Power & Purpose of a Plan
While these energetic conversations are going on among social scientists, they are also making this case, whether they know it or not: if we are to experience elderhood successfully, we need each other AND, we need a plan.
Issues for Elders Far More Complex than Ever
As a corporate member of ALCA (Aging Life Care Association), my team is fortunate to participate on the organization’s active listserv. At the intersection of hundreds of emails a day from Life Care Advocates (formerly referred to as Geriatric Care Managers) around the country and beyond, we are given insights into the lives and shifting concerns of seniors we will never have the opportunity to actually meet.
Through this robust communications network we get an up-close view of challenges, struggles and diversity of issues they face in getting support, care, advice and service. By the discussion boards and requests from across the country for expertise, we know that even the most seasoned professionals have a hard time staying current on providers, the latest personal response technologies, and how services are covered as free or partially paid benefits.
Even in this incredibly well organized “village” of professionals it is easy to see how information can become quickly outdated or inaccurate based on state regulations.
The fact is we are in a world of information overload and to expect one professional to know and orchestrate it all is unrealistic and in fact, dangerous.