Cold Winter Weather: Help Your Elderly Love Ones Prepare

Cold Winter Weather: Help Your Elderly Love Ones Prepare

Cold winter weather is just around the corner. If you haven’t helped your loved one with their general emergency preparedness, now’s the time. The FEMA website provides instructions. Special Preparations for Winter Add the following supplies to your emergency kit: Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental […]

When we’re absolutely sure they shouldn’t be driving

We recently saw an article in the Shawnee Mission Post about an increase in automobile crashes at salons: Rash of Elderly Drivers Crashing Into Mission Shops Raises Safety Concerns. Certainly, when an elderly loved one crashes into the front of a salon, it’s time to hang up the keys. Did it really have to come to this? […]

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How to Help Your Elderly Loved One Prepare for a Weather Emergency

Will your elderly loved one be cared for during a weather emergency? FEMA has many useful guidelines to help you prepare. Read our full article at this link. Care is there can help! Give us a call at 800.434.1633 or email us at for a free consultation. You might also be interested in these […]

Why Geriatric Care Managers are So Important - From the MIT Age Lab

Why Geriatric Care Managers are So Important – From the MIT Age Lab

Geriatric Care Managers are advocates for older adults. They collect and present information, help to design a care plan, and navigate the health care system to implement and facilitate that plan on behalf of the family.

How to Help Elders Avoid Home Improvement Scams

How to Help Elders Avoid Home Improvement Scams

Unfortunately many elderly people fall victim to home improvement scams. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has produced an excellent brochure giving practical tips about how to avoid these scams and how to report them if you or someone you know has fallen victim. The guide gives these tips about how to spot […]

Cville Timebank

Cville Timebank: Do What You Love, Get What You Want!

“We all have things we offer. We all have things we need.” That’s the model of the Cville Timebank, which envisions “an integrated community in which individuals invest in each other’s well being through reciprocity, exchanging time and service.” At the March 8 meeting of The Good Life Design Collaborative, we’ll explore how senior citizens and senior […]

TED Talks for Curious Seniors

TED Talks for Curious Seniors

If you have read some of my previous articles, you know that my father lives in a skilled nursing facility. He has several health issues that make it unsafe for him to live independently, and this arrangement makes the most sense for our family. Dad is an educated man: he earned a PhD, and he […]

JoCo AAA: Health Care

JoCo AAA: Health Care

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series JoCo AAA

Johnson County has an Outreach Nurse Home Visiting Program for senior adults which provides physical assessments, education, and health advocacy services. Registered nurses visit the senior resident once a month in their homes. The AAA offers a Care Management assessment of a senior’s living situation. The assessment is used to formulate a plan to meet […]

JoCo AAA: Nutrition & Meals

JoCo AAA: Nutrition & Meals

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series JoCo AAA

A variety of free and donation-based programs are available through the AAA to make sure seniors get a good meal. The full list of programs is found on the Nutrition Services page on the Johnson County Human Services website. Neighborhood Centers offer hot meals mid-day in neighborhood community and senior centers. Those over age 60 […]

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What to Watch for at the Holidays – Signs of Decline in Your Elderly Parents

Many people visit their elderly parents at the holidays and realize things are not going as well as they sounded over the phone. This is the time to involve a professional geriatric care manager in your parents’ care.  At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, we meet with your parents personally to assess their situation, […]

What Your Mother Knows That You Don't

What Your Mother Knows That You Don’t

If we’re worried about our parents, it’s easy to concentrate on the things we know that they don’t know: maybe they are getting forgetful, or they don’t drive as well as they used to, or their health is more precarious than they realize. It’s also easy to lose sight of the fact that they know many […]

Porter's Medication Management System

Porter’s Medication Management System

My parents’ friend Porter shared with me the clever system he devised to simplify the process of filling the pill organizers for his wife’s medications. Thanks Porter! You can adapt Porter’s approach for your own situation. Here’s Porter’s method: Organize the medications in groups based on the frequency with which they are taken. Examples: AM […]

The Good Life Design Collaborative - New Central Virginia Community Group

The Good Life Design Collaborative – New Central Virginia Community Group

New Charlottesville Virginia Community Group: The mission of the Good Life Design Collaborative is to make life easier and more fun for people of all ages and abilities by educating, connecting, and inspiring both consumers and service providers.

From Dad: on Leadership

From Dad: on Leadership

A leader senses your abilities, your desires, your passions – and helps you expand on them. He or she doesn’t tell you what they want you to do; they see the potential you bring and encourage you to develop it.

My dad in his beekeeping garb, in a painting by my sister Cindy Scott Strickland.

Discover Untold Stories from the People You Love

There is always an untold story! Next time you visit your loved one, look for a story you have never heard. My dad – a former minister and caregiver – loves other people’s stories because they give us a way to connect. (You can read more about my dad – and hear him sing – […]