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Unlocking Your Potential: The Benefits of Using a Life Coach Now

By Stacy Alcide RN, BSN, CCM, Certified Aging Life Care Manager Introduction: In life’s journey, we often encounter external and internal obstacles that can hinder our personal and professional growth. A life coach can be a guiding light, helping individuals break through limiting beliefs, develop a plan of action, and find their purpose. This article will explore the numerous benefits of life coaching and the different types of life coaches available to cater to specific needs. Benefits of Life Coaching Self-Awareness: Hiring a life coach can help you better understand yourself, including your values and motivation, leading to better decision-making. […]

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More Ways to Be the Best Advocate for Your Child’s Education Today

By Keishya Fiore, Educational Advocate Your job as a parent is pretty simple on paper: love your child. This means changing peanut butter poop diapers; it means being woken up by a tiny little foot in your neck in the middle of the night; it means watching the same Cocomelon song five times in a row because the only shot at sanity you have is the insanity of repetitious Cocomelon music. That love you have for your child – who ate the last cookie and still had the nerve to smile at you sweetly and ask for another bedtime story – goes beyond sleepless nights. It […]

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Resource Guide: The Option Group Capabilities Brochure

The Option Group is committed to providing all-encompassing care management services for individuals facing unique challenges such as disabilities, chronic illness, or age-related issues across all life stages: Services for Seniors (55+) Services for Adults (21-54) Services for Minors & Young Adults (0-20) Services for Veterans Services for Retired Athletes From Life Care Management to support for family caregivers, our goal is to ensure that each individual and their family experience the highest quality of life, irrespective of age or condition. Learn more by contacting The Option Group or downloading our services brochure. Download the Free Brochure

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Aging in Place: Transforming Bathrooms for a Lifetime of Comfort and Safety

By Stacy Alcide RN, BSN, CCM, Certified Aging Life Care Manager, The Option Group Aging in place, the concept of living independently in one’s own home as one ages has gained significant popularity in recent years. Many seniors prefer to stay in familiar surroundings, maintaining their autonomy and cherished memories. Thoughtful home modifications are essential, and the bathroom is one of the most critical areas to consider. This blog will explore why bathrooms are crucial in the aging-in-place equation and discuss vital considerations in transforming them into safe and accessible spaces. Why Bathrooms Matter Bathrooms are inherently complex spaces that […]

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How Prepared Are You and Your Loved Ones When Natural Disaster Strikes?

by Karen Sorensen, CMC, NBC-HWC Maui’s catastrophic wildfire and Hurricane Idalia’s battering of Florida and neighboring states are recent reminders that natural disasters are sudden, ruthless, and can happen anywhere. This September, as we recognize National Preparedness Month, is an ideal time to evaluate your disaster preparedness. History has taught us that major storms are unpredictable. The best we can do for ourselves and our family members is to plan ahead for emergency. Understanding your risk based on where you live is critical when developing your emergency response. Hurricanes and nor’easters are not just a Maryland and Delaware coastal problem. […]

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Perspective: Small businesses can attract, retain employees despite labor shortages

The Baltimore Banner recently published an article penned by Ellen Platt entitled, “Perspective: Small businesses can attract, retain employees despite labor shortages.”  (Photo: Jintak Han for the Baltimore Banner) As we start a new year, Americans are usually filled with a renewed sense of optimism — a fresh perspective and a positive outlook on what is to come. For small business owners, 2023 hasn’t brought the same excitement. Labor shortages, inflation and supply chain disruptions are battering businesses of all sizes across this country, and Baltimore-area small businesses such as mine are experiencing all these challenges. Sen. Ben Cardin said […]

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Use These Tips Now to Build Your Emergency Kit

By Quinshay Hall, Goldman Sachs 10K Fellow, Intern at The Option Group Seasons come and go; we wake in the morning and prepare for nature’s wonder and beauty. There is a pattern we have come to expect and weather the storms that come with each day.  The same can be said of holidays. No matter your tradition, you probably prepare in advance to curtail the anxiety that may tag along with your gathering. Let’s take this idea of “preparation” one step further.  With the holiday and winter season fast approaching, this is a good time to prepare for a disaster […]

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11 Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout

By Ellen S. Platt, MEd, CRC, CCM, Aging LifeCare Manager Being a caregiver is incredibly demanding, and not just physically. Many caregivers experience caregiver burnout, or a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that is often accompanied by a change in attitude. Burnout can occur when a caregiver is not getting adequate support or when they are going beyond their physical, financial, or emotional abilities to provide care. It may affect all aspects of functioning, making it difficult to do even the simplest of tasks. What are the symptoms of caregiver burnout? Watch for These Symptoms: Because the symptoms of […]

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October 2022: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Begins

By Jackie Tangires, LCSW-C, Certified Aging Life Care Manager, The Option Group. It is that time again to take responsibility for your future and review your health insurance coverage.  Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15, 2022 and ends on December 7, 2022.  Do not delay, start planning today! It is ALWAYS encouraged that you review your coverage from year to year as the companies and medication formularies change.  You don’t want to be blindsided that your medication is no longer covered.  Take the time to review your coverage from the current year and choose the best plan that suits […]

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The Signs and Causes of Caregiver Burnout

elderly women in wheelchair with nurse

By: Ellen Platt at The Option Group Being a caregiver is incredibly demanding, and not just physically. Many caregivers experience caregiver burnout, or a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion that is often accompanied by a change in attitude. Burnout can occur when a caregiver is not getting adequate support or when they are going beyond their physical, financial or emotional abilities to provide care. What are the symptoms of caregiver burnout?   11 Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout  Because the symptoms of caregiver burnout are so similar to symptoms for other conditions like exhaustion, stress and depression, it’s important […]

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