Although I recently celebrated a milestone birthday, that isn’t why I sometimes refer to myself as an, Aging Life Care Manager. Try saying it this way: “Aging Life, CareManager” . Actually the designation, Aging Life Care Manager, is a newly developed title evolving out of a rebranding campaign by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers in 2015. This professional trade group formally adopted a new name last year, the Aging Life Care AssociationTM to more succinctly brand the profession.
When we started ElderCareSmart five years ago, eldercare managers holding a clinical license and certification were most commonly known as “geriatric care managers’’. Today colleagues in the profession may refer to themselves using any number of titles. The formal designations either Aging Life Care Manager/Professional or Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) mean that the individual is a licensed healthcare or social services professional who specializes in care management for those over 55. We provide assessment, teaching, information, and guidance to families and individuals who need assistance with navigation of the eldercare and healthcare services maze. An Aging Life Care Professional/GCM also provides direct intervention for care coordination, communication, counseling and advocacy to promote quality care and best outcomes. As members of the Aging Life Care AssociationTM we adhere to rigorous standards of practice, a code of ethics and are required to meet on-going requirements for continuing education.