Airline Travel Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

Airline Travel Tips for Your Elderly Loved One

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management we often help our clients prepare for airline travel. If your loved one has memory loss,  mobility limitations, hearing loss, visual limitations or other concerns, travel can seem stressful or even out of the question.  But with special attention, your loved one can travel successfully.  Here are some […]

Owners Jim Watkins and Dr. Susan Wiesner-Watkins

Seniors Helping Seniors – A Flexible Transportation Solution

Transportation can be a challenge for seniors citizens who no longer drive.  I know that Seniors Helping Seniors offers flexible transportation options to its clients so I asked Jim Watkins, owner of the Central Virginia location of Seniors Helping Seniors, to describe the transportation services his company offers: “My company, Seniors Helping Seniors, is designed […]

Answer and Forward This Survey to Set Our Goals for an Age-Friendly Charlottesville, VA!

Answer and Forward This Survey to Set Our Goals for an Age-Friendly Charlottesville, VA!

Update of the 2020 Plan: Aging in Community Download the flyer Over ten years have passed since the groundbreaking 2020 Plan: Aging in Community was finalized for Charlottesville Virginia and the surrounding counties. The Livable for a Lifetime (L4L) initiative was a direct result of the 2020 Plan, and the L4L Steering Committee has stepped forward to […]

Janet Lewis, MD

Managing the Aches and Pains of Aging

Join us on March 18 2014 for “Managing the Aches and Pains of Aging”, an informative and important discussion on Arthritis, Geriatric Care Management, Estate Planning and Financial Tools when caring for loved ones or planning for your future. Dr. Janet Lewis, MD, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, UVA School of Medicine, will discuss managing the […]

Dr K of Harvard Medical School recommends using a geriatric care manager

How can a geriatric care manager help me take care of my elderly father?

How can a geriatric care manager help me take care of my elderly father?  Dr. Anthony Komaroff, of Harvard Medical School, answers the question in this article. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Karamoff’s article: Caring for an elderly parent takes a lot of time, energy and patience, and it may also cause financial strain. […]

Mourning the Loss of our Beloved Friend and Colleague Jaclyn Tahboub

Mourning the Loss of our Beloved Friend and Colleague Jaclyn Tahboub

On December 31, 2013 the Charlottesville Virginia senior citizen care community lost a bright light – Jaclyn Tahboub. Jackie passed away soon after giving birth to her second son, 1 lb 15oz Ramzey Shareef Tahboub who is doing well. She also leaves behind a two year old son Laith, and her devoted husband Shareef Tahboub. She […]

Five Things a Geriatric Care Manager Can Do For You

Five Things a Geriatric Care Manager Can Do For You

Many clients are referred to Care is There Geriatric Care Management from elder law attorneys who know and appreciate the services that a geriatric care manager can provide to an elderly person and their loved ones. At this link is an article from elder law attorney Maria Baler in Dedham Massachussets, describing five ways a […]

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

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, our certified professional geriatric care manager will meet with your […]

Moms Meals Logo

Video: Mom’s Meals Delivers Fresh Meals to Your Loved One’s Home

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management we’re always on the lookout for great meal solutions for seniors, so “Mom’s Meals” caught my eye. Mom’s Meals are made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, are delivered directly to your loved one’s home in a refrigerated container, and remain fresh in the refrigerator for 14 – 18 days. The […]

Osher LIfelong Learning Institute from UVa

Osher Lifelong Learning at UVA (OLLI) Names Beth Barber as Executive Director

Beth Barber, long time Program Director for Charlottesville’s Senior Center, Inc. has been named the new Executive Director of Osher Lifelong Learning at UVA (OLLI). Congratulations to both Beth and OLLI! Reader: if you don’t know about OLLI, you’re missing out on a treat! The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia offers educational opportunities […]

New Lifetime Home Survey from BuilderFish

New Lifetime Home Survey from BuilderFish

“Any “house” can be a Lifetime Home—an efficient, universally livable home that adapts to you, your family and visitors throughout the decades. Think high performance and multi-generational, both energy and socially sustainable. ” That’s a quote from the foks at BuilderFish.  They design and build dream homes that support you throughout your lifetime. BuilderFish developed […]

Elder Law Panel

Three Elder Law Attorneys Give Their Top Tips for Planning Your Future

At the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Aging in Place Business Round Table Meeting on May 17, 2013, we heard from an esteemed panel of elder law attorneys who discussed three different aspects of legal planning: Planning for death Planning for incapacity Planning for long term care The attorneys on the panel were as follows (see contact information at […]

