Kay Paggi, Geriatric Care Manager


As a licensed professional counselor, certified gerontological counselor, and certified geriatric care manager, Kay Paggi has provided empathetic and experienced assistance to older adults and their families for nearly 20 years. Her background includes facilitating support groups and educational seminars for adults providing care for their aging parents. She is the originator of a brain-stimulating group activity for older adults called Mental Aerobics that has been studied by researchers at the University of North Texas on two occasions.

A professional geriatric care manager in private practice, Paggi is also an adviser for Trinity Learning Center productions, which creates educational videos for staff of long-term care facilities. She has also been on the advisory board of the Emeritus Program at Richland College since 1963. She has a master's degree in counseling from the University of North Texas.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What legal responsibility do my friend's sons and family have in caring for her? She's a disabled single parent. — Jul 06, 2014
I do not believe there is a law requiring adult children or other family to provide care and support for a parent. You are an amazing and generous person for having volunte...
Independent Living -- or Assisted Living? — Mar 22, 2013
Your grandmother is to be commended for recognizing that she may need more assistance in the future than she does now. The best solution is to find a retirement community ...
How Should Adult Siblings Deal With a Dad Who Is Emotionally "Checked Out"? — Feb 04, 2013
This is so sad for your husband and his siblings. I'm sorry that he has not had a supportive relationship with his father. Shutting a door and completely cutting off con...
What are shift options for 24/7 caregiving for mom? — Jan 31, 2013
Your mother is fortunate to have a supportive extended family. Good for you! Mom may need only a few shifts to help her through the more difficult times of day. Most com...
How can I help my mom deal with being alone on Christmas day? — Dec 09, 2012
Knowing loved ones will be without family on holidays is difficult. It is easier for you because your mother has some memory deficits - she may not realize that particular ...
Communication With Elderly — Sep 22, 2012
Effective communication is essential to every relationship, particularly so in a caregiving situation. Often it is not what you say, but how you say it that determines...
What kind of care should we expect for my grandmother with Alzheimer's in her rehab facility? — Sep 18, 2011
Hopefully others will read your question and get the message: GET PERMISSION FROM THE PERSON WITH ALZHEIMERS TO SPEAK TO MEDICAL PROVIDERS BEFORE YOU NEED IT. If your moth...
How can I stop my father from canceling more in-home care hours? — Sep 11, 2011
Legally, unless you are his Power of Attorney, you cannot prevent him from cancelling in home care. For him, companions in his home probably represent reminders that he is ...
How do we help my mother with dementia adjust to life in the nursing home? — Aug 26, 2011
The transition into long term care is difficult for both the patient and her family, perhaps more so with a dementia patient because they can't understand what is happening...
How long should it take for my mother with Alzheimer's adjust to her new home? — Aug 18, 2011
You are right. Limit your visits and calls. It's important for you to remember that YOU did not cause your mother to go to this facility. OK, you chose this particular com...