Don’t Delay Advance Care Planning

We tend to plan for important parts of life: education, career, marriage, homeownership, and retirement. We even plan for the not-so-important, like bringing an umbrella along when it might rain. But what most of us forget to do—or avoid doing—is plan for any decisions that may be needed as we near the end of our... Read More

The Role of Social Workers in Care Management

Every March is Social Work Month, a time to recognize the work and contributions of these professionals. Many of our Life Care Managers here at LifeCare Advocates are social workers. That can be a surprise to some people, because social workers are traditionally thought of as people who help only the disadvantaged. But the background... Read More

Celebrating 30 Years of Transforming the Experience of Aging

In 1993, families who were looking for ways to help their older loved ones continue living at home had few resources. In fact, the phrase “aging in place,” which most adults now say they want to do, was barely known outside of academic circles. But a few companies, including LifeCare Advocates, were helping consumers understand... Read More

Staying Independent at Home

We know that most people want to stay in their own homes as they get older. But what happens when an older adult begins to have trouble maintaining their home or themselves? For older adults who want to stay in their home as long as possible, care managers can play a crucial role in ensuring... Read More

How Families Can Help Ease a Grandparent’s Loneliness

Most of us take social connectedness for granted. We regularly interact with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and many others, whether online or in person. Social connectedness is important, and it’s considered crucial for older adults. It can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, improve mental and physical health, and increase overall well-being. Studies have shown... Read More

When You Have a Care Manager, You Have an Advocate

The word “advocates” is part of our company name for a very important reason. Aging brings with it a lot of changes and decisions, in everything from healthcare to ensuring one’s home is safe for aging in place. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trusted advisor who can answer your questions, help find services... Read More

Coping With Loss During the Holidays

Did you experience the loss of an older loved one this year? Grieving a loss is always difficult, but it is almost always harder during the winter holidays. It’s hard for those left behind—especially spouses—not to dwell on memories of the loved one from holidays past. And that is absolutely natural. The loss of a... Read More

Is It Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment?

One of the big health-related headlines this fall was the finding that almost 10% of U.S. adults age 65 and older have dementia, while another 22% have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The study included nearly 3,500 individuals nationwide. It found that rates of dementia and mild cognitive impairment rose sharply with age: 3% of people... Read More

This Holiday Season, Deepen the Conversation

“Share some important lessons you’ve learned in life.” “Did you like going to school? Why or why not?” “Are there any family jokes, stories or songs you can share with me?” With Thanksgiving here and other big holidays on the horizon, many families will be spending more time together than they have in a while.... Read More

Caregiving Happens: Where to Begin

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and, for many families, this may be one of the few times during the year where they spend time together. For some, it may have been a year or more since they last spent time with parents and other loved ones. Often, adult children notice changes in their aging... Read More