How Aging Life Care Tackles the Myths of Aging
“Aging is an opportunity,” says LifeCare Advocates’ CEO, Kate Granigan (pictured at right). It’s probably safe to say that most people haven’t thought of aging in that way, but Kate has become a leader in the field. After more than 30 years of planning care for older adults and building a successful care management company, Kate has in-depth knowledge of the realities of aging in this country. And her approach is always positive, always empowering.
Kate notes that “Aging comes with a lot of outdated myths,” such as getting old means getting weak and frail, or cognitive decline is inevitable. But, she says, “We all have the power to change how we feel about aging.” In fact, throughout the month of May we have been celebrating Aging Life Care™ Month, and Aging Life Care is a specialty that shows us all how we can drop the myths and age well—and optimally, despite any challenges.
In that spirit, we encourage the public to learn more about how Aging Life Care Professionals® can help them live well as they age. With our expertise in numerous areas—from physical and mental health to financial services and social supports—we can bring together everything a client needs. We act as a sort of “general contractor” for the project of aging. Our involvement frees family members to focus on their relationships with their older loved ones without the burden of doing research or managing services.
We approach our work, as Kate said, as providing opportunities for our clients and their families. We encourage and enable healthy lifestyles, we advocate for the client with doctors and other professionals, and we look for ways to make aging in place easier.
Kate is a leader not just here at LifeCare Advocates, but also with the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA). She has long been involved with the national association and its New England chapter. She currently the president-elect of the national association and will serve as president next year. “Being a member of ALCA and its board of directors has transformed my career through interactions with incredible colleagues across the country, an opportunity to be a part of a group of like-minded professionals, and innovative thinkers on the cutting edge of aging,” says Kate.
Her ongoing mission, she says, is “to the profession and to getting the word out about this incredible resource for aging adults and their families.”
We encourage everyone to approach aging not intimidated by the myths, but empowered by the opportunities!