"We are making this change now to Aging Life Care to protect and advance the profession that our members practice," said ALCA President Jeffrey S. Pine
Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) April 30, 2015
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) – the non-profit association representing more than 2,000 leaders in geriatric care management – is changing its name effective May 1, 2015 to the Aging Life Care Association™. The new name will be launched during the association’s 31st annual conference in Denver, Colorado, April 30 – May 2, 2015.
NAPGCM is becoming the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) to better reflect the broad spectrum of services and expertise offered by its members. The name change also comes in response to the growing population of adults aged 65 and over and their demand for age-related services. A new website – aginglifecare.org – allows users to search for an Aging Life Care™ expert by city, state or zip code.
In addition to the association name change, the organization is rebranding the profession. ALCA President Jeffrey S. Pine, MS, MSPH, CMC says, “The world of what is being called care management is spinning out of control. There is no longer a single definition of what care managers do. We are making this change now to Aging Life Care to protect and advance the profession that our members practice.”
The association was formed in 1985 by a group of about 50 members – mainly social workers and nurses – who came together to build a profession from the ground up. “Our association was the first to represent the pioneers in a growing and developing field,” said ALCA CEO Kaaren Boothroyd. “ALCA recognizes the vulnerable population our professionals serve, so we have developed the highest standards by which to hold our members accountable – for both the protection of the client and the public.”
Aging Life Care™ / geriatric care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals™ provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers.
“While the name may be changing, the association remains deeply committed to the strong professional code of ethics and standards of practice developed and adhered to by the membership,” said Pine.
Aging Life Care Professionals throughout the country will celebrate National Aging Life Care Month this May by providing seminars, webinars, special events, open houses, and other educational activities for the public. For more information, visit ALCA’s new website aginglifecare.org and connect with an expert in your area.
ABOUT the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA)
ALCA (formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers) was formed in 1985 to advance dignified care for older adults and their families in the United States. Aging Life Care Professionals™ have extensive training and experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, and families who need assistance with caregiving issues. They assist families in the search for a suitable nursing home placement or extended care if the need occurs. The practice of Aging Life Care™ and the role of care providers have captured a national spotlight, as generations of Baby Boomers age in the United States and abroad. For more information or to access a nationwide directory of Aging Life Care Professionals, please visit aginglifecare.org.