Owners Jim Watkins and Dr. Susan Wiesner-Watkins

Video: Peer to Peer Companion Care – Seniors Helping Seniors

We’ve all had that moment – we’re having a perfectly engaging conversation with a junior at the office, or with one of our children, and a memory comes upon us. Naturally, we tell our story… they smile and nod, but we know that they don’t really relate. This is the age gap and sometimes it […]

Video: Bath Safety Devices

Video: Bath Safety Devices

Falls are devastating to the elderly, and many falls happen in the bathroom. (Listen to this quick report on falls in the bathroom from the US Department of Health and Human Services.) Luckily there are many devices you can use to make the bathroom safer: grab bars, shower benches, commode rails, and more.  Thanks to […]

Caregiving at a Cookout: 14 Tips to Ensure a Good Time

Caregiving at a Cookout: 14 Tips to Ensure a Good Time

At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, our ultimate goal is to help our clients and their families experience joy in their lives.  We’re always on the lookout for tips about how to involve elderly parents in social activities in ways that work for everyone. Here’s a helpful article from AgingCare.com about including an elderly […]

Dr David Hilfiker, retired physician, writer, Alzheimer's patient

Follow This Doctor’s Experience with His Own Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. David Hilfiker, a  retired physician, sees his own Alzheimer’s disease as an “adventure” which he shares in his blog: “Watching the Lights go Out.”   Dr. Hilifiker says: “This will, I hope, not be a sugarcoating of these next years. I certainly wish I did not have Alzheimer’s and would sacrifice a lot to […]

Active Seniors ID Pack for Android

Sprint Provides Active Senior ID Pack for Android Handsets

Check this out! I haven’t tried it myself but it sounds like a step in the right direction. If you have personal experience with this, let me know! From the Sprint Website as of October 12, 2012: Sprint announced today the Active Senior ID pack, a service designed to help simplify smartphone usage for senior […]

High Tech at Home Webinar

Video: High Tech at Home – Simple Assistive Devices for Successful Aging in Place

Aging in Place effectively is simply a matter of finding convenient, effective solutions to the particular challenges your love one faces every day. This recorded webinar and slide presentation offers many smart ideas and devices for effective independent living.  It is part of the Safe at Home Series produced by the Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related […]

Video: Home Helpers Lend a Helping Hand

Video: Home Helpers Lend a Helping Hand

  Sometimes all you need is a helping hand – whether it’s to ensure your grandmother has taken her pills on time, or getting your elderly father to and from the doctor’s office. That’s where Home Helpers can… well, help. A non-medical and companionship service, Home Helpers serves Central Virginia. The Charlottesville Home Helpers is […]

Video: Braces and Supports Available at Simple Comforts

Video: Braces and Supports Available at Simple Comforts

Carpal tunnel syndrome? Tennis elbow?  Injured knee? Or could you just use some extra support? Simple Comforts in Charlottesville, Virginia has many different braces and supports for both the caregiver and the care receiver. In this video, Tina Ross explains the braces and supports they stock in their store. See more of our videos of […]

Video: Assistive Devices for the Kitchen

Video: Assistive Devices for the Kitchen

For anyone who has lost dexterity in their hands, there are lots of great gadgets to make life easier:  bottle openers, easy-grip utensils,  clothing protectors, and lots more are in this video. Thanks to Tina Ross from Simple Comforts in Charlottesville VA for showing them to us! See more of our videos of supplies for independent […]

Allison Mitchell of Abundance Organizing

Abundance Organizing Creates Order and Hope in Life’s Transitions

Abundance Organizing understands that suffering the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, and that having to manage a loved one’s belongings can trigger memories that add to the pain of loss. The team at Abundance Organizing brings comfort and peace by organizing your loved one’s legacy. They provide a survivor’s checklist, contact agencies […]

Simple Comforts in Charlottesville VA sells home medical equipment and supplies for independent living.

Video: Tour of Simple Comforts, Supplies for Independent Living

Simple Comforts is a retail store in Charlottesville Virginia selling home medical equipment and supplies for independent living. Simple Comforts sells: Canes and crutches Walkers and rollators Transport chairs and wheelchairs Lift chairs Bath safety equipment Magnifiers Cushions Braces Assistive devices for cooking and eating Devices for getting in and out of vehicles Pressure stockings […]

Video: Demo of Walkers, Rollators, Canes, Transport Chairs!

Video: Demo of Walkers, Rollators, Canes, Transport Chairs!

