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Wed Dec 9, 2020, 02:52 AM

A geriatric-care manager

A geriatric-care manager


As the name implies, a geriatric-care manager, also known as an “aging life care manager,” helps older adults and their families navigate the elder-care maze. An aging parent, for instance, who needs assistance with medical care, housing, legal issues, finances, transportation and related needs could benefit from a geriatric-care manager.

Equally important, such individuals act as eyes and ears for adult children who might live at a distance from an older relative.

To that end, “I frequently performed cognitive tests that identified problems, even when family members and/or a primary-care doctor hadn’t yet seen it,” says Molly Moore, a registered nurse in Florida and former geriatric-care manager. “I also was involved in evaluating whether clients could drive safely and, if necessary, negotiating how and when to give up their car keys.

“Frequently family members disagree on how ‘bad’ a situation is,” Ms. Moore adds. “Having an objective professional, trained to evaluate and make recommendations, is vital.”

To learn more, start with the Aging Life Care Association (aginglifecare.org). Eldercare Locator (eldercare.acl.gov), part of the Administration on Aging, also can connect you to services for older adults and their families.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/forced-to-retire-it-might-not-be-as-bad-as-you-fear-11607007600 (subscription)

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