Plan for Aging Well

Building a Team to Provide Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Support as We Age

Are you a caregiver and wonder if you’re doing all you can to support your aging relative? Or what about for yourself? Are you thinking about your own aging process and worried you won’t have the care and assistance you may need? Then this book is for you!

Stephanie Erickson has combined all her work as a clinical social worker and family caregiving expert into a comprehensive, easy-to-follow book, containing step-by-step guides for all scenarios of you and your family’s aging journey.

Don’t wait for a crisis to hit. Start planning now!

"I am discouraged by the current state of support and assistance for older adults and I’m on a mission to advocate for change, and encourage families to proactively take control of their aging journey and demand better care."
Stephanie Erickson, Author

this book will provide you with:

Topics Covered

The Problem

How are we failing our elders? This chapter sets the stage for a Plan for Aging Well, outlining our current healthcare system and its inherent failures and cites where families go wrong in supporting older adults.

The Aging Body

As we age and our bodies slow down, fear and anxiety creep in. This chapter explores the changes in or body, from our appearance, to illness, to death and offers guidance on how to support an older adult not only process the changes, but use them as an opportunity to heal.

The Solution

How can we make things better? This chapter shows how we can be more effective at meeting the needs of older adults with some simple adjustments as to how we evaluate and intervene on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels by working as a proactive and collaborative team.

The Aging Pocketbook

Most people are ill prepared financially and legally for the amount of resources they will need as they age, from home care, to relocation, to specific legal documents such as a Living Will. This chapter explores the depth of potential costs and demonstrates how a proactive financial and legal plan can ensure a person has all they need. The necessary legal documents are highlighted.

The Aging Mind

Neurocognitive disorders (dementia) are most people’s biggest fear about aging – losing their mind. This chapter explains dementia, its most common symptoms and offers a guide to support someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

Team Caregiver

We need a team around us at any time in our life and as we age this becomes even more important. This chapter defines each healthcare and other professionals’ roles, and provides tips on how to make sure a collaborative team approach is established between healthcare providers and family.

The Aging Heart and Soul

We are more than our bodies. We are emotional and spiritual beings who, as we age, need support to process and manage our fears of growing old. This chapter explores the deep ways older adults experience aging and sheds a light on how we can support them and bring meaning to their life, no matter what their capacities are.

Special Considerations

Life can be difficult for many people. This chapter offers insight into how a person’s past experiences play a part in how they experience aging. Mental illness, veterans, visible minorities, survivors of abuse, LGBTQ and survivors of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity are discussed.

Topics Covered

The Problem

How are we failing our elders? This chapter sets the stage for a Plan for Aging Well, outlining our current healthcare system and its inherent failures and cites where families go wrong in supporting older adults.

The Solution

How can we make things better? This chapter shows how we can be more effective at meeting the needs of older adults with some simple adjustments as to how we evaluate and intervene on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels by working as a proactive and collaborative team.

The Aging Body

As we age and our bodies slow down, fear and anxiety creep in. This chapter explores the changes in or body, from our appearance, to illness, to death and offers guidance on how to support an older adult not only process the changes, but use them as an opportunity to heal.

The Aging Mind

Neurocognitive disorders (dementia) are most people’s biggest fear about aging – losing their mind. This chapter explains dementia, its most common symptoms and offers a guide to support someone with a diagnosis of dementia.

The Aging Pocketbook

Most people are ill prepared financially and legally for the amount of resources they will need as they age, from home care, to relocation, to specific legal documents such as a Living Will. This chapter explores the depth of potential costs and demonstrates how a proactive financial and legal plan can ensure a person has all they need. The necessary legal documents are highlighted.

The Aging Heart and Soul

We are more than our bodies. We are emotional and spiritual beings who, as we age, need support to process and manage our fears of growing old. This chapter explores the deep ways older adults experience aging and sheds a light on how we can support them and bring meaning to their life, no matter what their capacities are.

Team Caregiver

We need a team around us at any time in our life and as we age this becomes even more important. This chapter defines each healthcare and other professionals’ roles, and provides tips on how to make sure a collaborative team approach is established between healthcare providers and family.

Special Considerations

Life can be difficult for many people. This chapter offers insight into how a person’s past experiences play a part in how they experience aging. Mental illness, veterans, visible minorities, survivors of abuse, LGBTQ and survivors of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity are discussed.

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about the author

Stephanie Erickson, author of Plan for Aging Well, was born and raised in California. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Specialist (CADTS) and is licensed in both Quebec and California.

She founded Erickson Resource Group, a clinical practice providing decision-making capacity evaluations for legal proceedings and expert opinions related to support for older adults. She also provides online consulting services for caregivers throughout North America. As a Family Caregiving Expert, she is a regular contributor on media outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada discussing topics related to caregiving and health and well-being.

Stephanie is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge and encouraging others to take control of their health and advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations. As a mom and entrepreneur, free time is hard to find. Yet, Stephanie always carves out time to train on the flying trapeze. She lives in Montreal with her husband, two children and energetic golden retriever.

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