We have much to learn from our elders. Too often we associate aging with infirmity and loss of mental and physical agility. But in the 40 years that I’ve been a care manager for older adults, I am continually enriched by their life experiences, humor and insights.
Connecting with my clients as I go through my day—discovering an individual’s source of strength, engaging in the candid conversation earned in old age, helping to resolve complex challenges—energizes my commitment.
A Career Dedicated to Geriatric Care Management and Mental Health
Over the past four decades, I have specialized in aging and mental health. After earning my Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1975, I spent the next 25 years developing and managing outpatient geriatric mental health programs, establishing a new geriatric-psychiatric inpatient program, and providing psychiatric consultations for clients in nursing homes. For the past 15 years, drawing on my expertise in aging, I have focused on geriatric care management, working with elders and their families.
Problem Solving with Professional Legal Guardians
My extensive experience in the mental health field enables me to problem-solve the complex cases that often challenge professional legal guardians. I provide a comprehensive assessment and detailed plan to improve the client’s quality of life, as well as formal court reports and independent assessments in contested cases. Since 2001 I have worked extensively with Nashoba Valley Elder Care providing care management assessments and services for guardianship and conservatorship clients.
My Commitment to the Profession
I am a member in the national Aging Life Care Association ™ (ALCA), formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). As an active member of ALCA’s New England chapter, I have served as president, treasurer, and board member. My volunteer work on behalf of the chapter earned me the honor of Outstanding Chapter Member in 2013. Additionally, I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Massachusetts Guardianship Association.
Whatever the complexities of your situation, I look forward to helping you to find a successful, compassionate outcome for all involved.