Have you ever visited your parent(s) and experienced the sense that something was slightly off? It might be something tangible or just a feeling that something is awry. If so, consider these issues as a way to gauge if your parent and/or older adult in your life might benefit from the services of an Aging Life Care Manager.
- Your older adult continues to misplace commonly used items: car keys, wallet, health insurance card, etc.
- There is a layer of dust covering every surface including the counter top where your older adult organizes important paperwork.
- You look in the fridge and find either expired and out of date food, only a handful of favorite foods and/or no fruits, vegetables and/or dairy products.
- You’re surprised to see your older adult wearing the same shirt in the last 3 visits and when you suggest that he/she change before you both leave for a special meal out, he/she becomes irritated with you.
- You pull out your cell phone to share recent photos from your grandchild’s high school graduation to your older adult and they look confused and ask you “who is that?”.
- Your older adult asks you to go pick up their mail as he/she is under the weather today. You return from the mailbox with what you think is over a month of mail; including what appears to be utility bills.
- You and your older adult are reminiscing over a cup of morning coffee and you point to an article about the president. He/she squints to try and read the main title and when you ask, “when did you have your glasses checked last?” he/she replies, “just a few months ago…my glasses are just fine.”.
An Aging Life Care Manager is a professional often trained with either a background in nursing, social work and/or gerontology and experienced with the challenges faced by older adults. A Care Manager can help to walk down the path of aging with you and your loved one, connecting you to valuable resources along the way.
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