Ask the Care Manager: About Hoarding

November 16, 2016 — Two to five percent of the population is thought to have hoarding behaviors, with the prevalence increasing with the aging population. The above examples are typical of what families and professionals face with hoarding behavior. The individual who hoards tends to be single or divorced, and has hereditary factors with first-degree relatives who were hoarders. A stressful life event, such as a car accident or a death of a loved one, can often precede the behavior. Co-morbidities such as depression and anxiety, social phobias, schizophrenia, dementia, mental retardation and OCD can also be present.

Understand Estate Planning and Probate Elder Law Attorneys Can Help

August 12, 2016 — By Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook on 03/27/2015 Estate planning means much more than preparing a Last Will and Testament or tax planning for the disposition of your assets upon your death. Estate planning is the process of accumulating and disposing of an estate to maximize the goals of the estate owner. Th­e goals of estate... Read More

How to Know Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

August 12, 2016 —         The Alzheimer’s Association Provides Some Common Signs Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, it is recommended you see a doctor. 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss,... Read More

Financial Abuse and Exploitation

August 12, 2016 — By Wendy Liebling, MSW, LSW, C-ASWCM Financial abuse and exploitation of older adults have reached epidemic proportions, with losses in the U.S. reaching up to $36 billion per year. Pennsylvania, with the third highest population of older adults in the US, is poised to suffer disproportionately from these scams and identity theft. They bring emotional... Read More

Bed Bug Epidemic Is On the Rise Across the Country

May 10, 2016 — A once almost eradicated bug infestation after World War II has re-emerged again on the scene. These small dark brown dorsally flattened bugs with 3 pairs of legs are ¼ inches long. They darken in color to a dark chestnut brown after feeding and lighten in color when they have not fed for a period of time. They are a nocturnal creature and biting occurs at night.

Choosing the Best Incontinence Product

February 5, 2016 — Life’s choices are best navigated through the experience of others. As an Aging Life Care Professional, you guide clients and families through a complex maze of resources and options to facilitate successful aging in place. Incontinence is an issue which needs to be addressed to reduce social isolation, prevent secondary health issues and reduce the need for long term care admission. Beyond the need for timely medical intervention, selecting the appropriate products to effectively manage incontinence will play a pivotal role in the quality of life of your clients and their caregivers.

Snap for Seniors: Caregiver Stress Test

November 10, 2015 — Caregiver Stress Test by Snap for Seniors Caregivers are usually so involved in caring for the needs of their loved ones that they can easily lose sight of their own needs. To get a better idea of the level of stress you are dealing with as a primary caregiver, please answer the following questions as... Read More

Tips for Seniors in Transition

February 10, 2015 — Author: Marlene Stocks It’s February, and for many individuals that means sticking to the resolutions made at the start of the year. Often, these resolutions focus on self-improvement or a change in lifestyle. Popular resolutions include exercising more, eating healthier foods, quitting smoking and spending more time with family. But for seniors in transition, the resolutions... Read More