Fall 2015
Resilience

Resilience in the Elderly

Carol Hoare, EdD Introduction When an explorer on an unknown river finds the current quickening under his  boat, hears a faint but increasing roar, and sees above the farthest treetops a mist of spray, he knows that he is nearing a cataract. Yet if he is bold, if his craft is strong, and if on…

Notes from the Family Classroom

Rosemary De Cuir Life without purpose is colorless and without cheer I recently visited my 92-year-old father, a bright, vital senior whom I’ve watched struggle in his life with challenges of his own, including diabetes, macular degeneration, raising a daughter with a developmental disability, overseeing the care of a needy mother and most recently, coping…

Meaningful, Enjoyable, and Doable: Optimizing Older Adults’ Activity Engagement at Home

Susan L. Hutchinson, PhD and Grace Warner, PhD Abstract In addition to being able to live safely at home, when facing declining physical or cognitive abilities it remains important to all people to have a sense of purpose—something to do—in their everyday lives. Meaningful and enjoyable leisure pursuits can fulfill this need. This article reviews…

Building Resilience: Strategies for Aging Life Care Professionals™ / Care Managers

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP A career in Aging Life Care™ / care management with disabled adults and the elderly can be both rewarding and stressful. Helping aging and disabled adults, and their families, navigate a new and complex world of healthcare issues and develop appropriate goals for care can provide a great deal of meaning,…

What Do We Feed? Mindfulness and Resilience in Successful Aging

Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI What do we feed? One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,…

Promoting Resilience through Creative Engagement

Promoting Resilience through Creative Engagement[i] Susan H. McFadden, PhD and Anne D. Basting, PhD Over the past 15 years we have collaborated on the research and development of programs for people with dementia that use creative engagement as a means of shifting the paradigm of care from managing behaviors to engaging individuals and building community….

One Size Does Not Fit All!

Laurie Bachner In collaboration with Aging Life Care Professional™ / care manager Helene Bergman, my dementia specialist mentor, I have been able to assist clients with dementia build and maintain resilience through the use of what I have come to call Chair Yogacise. Chair Yoga was developed to fill a void for those who loved…

Success Counseling: A Tool for Aging Life Care Professionals™ / Care Managers

D. Barnes Boffey, EdD & Jennifer Pilcher Warren, PhD, CMC Introduction Success Counseling is an approach to working with our clients which focuses on the individual’s ability to evaluate themselves. It is a process that assists the client to ask hard questions and increases awareness of how he/she feels, how these feelings effect decisions they…

Caregiver Coaching: Fostering Resilience in Older Adult Spousal Caregivers

Frank Fee, PhD, CCM Introduction Older adult spouses who are caregivers are an overlooked group that deserves our attention.  A recent study by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund (2014) found that spouses account for approximately 20% of family caregivers, and 49% are aged 65 or older. 58% of spousal caregivers…

Case Study: Identifying Resilience in Families

Phyllis Mensh Brostoff, CISW, CMC In my Aging Life Care™ / care management practice, I often have identified resilience in families that they did not know they had.  By resilience I mean responding to stress and adversity positively, coping well when change is needed rather than disintegrating. These family histories illustrate how an Aging Life…

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