Alabama Seniors, Care Giving, Care Managers

Slow Medicine in Caregiving

Dennis McCullough, M.D., explores the concept of slow medicine in his book, “My Mother, Your Mother.” According to McCullough, slow medicine is a movement to keep elders safe and comfortable while preserving their quality of life. It requires a “special commitment undertaken by families and health professionals working together.” The concept of slow medicine focuses on elders at age 80 and beyond. Millions of families are coping with elder care needs without sufficient resources or professional advocates. By being aware of an elder’s changing needs, a medical crisis no longer dictates care. Slower decision making allows physicians to respect what…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors

10 Signs for the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Cognitive impairment has increased over the past decade. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. November marks National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. Most people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. Without early detection, many sufferers miss the opportunity to get the best help possible. 10 Signs for Early Detection (from the Alzheimer’s Association) 1) Memory changes that disrupt daily life 2) Challenges in planning or solving problems 3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work 4) Confusion with time or place 5) Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6) New…

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Alabama Seniors, Care Giving, Care Managers

May is National Geriatric Care Manager Month

Awareness during the month of May focuses on older adults and those that care for them. Professional care management is the process of planning and coordinating the care of the elderly and disabled to improve their quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible. A care manager is an aging specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. They are trained and experienced in, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. In addition, the care manager is an experienced…

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Alabama Seniors, Care Giving, Care Managers

Stability and Slow Medicine: The First Station of Later Life

Stability for an elder may consist of a “set” schedule without the rigors of daily life imposed on them. A normal day consists of waking up without an alarm clock, reading the newspaper, collecting the mail, talking with friends over lunch, and taking a walk. Small illnesses or chronic conditions may come and go without much disruption to this relaxed schedule. During this time of stability (or “first station of later life”), elders and their families must be proactive and prepare for the end of this period of stability. Change is inevitable. Slow medicine means being proactive with attentive listening.…

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Alabama Seniors, Care Giving

Impacting an Elder’s Life Through Compromise

In our third entry discussing slow medicine, we explore compromise or “the second station of later life.” For an elder, changing circumstances make the station of compromise a vulnerable time. “My Mother, Your Mother” author Dennis McCullough believes the Station of Compromise is the time when careful attention and intervention can make the greatest and longest-lasting difference. Put Yourself in Their Shoes Slowly join your parents’ conversations with their doctors. Don’t turn to pills first. Realize that medications may alleviate some issues but still have consequences. Don’t be afraid to ask for a diagnosis in “plain English.” Be aware of…

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Alabama Seniors, Fitness & Health

10 Practical Ways to Handle a Crisis

The first crisis in the life of an elder is a time for immediate action. Despite your vigilance in the past, some crises will be unavoidable. Understand that this is not the time of “why’s” and “what if’s.” During the Station of Crisis, you have become the older adult caring for your aging parents and making decisions about their care. This third station of later life, described by Dennis McCullough in “My Mother, Your Mother,” may cause you to feel inadequate. By using these practical tasks, you can improve how you handle this time of crisis. 1) Find out what…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors

Having a Plan for Later Life

Do you have a later life plan for your money that focuses on your personal well-being? For older adults, the tasks of managing checking accounts, paying bills, or reviewing financial statements can feel confusing and overwhelming. Financial Planning week is from October 4 to 10 and is a “celebration to help individuals discover the value of financial planning and make smart financial decisions to achieve life goals and dreams.” At Marca Life Planning, our planners want to help you reach your goals for aging and live your best life. We are proactive in ensuring security in your later life. Our…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Age in Place

The concept of people aging in their own homes or in a retirement community is known as “age in place.” Remaining independent is often taken for granted until we begin our journey into old age. With the right help, aging in place supports healthy aging and allows you to remain in control. Many reasons exist why people prefer to age in place. We give you five reasons to consider. 1) The costs of nursing home care are increasing. Remaining in your home as you age could save you up to $206 a day or $75,190 annually. 2) You’ll retain control…

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Alabama Seniors, Retirement

Protect Your Family from the Unexpected

Approximately 120 million Americans do not have up-to-date estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents, or untimely death. Without advanced planning, money and time can be lost. The National Association of Estate Planners and Councils “promotes education of financial and estate planning throughout the year” with October 18 to 24 serving as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. No matter your net worth, it’s important to have a basic estate plan in place. A plan ensures that your family and financial goals are met after you die. It includes a will, assignment of power…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors, Fitness & Health, Retirement

Are You Ready for Medicare Enrollment?

Medicare enrollment season begins on November 15, and this year could be especially confusing. Older adults and their loved ones may need assistance analyzing their coverage options. Remember these important tips when signing up for Medicare: 1) Medicare supplements (or Medigap) help pay some of the health care costs that the Original Medicare Plan doesn’t cover. Policies A through L is available, although not all are available in every state. 2) If you’re healthy and 65, you must pick Medicare A, B, or C. Medicare Advantage (Part C) focuses on prevention and is a great choice for those that fit…

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