Veterans

Introduction to the Research Articles in the Special Issue on Older Veterans

Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD Service in the military continues to be counted among those life experiences that run the risk of not being broached in exchanges between clients and helping professionals even though we know all too well it can influence in significant ways, and over a life time, an individual’s physical and emotional…

Aging Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Kenneth Shay, DDS, MS Introduction The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the current American embodiment of an ancient social pact, one that has existed in many forms since antiquity, between a society and those who go to war on its behalf. The pact is that in return for the soldier risking his (or…

Dementia Risk Factors in Veterans

Clifford M. Singer, M.D There is a dramatic increase in the prevalence of dementia among veterans. Because of the aging of the veteran population and a high prevalence of dementia risk factors among veterans, it is estimated that there will be 423,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among military veterans in the…

Serving Those Who Have Served: A Guide to Veterans Services and Supports

Jennifer A. Crittenden, MSW Introduction With nearly 10 million veterans in the U.S. over the age of 65 and 1.4 million over the age of 85, understanding available programs and services for this population is a critical need for health and human services professionals (“Profile America Facts,” 2013; Shay, 2013). Older military veterans, by virtue…

Introduction to the Practice Articles in the Special Issue on Older Veterans

Roxanne Sorensen, BSW, MA, LMHC, SW-G, CMC Guest Editor – Practice Articles The Department of Veteran Affairs is a complex system and appears difficult to navigate.  As Aging Life Care Professionals™ / care managers, we need to educate ourselves about what is offered through this maze of health and financial benefits so we can provide…

Memory Care A New Way of Thinking For Veterans’ Caregivers

Susan Engel RN-BC, MSN, CNS, CCM In 1975, one of my responsibilities as a new nurse at a skilled nursing facility was to create a daily bulletin board for patients with organic brain syndrome (OBS).  At the beginning of my shift, I stood at attention with my starched whites and proudly adorned nurse’s cap and…

Tom & Lori’s Story

Roxanne Sorensen BSW, MA, LMHC, SW-G, CMC Tom was a career military and obtained the rank of a 3 Star General. He was a Vietnam vet who thrived on the structure of his duties. Lori, his wife, was the homemaker, and had raised their two children, while Tom built his career and served abroad. When…

Veteran Federal Financial Benefits: What Care Managers Need to Know!

Roxanne Sorensen BSW, MA, LMHC, SW-G, CMC Non Service Connected Disability Pension – Income Medical Expensed NSC Pension There are three levels (Basic, Homebound, and Aid & Attendance) to the NSC Pension Benefit.  The benefit is an income based program that extends to Veterans and their spouses/widows who are unable to care for themselves and…

Interview: Minneapolis VA Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic

INTERVIEW: Minneapolis VA Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic Interview with Susan McCarthy MD by Jennifer E. Voorlas MSG CMC Note:  The answers in this interview primarily speak to the Minneapolis VA, not necessarily the VA at large.  While there are some similarities among clinics across the country within the VA system,  care professionals should inquire…

A Soldier’s Story

Joan Brogdon, AM, LCSW, CCM A pristine German officer’s waistcoat, a rusty sword, and pistol were a few of the items William L. Brogdon brought home at the end of WWII, but their story has never been told. Family legend – that a young William enlisted at the end of the war but never saw…

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