging that I have a passion for and I do believe is possible with the right plan in place and of course it will take some financial planning and efforts too.

AARP, at https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/livable-communities-facts-and-figures.html an article reported that , “87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among people age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place”.

If your parents want to age in place, then visiting them on the holidays can serve as a time that you can recognize red flags, that some additional supports, may be needed. One common additional support is assistive devices or aids, this will be the focus of this blog post.

Assistive devices or aids can be a tremendous item to help your parents perform activities of da…

Vaccines for Seniors and Medicare

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The year is coming to an end, but flu and pneumonia season is not over, so I want to talk about vaccines, because you still have time.

I continue to work as a Staff RN (bedside nursing) at a local hospital and I have already cared for several patients with pneumonia, some even bilateral or both lungs, and there has been a confirmed case of death by flu for 2017.

The immune system weakens with age, this is an issue that occurs to all aging people, no matter background or culture.

It is also important to know, that with chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, and kidney disease, adding pneumonia and flu, makes the treatment plan complicated and requires longer recovery time. This essentially occurs because the body has to work harder to not only sustain the body as it manages the chronic conditions, it too has to work to fight the infection from the pneumonia and flu. Lastly, with having chronic conditions, it more likely for you to get pneumonia or flu a…

Where do you go when you need help?

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One of the duties I have as a Certified Care Manager is to, prevent avoidable trips to the hospital, to include ED (Emergency Department)/ER (Emergency Room) visits. Many people do not have a clue how this is possible, but it is, but it takes work on the part of the patient, all MDs involved in care of the patient, home health, care managers, and truly any person who has contact with the patient and could impact their health or conditions for better or for worse (sounds like marriage, right šŸ˜Š).

It's important to understand the differences between emergency rooms (ERs), urgent care, and Primary Care.

Life-threatening conditions (loss of limb or unconscious) would indicate need for the ER; non-life-threatening conditions (cough or mild allergic reaction) would indicate need for urgent care or even primary care. A PCP (Primary Care Provider) is a doctor (even a Nurse Practitioner, under the supervision of a MD, for state of SC) you select to be your general source for addressing yo…