Elder Care Insights-Blog

2016 Tolland County Business Showcase

Please come visit the Elder Care Services Booth featuring Elder Care Consulting, Elder Care Associates and Senior Moments at the 2016 Tolland County Business Showcase on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Maneeley’s Banquet Facility, 65 Rye Street, South Windsor, CT.   Check out the wonderful crafts by our Senior Moments Clients and be sure to enter our drawing for a Shady Glen Gift Certificate!

2016 business showcase notice

Join us at the Expo!

Senior Moments and Elder Care Consulting will be attending the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce business and home expo on March 10. This free event will have over 30 local businesses showcased and have food from local restaurants. For more information visit http://www.manchesterchamber.com/

Stop by to meet Elder Care Consulting ‘s Aging Life Care Consultant and Senior Moment’s Wellness nurse.

Elder Care Insights on Silver Alerts

Lost…a person with memory impairment.
A Silver Alert is a public notification system in the United States to broadcast information about missing persons – especially senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities – in order to aid in their being found.
How often have we seen these posts on our local Patch, the news or other media?
Why do they happen?
Families often do not recognize that their loved ones are at risk for wandering. Many people with memory impairment are also directionally challenged. That’s not the same as the joke of “most men will never ask for directions”. This condition is related to how their brains perceive visual spatial differences.
What are the warning signs and how can you prevent this from happening without restricting freedom?
1. Always make sure the person has identification on them.
2. Consider a Safe Return alert bracelet from the Alzheimer’s Association. For information visithttps://www.alz.org/national/documents/topicsheet_safereturn.pdf
3. Enlist your neighbors to keep an eye out for the person on the move.
4. Keep the person active and engaged. Try introducing a walking buddy.
5. Tracking devices on most cell phones can also pin point the person’s location

Another great resource is


O’Connor receives award

Lori O'Connor, Elder Care Consulting

Lori O’Connor, President of Elder Care Consulting in Manchester and Senior Moments Day Center in Tolland has received a National Geriatric Care Manager certification and membership in the Aging Life Care Association. These professionals have expertise in the care of older adults and support of families and caregivers. Lori holds a Master’s Degree in nursing with a specialty in Gerontological nursing and owns three elder care companies serving central and Eastern CT.


Senior Moments to attend the Connecticut Association of Adult Day Center’s Expressive Art Exhibit


Senior Moments to attend the Connecticut Association of Adult Day Center’s Expressive Art Exhibit at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Conference Thursday, April 7.

Exhibits will be comprised of a variety of hand made arts and craft projects.
Some of the artists will be individuals who attend our Adult Day Center Senior Moments in Tolland. Follow us as we develop our artistic side. For information on the CT Alzheimer’s conference click here

Elder Care Insights Long Distance Caregiving

Today your mom is in the hospital and you live 1000 miles away.

Who will you call?
These are challenging times in all health care settings. In this day of hospitalists versus the family doctor, how can you be sure that the hospital has the correct information? What can you expect at discharge? What will happen to your elderly father when he is alone at home? These worries become compounded when the patient has memory loss, physical limitations or sensory issues as well.

May is National Professional Geriatric Care Managers month. These are the individuals who come to the rescue when you truly need an advocate, a coordinator or a health care professional that can bridge the health care divide. Professional Geriatric Care Managers assess, recommend, coordinate, advocate and support the entire family system. They work in conjunction with families, attorneys, financial planners, assisted livings and all health care agencies.

Professional Geriatric Care Managers are the only professionals that cross the continuum of care by following our elder in hospitals, to rehabilitative facilities and back home again.
Local resources to assist your family members include:
Area Agency on Aging
Senior Centers in your parent’s local area
Town Department of Social Services

Lori O’Connor, MSN, APRN is a national certified professional geriatric care manager and a certified dementia specialist with Elder Care Consulting, LLC