Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.



Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.



Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…


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As the team worked with her, they were able to solve issues that arose and modified the plan to address these needs. The children shared their mother said, “I just love them. I don’t know how I could have done this without them.”

Team members include Billie May, a registered nurse (RN) and a Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association™. She holds a master of science in nursing degree and is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Billie has had a diverse career with over 40 years of clinical nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, focusing on the care of the elderly.

The second team member is Debbie Kitchen, who is also an RN and an Associate member of the Aging Life Care Association™. She began her career as a medical-surgical and critical care nurse. She received a master of science in nursing with a gerontology focus. Debbie has worked as a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology with 40-plus years of nursing experience. She has a great desire to work with older adults and their families to help maintain their quality of life. She is a Board- certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The third member of this team is Tamela R. Jennewein. Prior to joining ALCS, she was the Ethics Coordinator and Palliative Care Chaplain at a hospital in Lexington. Tammy brings a unique background to ALCS. She holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky and has practiced law in the past, focusing on elder issues. She is also a court-approved Family Mediator. Tamela has a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Lexington Theological Seminary and a master of arts degree in bioethics from the University of Louisville. She has completed the training required to be a guardian in the state of Kentucky and has even served as her mother’s guardian and conservator for the past five years.

Everyone on the team is a member of the Aging Life Care Association, a national organization that is recognized for professional standards and a code of ethics in care management for older adults.

We encourage you to get to know the team at Aging Life Care Solutions and set up a meeting for you and your family. It’s never too early to plan.


ALCS also assists with health and disability issues. The team can interact with the health care system, whether it is a doctor’s office, hospital or nursing care facility. Your ALCS team will be your advocate to ensure your needs are being adequately addressed. They will also facilitate communication between the health care staff and you and your family.

ALCS also provides guidance for guardianship/healthcare decisions, alternative living situations, family mediation and referrals for legal/Medicaid and financial planning.

Assisting clients in maintaining their independence in a safe and secure environment is what drives the team at ALCS every day. This dedication is seen in the following example about one of their clients:

The client is 86 years old with two adult children living in various parts of the country. The children were not sure their mother could safely live in her current home and were uncertain where to turn for help. After conversations with the client and her children, the ALCS team did a comprehensive evaluation and worked with the family to develop an individualized plan to address her needs.

As we age and life begins to slow down, we enter into a new and exciting chapter of our lives. Yet there are many unknown variables at this stage of life that can quickly take us from new adventures to serious challenges, including health issues, living arrangement changes and more. We are pleased to spotlight a local business dedicated to bringing solutions to help meet these challenges of aging.

Aging Life Care Solutions LLC is an experienced group of Aging Life Care professionals that uses a team approach to assess and address both the short and long-term needs of their clients. They listen, evaluate and provide solutions customized to your needs and budget or those of a loved one. As experts in the field of aging with over 50 years of combined experience, they promote the best possible quality of life for seniors and their families who are facing the challenges of growing older by assisting in the navigation of systems to promote independence and successful aging.

A snapshot of how ALCS can help you or your family member begins with a holistic evaluation, which looks at the individual’s medical history, functional status and environmental and safety needs. Based on this evaluation, a care plan will be developed to guide you and your family to understand care options so you can make the right decisions that promote high-quality care for yourself and your loved ones.


Tamela R Jennewein, Esq., MAPS, MA

Debbie Kitchen MSN, RN

Billie May MSN, RN

1890 Star Shoot Pkwy. Ste. 170-165, Lexington, KY 40509 • ph.859-629-4454 www.aginglifecaresolutions.com