Remoteness in the Time of Coronavirus

May 18, 2020 — Long time Aging Life Care member, Edith Bayme, discusses her feelings on staying at home, her clients, and the solace she finds in ceramics.   As a seasoned care manager, this pandemic has forced me to stay in like everyone else. My husband and I are both working from home. He is on the verge of... Read More

The Wheels in Motion… must stay in motion!

August 20, 2018 — Lilly, a 97-year-old lady, had round the clock home care due to hip and vascular issues.  EMS was called when she collapsed at home and was taken to the hospital’s emergency room.  After a 23 hour stay in the ER, Lilly was assessed by a neurologist.  The neurologist determined she was not ambulatory and developed... Read More

Providing a Quality of Life and Much More

April 19, 2018 — With Charlie’s discharge from Rehab imminent and with a pressing need to change his living situation, the 85 year-old bachelor, sought the services of an Aging Life Care Manager upon the recommendation of the rehab social worker. Thus began my special relationship with Charlie, one that had a tremendous impact on Charlie’s quality of life... Read More

Singing A Different Song

April 3, 2018 — Jane Smith an elderly single and childless opera singer, was going to and from her church at odd hours and disrupting religious services with her singing at inappropriate times.  Her distraught family took Jane for a neurological evaluation after learning of other strange behaviors, including shoplifting and a generalized confused state. The neurologist contacted an... Read More

Winter Blues

January 29, 2018 — Winter in New York can be bitter, cold and dark. It is no wonder that many of us feel that also describes our mood during this colder season. The “Winter Blues” is not a seasonal theme, but a term for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is a type of depression... Read More

Natural Disasters

December 19, 2017 — The names Maria, Harvey and Irma have become synonymous with devastating disasters. These hurricanes left behind trails of destruction—killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands of people without homes. Sadly, the effects of these disasters can leave the aging population even more defenseless in the aftermath of the event. We recently spoke to Anne Markowitz... Read More

In The Beginning

October 24, 2017 — Prior to the early 80s, the term “Care Management” was non-existent. Over the span of 35 years, how did this concept lead to a growing national organization of 1,700 members? A small group of women, who were social workers, changed the industry; they decided that regimented ‘Case Management provided through facilities wasn’t enough the help... Read More

Inch By Inch

September 24, 2017 — It’s a brutal, blistery winter day and I have in hand a grocery bag filled with milk, orange juice and cigarettes. I hope, after one month of delivering these items, that today she  will open her apartment door more than an inch. Her alumni (nursing) association learned of  her multiple “failure to thrive” emergency room admissions and made the referral. All of my past attempts to... Read More

Loss and Change

December 21, 2016 — The blogger spoke with Arleen Stern, LCSW, who has worked with the aging all of her professional life, and also does psycho-therapy, as the issues she encounters are not always or only related to aging. I am working with a couple. The man is demented, his wife, Mrs. K., is very clear, very smart, but... Read More