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 […]

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  or Aging Life Care […]

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 – […]

Michelle Flynn

Michelle Flynn on the Gift of Service

Through my “Hearts at Work” series, I share the insights of people who inspire me. Today I spoke with Michelle Flynn, LCSW, Director of Case Management at UVa HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. Elizabeth: What do you enjoy about doing case management at a rehabilitation hospital? Michelle: We have the luxury of time with […]

Acts of Kindness - Al Falcone

Acts of Kindness – Al Falcone

I just received the most beautiful gift from Al Falcone! Al was generous enough to share himself with our Aging in Place Business Round Table group by participating in a panel about the power of — and empowerment of — senior citizens. I filmed the session and shared it because I was inspired (and empowered) […]

Lee Croteau, Reverse Mortgage Advisor

Important Improvements to the Reverse Mortgage program

Thanks to Lee Croteau, Reverse Mortgage Advisor for VBS Mortgage, for this describing to us this important update to the reverse mortgage program.  Non-borrowing spouses can now defer the repayment of the loan for as long as they continue to live in the home! Here are the details: A Reverse mortgage is a special loan […]

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Our thanks go out to JABA and the author of this article, Sally Mank, volunteer with JABA’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP). This article was originally published in JABA’s Generation Magazine.  Open enrollment for Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program, starts October 15.  The annual Open Enrollment Period is your once a year […]

Valda Garber-Weider, RN, MS, Certified Dementia Practitioner

How to Deal with Caregiver Stress

I recently had the privilege of hearing a presentation about caregiver stress from Valda Garber-Weider, RN, MS, certified dementia practitioner and director of assisted living for the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC.)  Valda has also been a long time caregiver for her own elderly family members in her own home. Valda reminds us that “studies […]