Unique New Resource Available for Washington Area Seniors and Their Families

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Worried daughter. Long-distance son. Overwhelmed senior. That's when a call to a certified geriatric care manager (CMC) can help. Or when a senior or family member is perplexed by the maze of health, financial and social issues unique to seniors, contacting a certified senior advisor (CSA) can make a difference. A unique Washington, D.C. area resource is now available to seniors and their loved ones. "The Art of Eldercare," the care management division of Jackson-Brown Associates, LLC. is unique among other "senior service entities" because its founder, Irene V. Jackson-Brown, is both a certified geriatric care manager (CMC) and a certified senior advisor (CSA).

Stay ready, so you don't have to get ready

Worried daughter. Long-distance son. Overwhelmed senior. Stressed-out caregiver. Helpless friend. Concerned neighbor. That's when a call to a certified geriatric care manager (CMC) can help. Or when a senior or family member is perplexed by the maze of health, financial and social issues unique to seniors, contacting a certified senior advisor (CSA) can make a difference.

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers certifies professional care managers and requires all of its members to strictly adhere to the association's standards of practice. Like care management certification, The Society of Certified Senior Advisors gives certification only after comprehensive instruction and successful passing of an examination.

Irene V. Jackson-Brown is extremely rare among her colleagues since she is certified as both a geriatric care manager and a senior advisor. Besides having a Ph.D., she brings her background in management, adult education, teaching, and coaching to her work.

"Care management and advising seniors combines problem-solving, teaching, research, and creative thinking," working outside the box, she says. "You can only do this work if you're a passionate and creative advocate for seniors and their families and willing to go more than the extra mile for your client," Jackson-Brown says. "A background in human relations helps."

Geriatric care management isn't a new specialty. But it remains an untapped resource for seniors. "In 1993, my husband happened to read a news article about care management. Luckily, there was a care manager in our area. She held my hand and led me through the maze of caregiving issues that surrounded me and my father who was paralyzed from prostate cancer," Jackson-Brown says.

In her practice, Jackson-Brown drills clients with the phrase: "Stay ready, so you don't have to get ready," a pro-active stance to aging and caregiving gracefully and wisely." She continues: "With more people living longer, we are already seeing changes in how seniors age and function today. And there's also the crucial task of equipping caregivers -- whether informal, family, or paid."

Care management and senior advising take many forms. For example, Jackson-Brown recalls the concern that f two out-of-town daughters had about their 91 year-old mother's driving. Jackson-Brown knew about a driving school that conducted a specially developed behind-the-wheel assessment for seniors. The mother passed the assessment and was provided with recommendations and devices for her car.

Working with a network of service providers -- both medical and non-medical -- Jackson-Brown is a ready referral source for seniors and their families. While many agencies and organizations assist the elderly and their families, Jackson-Brown's "The Art of Eldercare' has the independence to be comprehensive, flexible, and objective and the experience and know-how to provide creative solutions and cost-savings solutions to caregiving challenges.

"The Art of Eldercare" offers "boutique care management." "We target seniors and their families who have the resources to pay for this service. But, the goal is to show seniors how to stretch their money and to make the best use of their "nest egg" and their family's time and financial resources," Jackson-Brown says. "The rainy day is here. With seniors 85 and older as the fastest growing section of the population and the aging of baby boomers, the services of a care manager or senior advisor can be key to aging wisely."

Typical fees in the Washington, D.C. area are $85 to $150 per hour or for continuous care management, another pricing structure is available. "The Art of Eldercare" offers consultations on-site, electronically, and by telephone. The company can be reached directly: 202-722-4205.

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