ALCA Consumer Library

Welcome to the Aging Life Care Association Library - - a source of free information on Aging Life Care™ and the issues families encounter when caring for their aging loved ones. You will also find helpful information on the ALCA Blog – written by Aging Life Care Professionals and ALCA Corporate Partners.

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White Papers

Burnout Can Happen to Anyone: Take the Quiz to See if Your Caregiver Flame is About to Fizzle

Caregiving is difficult and exhausting work. If you don’t take time to set limits on what you can do and when, and create balance in your life, you may begin to suffer from a condition called “burnout.” When it comes to caring for an aging loved one, some people cope better than others. But everyone’s flame is at risk of flickering out if they aren’t careful.

Six Hidden Costs to Caring for An Aging Parent

Caregiving for an aging loved one isn’t all doom and gloom. The rewards of caregiving are real, but so are the hidden costs.

Is it OK to Lie to Your Aging Parent?

From our earliest days we are taught never to lie, especially never to our mother or father. However, a survey of Aging Life Care™ experts reveals that telling a “fiblet” can actually be therapeutic when telling painful truths to aging parents with a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Role of Aging Life Care Managers in Estate Planning

With the increased number of older adults in our society and the changing landscape of family systems, there is a growing need for an estate planning team to include the professionals who can make client-specific recommendations related to healthcare – Aging Life Care Managers™ (also known as geriatric care managers).

eBooks

Six Steps to Living Well While Caring for Aging Parents

A reminder may be in order that equilibrium is the key to living well as we divide our time among the needs of our parents, children, partners, jobs, and ourselves. The pull to care, or over care, often knocks that balance of its feet. Download a copy of this eBook and discover six steps that will help bring balance back to your life as a caregiver.

Planning for the Care You Need at Home

This e-book covers some of the aspects of getting care when the time comes, how to get that help, and how your family can arrange for help when you might not be able to make some decisions for yourself. It shares stories to demonstrate and bring to life these issues.