Managing Caregiver Guilt

Why You Feel Guilt and How to Manage It Written by Meg Pemberton MHA BSN RN, Geriatric Care Manager I recently spent an afternoon sitting in with a caregiver support group at a local church. I met several strong caregivers dealing with different yet similar situations. Each of them caring for a loved one and each of them experiencing some level of guilt. The meeting reminded me of my own guilt as a family caregiver. …

Getting Ready for our Old Age

Meg Pemberton MHA BSN RN CSA The Milestones that Serve as Reminders There are moments in our lives, milestones that remind us of our mortality. Birthdays, first jobs, new careers, marriages, starting a family, and sadly the death of our parents. Some milestones our uniquely our own. Others are the milestones we share with those we love. A child’s first birthday, high school graduation, buying their first car. As we check off each milestone we …

What is Aging in Place?

by Meg Pemberton MHA BSN RN CSA Everyone is talking about aging in place these days. I’ve often wondered what that really means and if it means the same to each person. The concept of aging in place suggests that as we age we will live in the same place regardless of our needs. According to AgeinPlace.org, some 90% of adults say they want to stay in their home, and die, in their home. Unfortunately …

Navigating Through the Maze of Medicare

By Valerie Hopson-Bell Originally posted on ElderCare 101 Oftentimes I am asked, “Why did they make Medicare so difficult to understand?”  My set answer is, “I don’t know, they (the government) have never asked my opinion in developing these policies.”  I have concentrated my time on trying to understand the dichotomies of Medicare, instead of the idiosyncrasy of the government. The Various Parts of Medicare Medicare has 4 parts: Part A (hospitalization), Part B (medical), …

Do You Know the 10 Signs?

Do you know the 10 warning signs related to Alzheimer’s disease? Join Dr. Wayland Marks and the Alzheimer’s Association at Healthy Generations Area Agency on Agency to learn more.Tuesday May 14th at 1pmHealthy Generations Area Agency on Aging 460 Lendall Lane, Fredericksburg, Va., 22405540-371-3375

Ageism and Elderspeak

Written by Meg Pemberton Photo by Paul Cripps on Flickr Lately I’ve been spending more time than I care to, running from one medical appointment to another; perhaps a part of my own aging. However, I prefer to see it as taking care of myself. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Either way, I’ve been reminded of how impactful ageism can be, particularly as a result of elderspeak. When someone you’ve never met …

Getting Ready for our Old Age

There are moments in our lives, milestones that remind us of our mortality. Birthdays, first jobs, new careers, marriages, starting a family, and sadly the death of our parents. Some milestones our uniquely our own. Others are the milestones we share with those we love. Each milestone tells us to get ready in one way or another. As we traverse the miles getting ready for our old age is important.

When You Can’t Go It Alone, Try a Geriatric Care Manager

A good geriatric care manager can help seniors through every aspect of the aging process: finding the right primary care physician, making plans for retirement, understanding how Medicare fits into the picture, assisting in plans to downsize their living environment, helping caregivers create a plan for their loved ones, and helping the family find the right long-term care facility when needed.