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Hoarding and Older Adults

May 2, 2024 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, Director of Care Management Among the challenges that confront Aging Life Care professionals, working with a client who has hoarding behaviors is one of the most perplexing. Families may engage a care manager when they’ve discovered an aging parent or loved one’s safety and well-being are jeopardized by excessive clutter in their... Read More

Better Outcomes in Housing Decisions for Seniors

April 1, 2024 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, Director of Care Management Among the various complex aging issues addressed by Aging Life Care professionals are the questions and dilemmas that revolve around housing decisions. Care managers are well equipped to help improve outcomes in housing challenges experienced by their clients. Families may reach out to a care manager for... Read More

Communication for the Aging Family

March 1, 2024 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, Director of Care Management We started off 2024 discussing the challenge of long-distance caregiving and provided some tools for families who find themselves geographically remote from their aging loved ones. Like geography, family dynamics can also impact family communication around the needs of an aging family member. All families, by their... Read More

Strategies for Caring from a Distance (Part 2)

February 2, 2024 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, Director of Care Management Last month we introduced the topic of long-distance caregiving and explored how to effectively help a loved one deal with the challenges of aging from afar. We examined the necessity of communication and planning and discussed essential tasks families can undertake to help organize care. This month,... Read More

Strategies for Long-Distance Caregiving

January 2, 2024 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, Director of Care Management November and December include multiple occasions to gather, often resulting in family members traveling from a distance to spend time with aging parents and loved ones, whom they don’t see regularly because of geographic separation. These visits sometimes result in family members becoming aware of changes... Read More

2023… That’s a Wrap!

December 4, 2023 — by Jason Wu, President of Elder Care Management With the chill in the air and the falling of leaves, I am reminded that we are again approaching the end of one year and the beginning of another. As I always do at this time of the year, I have begun to reflect on the last 11 months... Read More

The Gift of a Plan

November 3, 2023 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management 2023 is drawing to a close and our year-long discussion about the challenges of aging concludes with the topic of End of Life planning. As the season of gift-giving approaches, we emphasize that having a plan and documenting end of life wishes is truly a... Read More

Avoiding Elder Abuse

October 2, 2023 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Our series this year has explored many of the challenges of aging as we sought to educate and encourage with information to help increase well-being while taking on these challenges. We’ve discussed how the holistic approach of Aging Life Care can provide support for older adults... Read More

Care Coordination: A Care Manager’s Expertise

September 4, 2023 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management The healthcare journey can be full of challenges for older adults (and their families) and further complicated by the management of chronic diseases or dementia – sometimes both. Patients often express frustration with providers who are unfamiliar with them, with the cost of care, and the... Read More

Caregiving: It’s a Balancing Act

August 1, 2023 — by Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Just a sampling of the statistics on caregiving provides a sobering perspective on why the topic of caregiving and support for caregivers is so important. According to The Family Caregiver Alliance, in 2015: 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult over 50 years old. 16.1... Read More