National Social Work Month: Looking Back on 30 Years … and Counting

Allyson Stanton of Stanton Aging Solutions

It is National Social Work Month, which inspired me to reflect on my 30 years of serving geriatric clients and their families. For most of my career, I was a Social Work Director in residential communities. The most rewarding part was giving my clients a voice.

Are You Prepared for the Unexpected? Learn About the Importance of Advance Planning

Sitting at a kitchen table, an adult daughter talks to her older parents about the importance of advance planning.

We have seen many families face crisis scenarios unprepared. The trauma of a devastating diagnosis, accident, or health event can send families into totally avoidable chaos. Many couples and families are completely unprepared for such situations and are forced to make weighty decisions about a loved one’s care amidst overwhelming emotions.

A Sense of Meaning & Purpose

Senior woman teaches little girl how to knit wool threads with spokes. Closeup image

A sense of purpose and meaning is fundamental to our health and well-being. Interestingly, it appears that it doesn’t really matter what your life purpose is, as long as you have one. For example, someone’s life purpose might be to help a charitable organization or to be a loving and supportive person for their loved ones. For another, it might be to travel or to build custom furniture. The idea is that the life purpose should reflect personal vision, values, beliefs, and goals.

End-of-Life Planning: Don’t wait until it’s too late to have the difficult discussions

An adult son and his elderly father sit at a table in the kitchen to discuss end-of-life planning. Father looks concerned and perhaps sad.

Discussing one’s own death can be difficult for many of us. It’s easy to avoid what can feel like a morbid conversation, and many of us put off such talks, feeling we have plenty of time to figure out what we would want at the end of our lives. However, none of us knows our fate and when the end of our life will be.

September Is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and related dementias affect millions around the globe, and AD accounts for 60 to 70% of all dementias, making it the most common form of dementia. World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and promoting early diagnosis. 

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

A woman puts her arm around her smiling mother who has Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is a global healthcare event observed for the entire month of June every year for the last four decades, highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and the impact of this disease on individuals and families. Many families are dealing with the impact of Alzheimer’s or dementia, but they may have limited knowledge of these diseases and the resources they will need.

What You Need to Know About Mental Health in Later Life

An older Caucasian woman sits on a couch looking sad or depressed.

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood, and yet mental health in later life is often sidelined as other health challenges are prioritized. However, there is a cyclical relationship between physical health and mental health:  The presence of chronic conditions and illness is associated with an increased risk for mental illness, and we know that mental illness, in turn, increases the risk for many types of physical health problems.

The Essential Assisted Living Move-in Checklist

Senior man moving into an assisted living community with the help of his son to lift boxes

Moving a loved one to assisted living can be an overwhelming transition for everyone involved, even when your loved one understands and accepts that they need to move. We have compiled an Assisted Living Move-In Checklist as a resource for families, based on our experience placing individuals in communities and providing ongoing care management and concierge care services.

How to Choose an Assisted Living Community: Critical Questions to Ask

Four senior women stretch exercise bands to stay fit at an assisted living community

Perhaps you’ve seen that your loved one can no longer live alone safely, or maybe you care for your loved one in your home and have realized that their care needs exceed what you can provide. You’ve decided it’s time to find an assisted living community in Maryland that will provide the best care and quality of life possible, while within your budget and at a comfortable driving distance.

Coping with Caregiver Stress: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Within

A mature woman of East Asian heritage relaxes on a couch while sipping tea and looking at her laptop

Now that 2022 has come to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that has passed all too quickly (or perhaps for some, it seemed to drag on forever…) and think about what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to change in the year ahead. Perhaps you’re completely worn out with caregiving and realize you need some outside help. Maybe you have neglected yourself amid all the demands of caregiving. Or are you a “sandwich” caregiver, still caring for children at home while also caring for a parent and wondering how you can do it all in the year ahead?