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Resources

  • There is helpful information on the website of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) (formerly the Mid-Atlantic Professional Geriatric Care Managers Inc.), www.aginglifecare.org.
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    Also visit www.csa.us, the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. You’ll find resources, articles, and suggestions for caregivers and older adults. You can locate individuals with certification as a senior advisor through this website.
  • The American Association for Caregiver Education, Inc. (AACE), www.caregivered.org, educates and supports individuals and the community about the fundamental problems faced by family caregivers.
  • ActiveForever, www.activeforever.com, is a source of products for practically any physical challenge.
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    The Center for Medicare Advocacy, www.medicareadvocacy.org, provides information for anyone sorting through the complexities of Medicare and Medicaid. The Center produces regular updates.
  • An often-overlooked resource for seniors and their caregivers are the services and programs of Independent Living Centers, such as mobility and low vision training. Many maintain a registry of personal care assistants (PCAs). The goal of independent living centers is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.
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    Medicare Rights Center (MRC), www.medicarerights.org, is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. The site also contains updated information for consumers about the upcoming changes in Medicare and how those will affect their health coverage.
  • SeniorDecision, www.seniordecision.com, is the first website featuring free consumer ratings and reviews of nursing homes, assisted living centers, retirement communities, and home health care agencies.
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    For a comparison and projection of the cost of care at home, at the assisted living level and in a nursing home across the United States, see www.genworth.com and click the “cost comparison” tab.
  • Read about the benefits derived from using a geriatric care manager: http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/2011/04/26/why-your-aging-parent-needs-a-geriatric-care-manager.
  • Read an article about a daughter who found her way to a care manager: www.washingtonian.com/articles/health/finding-good-solutions.

Ten Things, plus One, to Do for or With a Senior

  1. Sign them up for a driver safety education class.
  2. Educate them on how to prevent identify theft.
  3. Show them how to use a cell phone.
  4. Install a personal emergency response system in their home.
  5. Make duplicate copies of their ID cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards; telephone numbers, medications and post.
  6. Make sure they have adequate lighting to see the numbers on the telephone.
  7. Sign them up for a hearing screening.
  8. Write up their medical, social, and financial history.
  9. If they’re entitled to reduced utility bills, help them to apply.
  10. Videotape the senior’s history – childhood memories, favorite activities, foods, etc.
  11. Get them to an elderlaw attorney to set-up their estate documents – powers of attorney (health, financial), living will, letter of instruction, trust, and will.
 
 
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