Caution: rant ahead

“SIGH”, she says as she steps up on her soapbox once again. While trying to maintain a positive attitude that people are waking up to the unacceptable state of elder care in our country, yesterday I was so disappointed in our disjointed, fragmented healthcare system. I received a call from a memory care community where… Continue reading Caution: rant ahead

5 handy gadgets for boomers and beyond

One of the rewards I enjoy as a geriatric care manager is the opportunity to pass along helpful tips to make the day-to-day job of growing older a bit easier, safer and sometimes, more fun! I regularly accompany my dear clients to medical appointments, on routine errands like grocery shopping, and everyone’s favorite – going… Continue reading 5 handy gadgets for boomers and beyond

No time like the present: one caregiver’s lesson from impatient to I’m patient

Most of us live in a world that is ruled by clocks and calendars. We live with one foot in the present and the other foot in the future. Rarely do we reflect on the past. Time spent reminiscing is limited to a few holidays, family get-togethers and the occasional flashback triggered by a song… Continue reading No time like the present: one caregiver’s lesson from impatient to I’m patient

The weight of guilt

Guilt is a 4-letter word in disguise. It is a bad feeling that can tear us down and leave us in a soggy mess, mired down by the weight of it. Family caregivers wrestle with feelings of guilt frequently. Sometimes guilt is like jet lag from a non-stop cross country flight, depriving us of rest,… Continue reading The weight of guilt

Love Story

When I was in my early teens a song, “Pass It On”, was popular. The first line is “in only takes a spark to get a fire going”… I am honored to serve two older adult clients and their daughter in my “encore” career. Once a week I have the privilege of visiting a husband… Continue reading Love Story

Grateful

This week I completed my internship to fulfill requirements of my geriatric care management coursework. The time I’ve spent with my preceptor and care manager mentors has flown by and I’m grateful for the time and wisdom they have shared with me. I’m most grateful to their clients and family members who agreed to share… Continue reading Grateful