6005 – Aging Well….The Best Laid Plans
How does one plan for aging well, and caring for yourself or even your loved ones? Many of us go to school to learn a profession, we may plan on buying homes or getting married, but it’s far more difficult to plan for aging well and safely. As case managers, we are used to dealing with acute health conditions as well as chronic conditions, but how do you transition to caring for others to your own family, especially seniors? How do you cross the bridge from dealing with insurance reimbursed services to private pay in the community? According to the Alzheimer’s Association 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Per CDC statistics, in 2010 the cost of falls was over $30 billion and is the leading cause of fractures in the elderly, with 20% not surviving a hip fracture within the first year. None of us are getting any younger and according to the Administration on Aging, persons 65 years or older, numbered 39.6 million in 2009. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, a significant increase. Issues that will be discussed include how to remain at home as long as possible, how to pay for services that are not covered by health insurance plans, what specialists and resources are available in the community that can assist with short and long term needs.
1. Describe at least 3 situations that may result in an elder moving from their home or needing assistance
2. List 3 or more community resources to assist with long term care needs, along with costs and payment options
3. Describe the role of the Aging Life Care Professional as a key member of the team of providers, physicians, non-medical caregivers, home health and family, for our aging population