Phew!

Posted January 31, 2007
I am exhausted. Haven't even had time to write in my blog! Lots going on, some good and just a not so good. In good news, Senior Living Experts is adding a new Advisor to help us cover the western suburbs of Chicago. We have been recommending places out there since we started but now we will really be able to get in more tours and learn about some of the newer places that are going up. We are all very excited to welcome the newest team member and I will tell you all about her in a later blog ...
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An "Under Used" Benefit for Veterans -That Will Help Pay For Long Term Care

Posted January 29, 2007
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed a pension designed to provide financial assistance to disabled veterans who lacked the necessary funds to provide the care they need.  This pension extends to the veterans surviving spouse as well.  Unlike Medicaid, this pension is "relatively" easy to qualify for and provides substantial advatages over other need-based programs. While this benefit is not new, its not very 'advertised' and people are not aware of it, or assume they are not eligible.  There are millions of dollars in the fund that are currently going unused. The benefit is called the VA "Aid and ...
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When to Get Help For Your Loved Ones – A Free Presentation

Posted January 25, 2007
Two of the Belmont Village Assisted Living properties in Chicago are offing a free seminar on how to indentify "The Turning Point" - when your loved one needs help. Changes with aging are common and even expected, but how do you know when a loved one really needs help?  Attend this seminar to learn when (and how) you should step in to help your loved one find the care and support they need. Shay Jacobson, BSN, MA who is the Founder and President of Life Care Innovations will be the presenter.  Here are the dates and places, reservations are required ...
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Class on getting financial affairs in order

Posted January 24, 2007
The North Shore Senior Center  in Northfield is offering a class on Saturday, Feb. 3 – "Getting Your House in Order". Take a Saturday morning and give your family a gift only you can give them: up-to-date records.  Many people have benefited greatly from this class, the accompanying workbook, and the peace of mind that comes from getting your financial affairs under control. 9 am-12:30 pm $30 per person; $35 per couple. Call 847-784-6030 to register for N0641A.  Or you can visit the North Shore Senior Center website for more details.
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"Bee" Aware of a Volunteer with Cupcakes!

Posted January 23, 2007
Today a freelance writer contacted me with a question.  He has been asked to volunteer and write about it for Time-Out magazine.   They thought going to a nursing home or senior center in the area with a bunch of cupcakes might be fun but didn't know which place to call so they called me.The first thing I suggested is that he rethink the cupcakes and make sure they are sugar free!Anyways, he will be showing up at a senior center in the city in a costume dressed as a bumble bee.  He told me he would let me know when ...
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Go Bears!

Posted January 22, 2007
This has absoultely nothing to do with seniors or senior living information but it does have to do with CHICAGO!  Go Bears! What an exciting game yesterday!  We are all looking forward to the Super Bowl and my guess is that every senior living community in Chicago will be having a Super Bowl Party!
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Senior Living – How Much Does it Cost?

Posted January 17, 2007
I know I talk about this a lot but it bears repeating as some of the older posts get lost on this blog. On average, assisted living facilities across the country cost around $3,000 a month or $36,000 a year.  In the Chicago area, costs range from $2,500 to $7,000 a month, depending on the level of care required, location and size of the apartment. The fees are higher when special services and dementia care is added.   In Chicago, most assisted living homes are private pay meaning the resident or the resident family covers the cost of living there. Some ...
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Apparently, I Should Walk Around With A Sandwich Board that says “Medicare Does Not Pay For Long Term Care”

Posted January 16, 2007
At the very least the extra layer should keep me warm, as it is so cold here in Chicago this week. All kidding aside, I recently read an article about a recent study the AARP conducted – “The Costs of Long-Term Care: Public Perceptions Versus Reality in 2006” – where they surveyed 1,456 people ages 45 and up. They found out that while 60% said they were familiar with long-term services, only 8% even came close to estimating the average monthly cost of a nursing home ($6,266). Most gave a much lower estimate. I find this to be accurate in ...
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Unique Volunteer Opportunity

Posted January 15, 2007
The 2007 Joint Conference of American Society on Aging and The National Council on Aging is coming to the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers this March 2007. The theme is "Let's Rethink Aging". "Senior" VOLUNTEERS are needed Monday, March 5 - Saturday March 10, 2007 to assist with the following: Collating Conference Handouts Greeting and Guiding Check-in Desk Assistance Registration Desk Assistance Volunteers can pick shifts that best fit their schedules: Morning (7:00 am - 10:30 am) Mid-Morning (10:30am - 2:00pm) Afternoon (2:00pm - 5:00pm) Plus!  Volunteers may attend the conference for FREE on the day of their shift(s)!  This ...
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Teaching Seniors Computer Basics

Posted January 13, 2007
SeniorNet Learning Centers offer computer classes specifically designed for adults 50 and older.  It is also a community of seniors teaching seniors to use computers in their homes, libraries or community organizations. Introduction to computers and basic computer skills are taught.  Class participants are introduced to computer hardware, including use of the mouse and basic computer skills such as creating, saving and finding files.  Basics of word processing, spreadsheets and databases are also taught.  There are no tests and no grades! Additional classes cover the Internet, digital cameras and graphics. The Northeast Levy Center (corner of Lawrence and Damen), one ...
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