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

How can I deal with my husband's worsening Alzheimer's symptoms? — Nov 15, 2010
You are a spouse caring for a husband with Alzheimer's. I wish we could call you a warrior instead of a caregiver. Caregiver sounds as if you are expected to be an Osteriz...
When Is It Time for My Parents, Who Both Have Dementia, to Go to Assisted Living? — Nov 09, 2010
Deciding to send parents to assisted living, especially with dementia, tugs at the heart strings and does not always work. Here are some suggestions to help them stay at h...
How Can I Best Clean My Wheelchair Bound Mother After She Soils Herself? — Sep 10, 2010
I hope you will be able to care for your mother at home for your sake.Your dear mother would be fine either way with a caring daughter like you. When you are dealing with i...
What should the pay rate be for live-in family caregivers? — Aug 30, 2010
I am glad you have asked about a pay rate for live-in family caregivers. Many elders have to go into institutional settings because the family is too shy to ask for pay fo...
For how many hours should we pay my sister's live-in caregiver? — Aug 16, 2010
Caregiver pay is often a touchy subject for families. Room and board and a nice space is wonderful-----However it is difficult to know the benfit of having a friend living...
How do move Mom from bed to chair to bathroom? — Aug 09, 2010
Moving a parent from bed to wheelchair to bathroom can be exhausting. If your dear mother is heavy there is danger of injuring yourself or her. Perhaps you could move her ...
Where is the best place to start to become a caregiver? — Aug 06, 2010
I'm glad to hear that you had a relationship with your grandmother. So many caregivers have that soft spot for a grandparent. That inspiration might be more important than ...
Grandpa refuses to allow us to help him bathe, but he's smells horribly. What can we do? — Jun 05, 2010
Thank you for your letter. Your family wants to keep your grandfather comfortable at home-----and are willing to sacrifice their own comfort. As your grandfather nears the ...
How can we prevent bedsores? — May 20, 2010
I am glad to hear that you are concerned with preventing the bedsores. It is so difficult after they are started. I would be able to give you more information, if I knew be...
Should I have to give up my life to help my mother and grandmother? — Apr 26, 2010
Stop and think: How many years did you feel trapped being Cared for By your mother? Now you feel trapped caring for your mother and your grandmother.   ...