Not sure if you need a walker, rollator, wheelchair, or transport chair?  What’s the proper height for a cane? What’s the proper way to sit on a rollator? Thanks to Tina and Jon Ross at Simple Comforts in Charlottesville, Virginia for giving us a quick demo of mobility devices.  See the video below! See more […]

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia is a local, privately owned company with six clinics serving Virginia. The Hearing Healthcare of Virginia hearing specialists are longtime residents of the areas they serve and are committed to their communities!  I know this personally because of their frequent and enthusiastic participation in Aging in Place Business Round Table in both […]

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die

What a luxury it is to have your affairs in order!  And what a gift to the people you love! This list of 25 Documents You Need Before You Die, prepared by the Wall Street Journal, is a good guide to what documents you should have organized, and why.  You must also be sure your […]

New Resources for You from the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

New Resources for You from the Annual Conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

I recently returned from the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and I’m chock full of new resources for you! To peek inside what’s front of mind for geriatric care managers like us at Care is There, take a look at the conference brochure. In addition to collaborating with hundreds […]

HomeWork Solutions Handles Payroll Taxes and Background Checks for Your Private Caregivers

HomeWork Solutions Handles Payroll Taxes and Background Checks for Your Private Caregivers

If you employ private caregivers for your loved one, you should know your payroll tax responsibilities.  Don’t want to handle it yourself?  There’s a service for that! HomeWork Solutions’ payroll services allow families to completely outsource the household payroll and tax remittance functions to payroll professionals. Payroll service subscribers offer their staff direct deposit of their payroll, […]

Virginia Pilanz of Dementia Care Specialists

Dementia Care Specialists Offers Training and Resources

The mission of Dementia Care Specialists is to create a dementia-capable society built on the knowledge that persons with dementia can feel joy, fulfillment, and love. They do this by offering a person-centered approach to training and consulting for those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ADRD) and other cognitive challenges. As a result, clients […]

Disposables Delivered Ships High Quality Incontinence Supplies to Your Home

Disposables Delivered Ships High Quality Incontinence Supplies to Your Home

If your loved one doesn’t drive or finds errands exhausting, Disposables Delivered can ship incontinence supplies directly to their home. I met Lucille Levine, RN, BSN – a representative of Disposables Delivered – at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.  I was impressed by the service this company offers.  […]

Marta Keane, CEO of JABA

Marta Keane Named CEO of JABA!

Marta Keane has been named CEO of JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging). Keane, who joined JABA as Chief Operating Officer (COO) this past October, will take over as CEO effective today. “We conducted a nationwide search involving many qualified candidates,” says Dick Gibson, Chair of JABA’s Board of Directors. “The Board was unanimous […]

If You Can Face It, I Can Face It!

If You Can Face It, I Can Face It!

“Are you ready for this?” My client was continuing a game we love to play together: I call to remind her of my appointment to help her with her calendar, the mail, the bills, the taxes, the doctor’s appointments.  She warns me, tongue firmly in cheek, of the chaos that will greet me when I […]

Doris Gelbman Elder Law Attorney

Think You Know What a Power of Attorney is For? Not so Fast – Watch This Video!

Powers of attorney are widely misunderstood, even among professionals in the senior care industry.  Equally misunderstood is how to determine if a person has legal capacity to make their own decisions. For example, did you know that in the State of Virginia: If the person granting the power of attorney (the principal) has mental capacity […]

Charles Hendricks The Gaines Group in Central Virginia

Charles Hendricks of The Gaines Group Designs Homes for Convenient Living at Any Age

There is a beauty that exists in our built environment when a building is balanced, functional, efficient, accessible, healthy, and comfortable. Our homes should allow us to easily accomplish our daily tasks, be comfortable, help us recharge our energy levels, and be able to adapt over time as our needs change. All of these attributes are […]

Gordon House Expands Warren’s House for Additional Alzheimer’s Care

Gordon House Expands Warren’s House for Additional Alzheimer’s Care

Warren’s House , located within The Village at Gordon House in Gordonsville, Virginia was created several years ago specifically devoted to the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other related disorders. The original Warren’s House has been so successful in meeting the needs of this specialized population that a second Warren’s House has been […]

Answers to Tax Questions Caregivers Ask Most

Answers to Tax Questions Caregivers Ask Most

Read this very relevant and helpful article from AgingCare.com about the tax impact of your caregiving! Among the questions answered: I am a caregiver and my elderly parent lives in my home. Can I claim my parent as a dependent on my tax return? I am a caregiver and my elderly parent lives in my […]

Defying Gravity Team FIRST Robotics

Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Joy

At Care is There, the mission of our care managers is to make joy possible for our clients and their loved ones. That sometimes means helping them defy the gravity of of their circumstances:  health problems, frailty, cognitive decline, or the loss of a spouse. Creating joy in challenging circumstances requires a special kind of […]

Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of Dementia!

Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of Dementia!

Caregivers rejoice!  Coffee may be good for you! Studies  found the following benefits of drinking coffee: 1. Coffee Slashes Your Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes 2. Coffee Can Counter Cancerous Cell Damage 3. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Dementia 4. Coffee Protects Against Parkinson’s Disease 5. Coffee May Buffer Depression Read the entire article […]

Peter Thompson Executive Director of Charlottesville Senior Center

Support the Senior Center Through the Charlottesville Ten Miler Charity Chaser!

