Ann Cason, Geriatric Care Consultant


Ann Cason is a geriatric care manager based in Portland,Oregon. She helps families find solutions to issues related to the care of their aging loved ones. She is a pioneer in bringing mindfulness and awareness into caregiving and aging and is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set up Quality Home Care for Our Elders (Shambhala Publications). Website: www.anncason.com.

Why I Care

Decades ago, by seeming accident, I started working with the elderly, finding genuine connection in working with older people and their caregivers. I feel that it is important that human beings can have a healthy and dignified life, even in the midst of sickness and old age, and that society as a whole can experience basic goodness by participating in a culture of kindness.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Should I consider memory care community placement for my spouse with dementia? — Dec 17, 2015
There is no right way or wrong way to care for someone with dementia. It sounds to me as if your husband's care, with helpers and with friends has become a way of life that...
Am I responsible for older disabled sister's care? — Jun 08, 2015
I think the way you can be most helpful is to continue your phone calls of encouragement and sisterly love. When your sister gives you a bad time, you should gently hang up...
How Can We Help His Alcoholics Parents as They Age? — Jan 08, 2014
Helping alcoholic parents is not easy. As long as the alcoholic is drinking, which only he or she can decide to do or not, I had a friend who put her alcoholic mother into...
Vacation / Spas for the Elderly? Do they exist? — Aug 17, 2013
Such a good question in an age when aging can be looked at as growing sick. You have the right idea, but I hope you won't have to use all of your retirement money. Your mo...
What Is the ADL Scale? — Jul 19, 2013
Tools such as the ADL or Katz scale can be helpful on helping you to think about assisted living or in-home care. They say the Katz is better for rehab than assisted livin...
Can My Client Quit One Agency and Hire Me Through Different Agent? — Jul 13, 2013
Sometimes when you change agencies, your client could pay a fee to the agency that would solve your legal problems. I think some agencies are aware of the emotional connect...
Can My Client Quit One Agency and Hire Me Through Different Agent? — Jul 13, 2013
When you change in-home care agencies, it is not considered good form to take your clients with you. Also, when you were hired, you probably signed an agreement saying tha...
Should we move dad closer while he is experiencing paranoia? — Jul 03, 2013
Sorry to hear of the trouble with your parents. Paranoia is not really an illness, but a symptom of an underlying condition, either physical or mental. A large per cent o...
Can a LTC facility kick out my Dad if they don't get along with family? — Jun 26, 2013
I am sorry to hear of your trouble; it can be very painful working emotions when a parent in long term care. I think a LTC facility can kick your father out, but it should...
Assisted Living - Did I make the right choice to move my dad from his community? — May 31, 2013
I wish everyone could be a rookie like you: kind, good writer, and willing to go beyond what is reasonable for one human to ask of another. Thank you for your good letter. ...