With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to make it a fun time for all ages, especially the family members in your care who are facing the challenges of aging or disability, or who are isolated and need some social engagement.

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Debra Levy Eldercare Associates appeared in the July/August Bethesda Magazine’s Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging Section in a promotion which described how care management services can help in the situation when you can’t find enough time to devote to your aging parents.

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Ella Fitzgerald first recorded this Cole Porter tune in 1956, but it remains popular even today. We thought it would be a good time to remind our clients and their families about how to remain safe and as comfortable as possible, even when temperatures climb into the triple digits!

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Every May we join the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) in celebrating our profession and the work of Aging Life Care Managers. We are very proud that our entire team of 13 care managers, with varied backgrounds in social work, nursing and gerontology, are all members of ALCA.

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Every March, we recognize and celebrate our valued social workers here at Debra Levy Eldercare Associates. They play a vital role on our care manager team and work very closely with our nurse care managers to provide the highest quality Aging Life Care management services.

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During this season of love, we reflect on our love and gratitude for the founder of DLEA, Debra Levy. As featured in the Guide to Retirement Living Sourcebook for Winter 2017, she was a pioneer in the field of Aging Life Care™ Management and cared deeply for her clients and staff.

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December 2016 marks the third anniversary of DLEA’s Debbie’s Angels program! We began the program as a way to honor the memory of Debra Levy, our founder, while meeting the needs of our clients who require some support to engage in favorite activities. In the last 3 years our Angels have attended weddings, gone swimming, helped prepared meals, enjoyed trips to the movies and museums and logged many miles on walks with our clients!

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How many times have you visited your parents, perhaps over the holidays, for a birthday or anniversary celebration, or just a casual visit and you wished you had the courage to start the conversation about planning for the future? Starting the conversation is not easy, so you remain reluctant to do it. DLEA offers the solution so you can talk confidently with your parents and ultimately help improve the quality of their remaining years.

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When I am asked what I do, I explain that I am an Aging Life Care Manager. Usually the next question is, “what does that mean?” And I explain, “we’re like wedding planners for growing older,” our company’s tag line for the last 4 years. Immediately, a picture is painted of all the specialized knowledge we have, the countless arrangements we make each day on behalf of our clients. Just as no two weddings are exactly alike, each of us ages in our own way, with our personal preferences, challenges and budgets to work with.

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