Age Safe® America recognizes the Aging Life Care™ Association (ALCA) as it celebrates the profession during the month of May. While the practice and profession of Aging Life Care is not new, there is more attention being paid to the impact our aging population has on communities and resources. Aging Life Care professionals, formerly known as geriatric care managers, are prepared to help aging adults plan for and face age-related challenges.
Aging Life Care is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing health challenges. The Aging Life Care Professional is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate, and resource for families caring for an older relative or disabled adult. Working with families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals™ provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers.
The association was formed in 1985 by a group of about 50 members – mainly social workers and nurses – who came together to build a profession from the ground up. The Association has grown to over 2000 members. Aging Life Care Professionals throughout the country will celebrate National Aging Life Care Month by providing seminars, webinars and special events for the public in the new virtual environment.
The Senior Home Safety Specialist certification offered by Age Safe America is now part of the continuing education program offered for ALCA professionals. This valuable course provides holistic curriculum to enhance the skills and knowledge offered by ALCA professionals to their clients.