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

Does Alzheimer's cause insomnia? — May 21, 2013
I am touched by the tenderness with which you ask this question. This is one of the most difficult issues that caregivers go through. Also, it is one that brings many of u...
How to make a home safe for someone with Parkinson's? — May 21, 2013
I'm not sure whether I understand the question. Medicare won't pay for the actual care giving. They will pay for the equipment that the doctor orders. There is good news ...
How upsetting is it for alzheimer's patient to be moved in/out of respite care? — Mar 30, 2013
My heart goes out to you because Alzheirmer's Disease doesn't just strike one person. Everyone involved needs care. Both you and your husband have needs and both may be...
A Caregiving Memory — Mar 26, 2013
My family is together in Morro Bay, California, driving down the highway on our way to lunch. My father, who is an invalid, is in the back seat, chanting. "The rock, the ro...
How can I get my siblings to understand my mom needs professional care? — Mar 25, 2013
Very often out of town siblings don't understand that mom needs help. Try to get professional assistance from a geriatric care manager, social worker, or nurse to assess y...
Can my aunt be forced out of a hospital if the doctors think she's better? What is the best next step in care? — Mar 25, 2013
I don't think it is so much of whether your aunt can be forced out of the hospital as it is of whether insurance will pay. You must check with medicare to find out whether...
Independent Living -- or Assisted Living? — Mar 18, 2013
The question of independent living vs. assisted living for your grandmother could partly be decided by location. It is nice if she is close to the family who will visit he...
What are shift options for 24/7 caregiving for mom? — Feb 03, 2013
In additionn to the above. Sometimes in independent living residences there are others who need help twice a day and don't really need 4 hours at a time. You may be able t...
Is it wrong to be involved with a man who has an invalid wife in a nursing home? — Jan 10, 2013
There is an old saying that you can't help another unless you have walked in his moccasins. Your life experiences are leading you to growth in understanding that could be ...
What to do about Dad's increasingly agressive behavior at home? — Jan 10, 2013
I am touched by all the caring work you have done. Now you are being required to help your whole family. Look at a move to assisted living as a way to add many arms and e...