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All Things Aging

So Much to Learn

Marianne Smith

You are probably looking at this site hoping for answers to your problems, and you are right to be doing that – it’s what All Things Aging Parents was created for. But we didn’t want to just put up a couple of ideas on a website and call it done. That would only help you if your circumstances were the same as mine were. We wanted to present a more wholistic view of the kinds of problems you will have, so I started looking for answers. Someone introduced me to the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and recommended their course, “Working with Older Adults.” I looked through the material online and thought, “Hey, this is all the stuff we need for our website!” So I enrolled in the course and started studying. Oh my gosh, did I learn just how little I actually knew!


The “Working with Older Adults” course covers health, social, and financial issues faced by senior adults – family relationships, communication, normal physical changes in aging, chronic illness, dementia and Alzheimers, living arrangements, hospice and palliative care, financial and estate planning, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans’ Benefits, ethics… the list goes on and on. I am not an expert, but I’ve got a much broader knowledge than I did before!


This is for you. My goal is to help you find answers. And taking this course, with the goal of receiving my certification as a Certified Senior Advisor, will give some credibility to the information on All Things Aging Parents. And if you keep watching, God willing, by the end of December you will see the CSA seal added to this website!


And for your daily dose of inspiration, look at this link about the tingles of music with Alzheimers patients. As a music lover myself, it gives me chills to know that enjoying music can really reach loved ones with Alzheimers! Watch this guy groove – it is amazing!


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Marianne Smith, CSA
Certified Senior AdvisorĀ®
Director, All Things Aging Parents

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