See Peter (Thompson) Run! The Senior Center is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the 2013 Charlottesville Ten Miler. To add to the fun, the Senior Center is having a “Charity Chaser.”  It’s sponsorship with a twist—Peter Thompson, Executive Director of the Senior Center, will start dead last at the event, giving the rest of the […]

Seeking Volunteers for the March 16 2013 Charlottesville Ten Miler, Which Benefits The Senior Center!

Seeking Volunteers for the March 16 2013 Charlottesville Ten Miler, Which Benefits The Senior Center!

The Charlottesville Va Senior Center is the fortunate beneficiary of the 2013 Charlottesville Ten Miler (C10M). Each year, this event enjoys the support of more than 400 volunteers drawn from runners’ families, civic groups, church groups, friends, and neighbors who ensure the event runs smoothly and cheer participants to the finish line. This is a […]

How to Know if You Have Hearing Loss

How to Know if You Have Hearing Loss

How do you know if you have hearing loss? I like this summary by the National Institute on Aging. Here is an excerpt, but the full article is well worth reading: How Do I Know if I Have a Hearing Loss? See your doctor if you: Have trouble hearing over the telephone Find it hard […]

Oticon Clear Speech Process Brochure

Tips for Communicating with an Elderly Loved One with Hearing Loss

How do you make communication easier with a loved one who has hearing loss? I like the following summary from Oticon.  You can download the Oticon full brochure here. Talk Face-to-Face Face the person you are talking to. Don’t try to converse from a different room or with your back turned. It is easier to […]

Clear Speech Technique Helps Your Hearing Impaired Loved One Understand You

Clear Speech Technique Helps Your Hearing Impaired Loved One Understand You

Hearing loss can make your loved one feel isolated, embarrased and frustrated.  You can help by making your own speech easier to understand. Clear Speech is a technique of speaking in which the speaker attempts to express every word and sentence in a precise, accurate, and fully formed manner.  It is not loud, monotone, artificial […]

Dr Mani Aguilar UVA

UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center Provides Hearing Aid Services

The UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center offers comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of language, speech, and hearing disorders for adults, adolescents, children, and infants. The facility has treatment rooms with observation capabilities and diagnostic suites for hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings. At Care is There, we have experienced Dr. Mani  Aguilar’s passion for her […]

Jim Maust Venture Builders

Venture Builders of Harrisonburg: Remodeling for Aging in Place

As senior citizens age, limbs don’t work as freely as they once did; the eyes dim and responses slow. Physical and mental changes can make it difficult for these loved ones to stay in their homes as long as they would like. Sometimes minor repairs and some home modifications can be made which enable these […]

iPhone and care management

On her iPhone home screen, next to her knitting instructions

I am constantly inspired by our clients, and I’ve learned to never underestimate them. Today I was talking to a new client, who cares for her elderly mother in the home they share.  We were getting her setup on the website we use to communicate with her and her out-of-town sister about the geriatric care […]

Video: Charlottesville Albemarle TRIAD Helps Keep Senior Citizens Safe

Video: Charlottesville Albemarle TRIAD Helps Keep Senior Citizens Safe

TRIAD presents Senior Safety Seminars about home safety, scam awareness, safe shopping on the Internet, storm preparedness, gang awareness, and elder abuse.

David Solie, Author of How to Say it to Seniors

How to Say it to Seniors

Want to know how to communicate with your elderly parents? David Solie wrote the classic: How to Say it to Seniors, Closing the Communication Gap with our Elders. This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn what is important to our elders, how to understand what they are trying to tell us, […]

Mitch Green UVa

Online Course and Study Group “Know Thyself” Helps Lifelong Learners Expand and Connect

Coursera offers free, high quality courses on-line. Starting March 4 is the course Know Thyself by University of Virginia professor Mitchell Green.

Virginia Lifespan Voucher Program Reimburses up to $400 in Respite Services

Virginia Lifespan Voucher Program Reimburses up to $400 in Respite Services

The Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program provides reimbursement vouchers to home-based caregivers for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals of any age with a disability or special need (children and adults, including elderly persons). Individuals eligible to apply for voucher funding through the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program include Virginia caregivers of children […]

Ed Roseberry's Charlottesville

Ed Roseberry’s Vintage Photographs of Charlottesville Virginia

Ed Roseberry has been photographing Charlottesville, Virginia since the 1940′s, and his images and his memories are a treasure for our community. I was privileged to see Mr. Roseberry present and discuss his photographs in a show arranged by Steve Trumbull.  Both men are charming, and if you can manage to see a showing of […]