AUDIBEL PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH

According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-related disability in adults age 75 years plus, following arthritis and hypertension. Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.

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A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IS GOOD FOR SENIOR HEALTH

For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened experts from the fields of sleep research, anatomy and physiology as well as pediatrics, neurology and gerontology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

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As the team worked with her, they were able to solve issues that arose and modified the plan to address these needs. The children shared their mother said, “I just love them. I don’t know how I could have done this without them.”


Team members include Billie May, a registered nurse (RN) and a Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association™. She holds a master of science in nursing degree and is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Billie has had a diverse career with over 40 years of clinical nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, focusing on the care of the elderly.


The second team member is Debbie Kitchen, who is also an RN and an Associate member of the Aging Life Care Association™. She began her career as a medical-surgical and critical care nurse. She received a master of science in nursing with a gerontology focus. Debbie has worked as a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology with 40-plus years of nursing experience. She has a great desire to work with older adults and their families to help maintain their quality of life. She is a Board- certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist.


The third member of this team is Tamela R. Jennewein. Prior to joining ALCS, she was the Ethics Coordinator and Palliative Care Chaplain at a hospital in Lexington. Tammy brings a unique background to ALCS. She holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky and has practiced law in the past, focusing on elder issues. She is also a court-approved Family Mediator. Tamela has a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Lexington Theological Seminary and a master of arts degree in bioethics from the University of Louisville. She has completed the training required to be a guardian in the state of Kentucky and has even served as her mother’s guardian and conservator for the past five years.


Everyone on the team is a member of the Aging Life Care Association, a national organization that is recognized for professional standards and a code of ethics in care management for older adults.


We encourage you to get to know the team at Aging Life Care Solutions and set up a meeting for you and your family. It’s never too early to plan.

AGING LIFE CARE SOLUTIONS

ALCS also assists with health and disability issues. The team can interact with the health care system, whether it is a doctor’s office, hospital or nursing care facility. Your ALCS team will be your advocate to ensure your needs are being adequately addressed. They will also facilitate communication between the health care staff and you and your family.


ALCS also provides guidance for guardianship/healthcare decisions, alternative living situations, family mediation and referrals for legal/Medicaid and financial planning.


Assisting clients in maintaining their independence in a safe and secure environment is what drives the team at ALCS every day. This dedication is seen in the following example about one of their clients:


The client is 86 years old with two adult children living in various parts of the country. The children were not sure their mother could safely live in her current home and were uncertain where to turn for help. After conversations with the client and her children, the ALCS team did a comprehensive evaluation and worked with the family to develop an individualized plan to address her needs.

As we age and life begins to slow down, we enter into a new and exciting chapter of our lives. Yet there are many unknown variables at this stage of life that can quickly take us from new adventures to serious challenges, including health issues, living arrangement changes and more. We are pleased to spotlight a local business dedicated to bringing solutions to help meet these challenges of aging.


Aging Life Care Solutions LLC is an experienced group of Aging Life Care professionals that uses a team approach to assess and address both the short and long-term needs of their clients. They listen, evaluate and provide solutions customized to your needs and budget or those of a loved one. As experts in the field of aging with over 50 years of combined experience, they promote the best possible quality of life for seniors and their families who are facing the challenges of growing older by assisting in the navigation of systems to promote independence and successful aging.


A snapshot of how ALCS can help you or your family member begins with a holistic evaluation, which looks at the individual’s medical history, functional status and environmental and safety needs. Based on this evaluation, a care plan will be developed to guide you and your family to understand care options so you can make the right decisions that promote high-quality care for yourself and your loved ones.

AGING LIFE CARE SOLUTIONS TEAM MEMBERS

Tamela R Jennewein, Esq., MAPS, MA

Debbie Kitchen MSN, RN

Billie May MSN, RN

1890 Star Shoot Pkwy. Ste. 170-165, Lexington, KY 40509 • ph.859-629-4454 www.aginglifecaresolutions.com