This week Andrew Dubler on behalf of Home To Stay had the pleasure of visiting the 29th annual meeting of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers (NAGCM) right here in Philadelphia.
These geriatric care managers are one of the core foundations of the senior care industry. They are much needed and well sourced navigators helping thousands of seniors each year navigate and survive the aging continuum.
Geriatric care managers are a valuable resource and spending a few hours/sessions with a care manager can save thousands of dollars and unnecessary heartache as you navigate the aging process. Home To Stay works with some of the best geriatric care managers in the Mt. Laurel and South Jersey area – please contact our office if you would like a referral.
Only a small percentage of social workers/care managers identifies themselves as specializing in geriatrics (approximately 4%) and an even smaller percentage identify themselves as having a focus on Alzheimer’s/dementia (approximately 1%). 1% seems very small especially when compared with Alzheimer’s/dementia projected increases over the next 10 years. So having the NAGCM in town this week was very exciting. Although it is a national event – the Delaware Valley and especially South Jersey were very well represented by speakers, attendees and sponsors.
Andrew reported that there were a lot of interesting vendors offering services like home delivered meals, live-in care for seniors (several agencies from South Jersey/Cherry Hill) and dementia training programs. The keynote speaker was Dr. Nash who is the founder and president of Jefferson University’s School of Public Health.
Since the event was held right here in Philadelphia – it was well represented by many attendees from Marlton, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees and other parts of Southern New Jersey. The next NAGCM conference will be in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014.