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Ask a care manager: Are you ready for a trip?

After much talking, planning and decisions galore, my husband and I, along with another couple, started out on a cross-country trip. We pulled a fifth-wheel trailer, called a “rig” by those in the know, and stayed in campgrounds across the country and back. This trip was our second cross-country, the first being 30 years ago pulling a tent trailer […]

Comments Off / November 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Housing choices for older adults

Irene has been alone for a number of years after her husband passed away unexpectedly in his early 70s. Although she struggled the first few years getting used to being by herself, she managed and became more independent in the process. She is now in her mid-80s, her health is declining and her family is […]

Comments Off / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: After the big reunion

When there are nine children on each side of the parent family and nine children of their own plus their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren that span a number of years, it’s safe to say that planning a family get-together — a reunion — can be a very big deal. With the original parents gone and […]

Comments Off / August 19, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: What is a family?

After a number of years we’re having a family reunion. In fact, having attended several of these throughout 35-plus years, we volunteered to help host this year’s event. It will be here before we know it. The interesting thing that this brings up is what is a family? It started easily enough. We would invite any/all […]

Comments Off / July 14, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Getting older? How and what to prepare for

Susan and her husband have thought about retirement for some years. She says she started thinking about it as she approached 55 but said, “not yet.”  Her husband, while knowing it was coming, didn’t actively begin to think about the next phase until he hit 60 and knew he could qualify for Social Security payments […]

1 Comment / June 04, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Mothers: Who they are and what they give us

I picked out cards to give for Mother’s Day last week and kept having to double check myself because I felt like I was forgetting someone. I wanted to remember my grandchildren’s mothers (my daughter and daughters in law). It wasn’t until I was back in my car heading back to work that I remembered. […]

Comments Off / May 15, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Aging in Community

A recent American Society on Aging Journal, “Generations” devoted the entire issue to Aging in Community, asaging.org. Being a social worker working with older and their families for many years always draws me to professional publications and programs that deal with the issues. It was on a recent vacation with friends that I began reading […]

Comments Off / April 20, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »