May is National Aging Life Care Month
With a national spotlight shining on the caregiving challenges faced by families, more attention is being paid to the impact our aging population has on our communities and resources.
Our ever growing population of adults 65 and older brings new challenges to our economy, infrastructure and the institutions supporting our elders. Statistics noted by the Population Reference Bereau “Baby Boomers,” aged 55 to 73 in 2019, are working and living longer than previous generations. Health and opportunity disparities exist between gender, race, and socioeconomic background. Family models are changing. Many seniors live alone without traditional family caregivers. Adult children who live far from their parents face many challenges as they try to care for them from a distance. Adult daughters struggle to work full time, care for their family, and care for their aging parents.
With a national spotlight shining on the caregiving challenges faced by families, more attention is being paid to the impact our aging population has on our communities and resources. Aging Life Care Professionals, also known as Geriatric Care Managers, are uniquely poised to respond the needs of families of seniors while helping adults plan for and face age-related challenges.
Aging Life Care is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges. The Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for an older relative or disabled adult. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides answers during a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress, and time off work for family caregivers.
Aging Life Care Professionals have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities. Aging Life Care Professionals are members of the Aging Life Care Association® (ALCA) who have met stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.
ElderCare Connections is celebrating National Aging Life Care Month this May. We’ll be sharing education and creative resources throughout the month via our ElderCare Blog, Facebook page, Twitter Account and LinkedIn. Please check in to any (or all) of these sites to learn more about how we can help you and the seniors in your life as you travel the journey of aging.