What is an Aging Life Care Professional™?
An Aging Life Care Professional™, also known as a Aging Life Care Manager or geriatric care manager, is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. The Aging Life Care Manager is trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.
The Aging Life Care Manager assists older adults and persons with disabilities in attaining their maximum functional potential. In addition, the Aging Life Care Manager is an experienced guide and resource for families of older adults and others with chronic needs, including helping those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or Parkinson’s or exhibiting symptoms of dementia.
Aging Life Care Managers become the “coach” and families or clients the “team captain.”
Aging Life Care Managers are members of the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) and differ from Patient Advocates, Senior Advisors, Senior Navigators, and Elder Advocates. ALCA members must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice.