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Geriatric care managers bring ease to elderly needs - 07/29/2011

Advance care planning and the older patient - Aw D et al. - Making treatment decisions for older people is difficult, because of the complex interplay of their multiple co-morbidities, but also because of the fine balance of risks vs. benefit in any chosen management plan. This becomes even more difficult when they lose the capacity to tell us what they want, and often in such situations we have to rely on information from others in order to make decisions based on their best interests. Advance care planning should help with making these decisions clearer, based on the documented preferences of what the patient would have wanted while capacity was still present. 11/16/2011

Geriatric Care Managers: A Collaborative Resource to the Physician Practice - Geriatric Care Management, a multidisciplinary profession made up primarily of nurses & social workers, first emerged as a professional field about 15 years ago when experienced clinical professionals, across the country began, to leave traditional third party settings. Disillusioned with the large caseloads typical in non-profit and publicly funded agencies, and the limitations of third party payors such as Medicare, a group of about 100 practitioners in 22 states had begun to set up private consulting practices to help family caregivers of frail elders. They met to share ideas and to discuss how they conducted their private clinical gerontology practices. The result of these early meetings led to the formation of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). NAPGCM currently consists of more than 1500 professional geriatric care managers nationwide with a vast majority in individual or group practices. The national association exists to foster the profession of GCM through marketing and public relations, legislative activism and professional development. NAPGCM facilitates a yearly national conference, publishes a practice journal and several other publications. Additionally, individual state and regional chapters host regular chapter meetings and some also hold chapter conferences. 06/12/2012

Care Manager Job Description - A professional geriatric care manager is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. The care manager is trained and experienced in any of several related fields, including nursing, gerontology, social work or psychology. They have a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. Read more: Care Manager Job Description | 06/12/2012

Elder Care - The Elderly: Finding a Good Geriatric Care Manager - On a Tuesday night in late July, Jon Meyers, 42, got the call every child with an elderly parent dreads. His 84-year-old mother, Ruth, who suffers from dementia, had fallen in her kitchen and was heading to a New Jersey hospital by ambulance. But instead of agonizing over not being able to get there quickly it's four hours from his home in Washington, D.C., to Point Pleasant, N.J. - Meyers took comfort in the fact that Stephen Mielach, a geriatric care manager, was following the ambulance, ready to take control. Ream More in Full Story. 08/02/2012

Selecting a Care Manager - National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers - Looking for a geriatric care manager? We have made it easy to locate a geriatric care manager near you with our Find a Care Manager Search feature. The search button is located throughout the website for easy access to the search feature. The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) is an organization of practitioners whose goal is the advancement of expert assistance to the elderly and their families. NAPGCM is committed to maximizing the independence and autonomy of elders and strives to ensure the highest quality and most cost-effective health and human services. Through education, advocacy, counseling, and service delivery, NAPGCM members assist older persons and their families to cope with the challenges of aging. 08/13/2012

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