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How Social Workers Help Aging Adults

Every March, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) celebrates Social Work Month. Because many of us at LifeCare Advocates hold master’s degrees in geriatric-focused social work, plus licensure in clinical social work, we want to take this opportunity to explain how our training benefits the clients we serve. Social workers help people in a... Read More

Malnutrition in Older Adults is a ‘Hidden Epidemic’

Malnutrition in older adults has been called a “hidden epidemic.” That’s because, according to the Alliance for Aging Research, “the symptoms of malnutrition can be hard to identify, even by a health care professional. Often, symptoms are dismissed as a ‘normal’ part of aging.” Malnutrition affects seniors living at home, but also those living in... Read More

How Technology Can Help Older Adults Living at Home

Many of our clients are people whose older parents are living in their own homes. Some of these clients and their parents live far away from each other, which increases stress and uncertainty for people already worried about their parent’s wellness and safety. Fortunately, there’s a lot of technology available that older people can use... Read More

Safe at Home: How a Physical Therapist Can Help You Age in Place

Millions of aging Americans want to live in their own home for as long as possible but need help making it safer and more accessible. Others, returning home after a hospitalization or surgery, may have challenges getting around or need special accommodations. These are just a few of the reasons that LifeCare Advocates now offers... Read More

Staying Well in 2021

On January 1, many people welcomed 2021 with open arms and a smidge of optimism. People of all ages are mentally drained from the stresses of the pandemic. Physically, we’re also dragging a bit, having been cut off from many of the activities that kept us moving. This may be especially so for the older... Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Thank goodness, vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus are making their way to our older loved ones. People who live in long-term care settings may already have received their first vaccination shot or been given a date when they’ll get it. Their facility will keep them informed, explain the risks and benefits of the vaccination, and... Read More

Planning Ahead for End-of-Life Care Decisions

In our last blog post, we shared some couples-oriented guidance for creating aging plans. As we noted, creating an aging plan takes some bravery and a lot of thought, and being part of a couple can add a layer of complexity. Now let’s zoom in on the elements of an aging plan that each of... Read More

Creating an Aging Plan With Your Spouse

You and your spouse or partner are accustomed to making plans together – vacations, purchases, investments, and the thousand other things that come up over the years. There may be one big plan you’ve not yet considered – an aging plan for both of you. With an aging plan, you can outline your plans for... Read More

In Challenging Times, Try a Dose of Gratitude

A helping hand. An illness cured. A sunny day. A rainy day! We experience gratitude for many reasons, big and small. And when we do, says Glenn Fox, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California, we are immersed in a uniquely human sensation. “Gratitude is such a key function of our social lives and... Read More

Caregiver Coaching Provides On-the-Spot Guidance

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which is spearheaded by the nonprofit Caregiver Action Network. It’s a time for us to recognize and honor the dedication, love, and, often, sacrifices that come with taking care of a loved one who needs our help. In America today, more than 53 million people – over one in... Read More