In the fall of 2012, Hebrew SeniorLife gathered together geriatric thought-leaders, researchers and physicians for our inaugural "You and Your Aging Parents" program, an important discussion about the steps one should take to help aging parents as they make decisions regarding health and well-being. Overwhelmingly positive response indicates the need for this information and Hebrew SeniorLife continues to offer this program. Check our events listing for upcoming events.
In addition, we published expert advice from the first program in an ebook, “You and Your Aging Parents,” which Hebrew SeniorLife is offering as a free downloadable pdf. The discussion also inspired our “You and Your Aging Parents” blog series, a series that includes this blog post and covers the various issues and concerns you may encounter as you and your parent/s continue on the journey of aging.
A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health care professional who provides a thorough assessment of an elder’s diverse needs and assists families in developing a comprehensive and manageable senior care plan. GCMs have extensive knowledge of the medical, psychological, cognitive, social and physical challenges of aging. They possess specialized expertise to implement an appropriate care plan, balancing the elder’s needs, values, and wishes with what is both realistic and possible. Families can rely on a GCM to help navigate complex systems and gain access to public and private resources, while providing support and advocacy. The need to talk with a GCM often arises when there is a change in circumstances such as change in location, a change in medical or cognitive status or the loss of a spouse.
To download your copy of our “You and Your Aging Parent” ebook, visit our website, www.agingredefined.org.