“As the population of adult children supporting their aging parents grows, our work as Aging Life Care Managers could not be more relevant."
TUCSON, Ariz. (PRWEB) May 01, 2019
The Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) – the nonprofit association representing 2,000 leaders in Aging Life Care™ / care management – will celebrate Aging Life Care Month, which highlights the Aging Life Care profession during the month of May.
While the practice and profession of Aging Life Care is not new, the field has been growing and is more crucial now than it ever has been. According to the 2017 Profile of Older Americans, “the 85 and over population is projected to more than double from 6.4 million in 2016 to 14.6 million in 2040 (a 129% increase).” In addition, about one in every seven Americans is an older American. As we age, our caregiving needs increase. Aging Life Care Professionals® play a significant role, as they are prepared to help aging adults plan for and face age-related challenges.
Aging Life Care is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges. The Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for an older relative or disabled adult. Working with families, these experts provide 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 work for family caregivers.
“As the population of adult children supporting their aging parents grows, our work as Aging Life Care Managers could not be more relevant,” said Lisa Mayfield, ALCA President. “As Aging Life Care Professionals, we bring peace of mind to families by helping them navigate all of the options for care. Having an outside guide and unbiased expert is often the missing piece of the puzzle to help families move from crisis to action. We can often predict what will come next so families can shift from putting out fires (sometimes literally!) to being proactive. We also bring our expertise in aging well to guide individuals in their own planning for aging. Families do not have to do this alone; we are here to help.”
These professionals have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities. As members of ALCA, Aging Life Care Professionals must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice. Members may be trained in any of number of fields related to long-term care. These include counseling, gerontology, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, and other allied health professions, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging.
Aging Life Care Professionals throughout the country will celebrate National Aging Life Care Month by providing seminars, webinars, special events, open houses, and other educational activities for the public. The association began its celebration at the 35th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, where over 300 professionals gathered to learn about the newest developments in the field of aging. Greg O’Brien, author of On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Ambassador in Aging Award during the conference.
For more information, and to find an Aging Life Care Professional near you, visit ALCA’s website aginglifecare.org.
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.