The theme for our membership this year just happens to be ‘better together’,” says Liz Barlowe, a practicing Aging Life Care Professional and ALCA Board President. “We are celebrating 35 years as an association and never before has such a phrase been truer.
TUCSON, Arizona (PRWEB) May 04, 2020
Celebrations surrounding National Aging Life Care Month will be different this year. For nine years Aging Life Care Professionals® have spent the month of May educating their communities on aging well. That is, guiding individuals in planning for aging – creating care plans, navigating complex medical conditions, making and writing down end-of-life decisions, organizing financial and legal matters, as well as determining appropriate housing or long-term care.
Along with the rest of the world, our members are pivoting to find solutions in difficult times. The Aging Life Care Association® (ALCA) – the nonprofit association representing 2,000 leaders in Aging Life Care Management – see their members embracing technology and taking their work and advocacy virtual.
“The theme for our membership this year just happens to be ‘better together’,” says Liz Barlowe, a practicing Aging Life Care Professional and ALCA Board President. “We are celebrating 35 years as an association and never before has such a phrase been truer. My colleagues from across the country are working collaboratively to advocate for our vulnerable clients and families.”
Aging Life Care Professionals are taking to social media and various online meeting platforms to share their holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults and others facing health challenges. ALCA members are writing blog posts and articles, participating in interviews, and answering questions on podcasts – all to let families know that the experts in aging are available to help in this crisis and in the future.
While the practice and profession of Aging Life Care is not new, (our Association is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year) the field has been growing and is more crucial now than it ever has been. “Aging Life Care Professionals provide answers at a time of uncertainty. They guide families to the actions and decisions to ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love,” explains Taney Hamill, ALCA’s CEO.
And in today’s uncertain times, Aging Life Care Professionals are helping each other ensure that the needs – physical, medical, emotional – of vulnerable seniors are met while protecting clients, caregivers, and their families.
Aging Life Care 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.
For more information, and to find an Aging Life Care Professional near you, visit ALCA’s website aginglifecare.org