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Stacey Gordon
Stacey Gordon, LMSW, has over 20 of years experience in aging related services and she is the Founder of ElderOptions, NY/Chicago, and the Co-Founder of ElderOptions Israel (EOI) a social enterprise providing: care management to older adults and their families, consultation on retirement and life planning, workshops, lectures and innovative programming to eradicate ageism.

Stacey is also is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she teaches M.A. students in the Older Adults program.

Entries by Stacey Gordon

5 Ways to Become an Ally for Your Aging Parents

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 8:10 PM

In a long car ride with my musically savvy teenagers, I happily listened to the bands they enjoy most, bands with names like "Vampire Weekend" and "Volcano Choir." I mostly enjoy my kid's taste in music and I certainly enjoy the fact that they have such eclectic favorite bands.

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What It Takes to Age Well

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 7:51 PM

Ethel was a quintessential New York character. She was a woman who loved life, and happily lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment in Soho. Known to most in her neighborhood as Bird Woman, she frequented the local park to feed and talk to her beloved birds. The birds seemed to...

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Steps and Missteps

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:20 PM

I broke my foot in January, just days before the Polar Vortex roared into Chicago. Fortunately, my children were home that day and heard my cry for help. They appeared at the top of the staircase very confused and slightly frightened and found me in a heap at the bottom...

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Details Of The Heart

(52) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 6:56 AM

When my children were younger I was a stalker. I didn't stalk in the negative, fearful way, I stalked to learn. I watched and followed with deep curiosity certain mothers whose children were a few years older than mine. These mothers eventually became my acquaintances, and we took part in...

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Considering Caregiving

(4) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 4:46 PM

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new. The next caregiver made Grandma Mollie uncomfortable...

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Mushroom-Barley Soup and Other Red Flags

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 10:19 AM

It was the mushroom-barley soup that pushed me over the edge. I knew after the first offensive taste that there was something seriously wrong and I knew that it would soon be time to talk. Mushroom-barley soup, a staple of my childhood, lovingly prepared by Grandma Mollie, was the most delicious...

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GPS: Geriatric Positioning System

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 5:29 PM

In the past month, three unrelated experiences point to the fact that we have a big problem on our hands, and we are not sure how to get a handle on it.

Older people are getting lost. And I DO NOT mean lost in a moral sense, or lost...

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The Death of Memory

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 3:33 PM

I often bring home stories about my work -- mostly stories about how individuals and their families cope with aging and the rewards and losses that accompany it. There are stories about the rewards of family and community, about prizes won for life-long work, about friends who walk side by...

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