Free Caregiver Conference May 2007

Posted April 28, 2007
Are you helping care for a parent, spouse or other loved one? The Chicago Department on Aging Caregiver Advisory Council and the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (say that three times fast...) are your are your hosts for this FREE upcoming event. Friday, May 25th, 2007 10:00AM - 2:00PM Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Feinberg Pavilion 251 E. Huron, 3rd Floor Conference Room A Chicago, IL  60611 Admission is free and REDUCED parking available.  Also - free RESPITE services are available. Topics will include: Managing Caregiving Stress Understanding Difficult Behaviors Caring for a ...
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I’m in Crain’s Chicago Business

Posted April 27, 2007
We are adding even more senior living advisors to the staff of Senior Living Experts next month, so the question that I posed to Crain's Chicago Business "Small Talk" article is even more relevant.  You can click on the picture to read the answer they gave me to the question I posed.  I think the link only goes to the current week's article so if you are taking a look next week or after, please be sure to click on the archives and look for the April 24 article.. I was so excited to be in the magazine.  However, the ...
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Resisting Care

Posted April 26, 2007
More often than not, an aging loved one is resisting care.  They may be in denial that they need help.  They may be to proud to ask for help.  They may not want their children acting like their parents.  Whatever the reason, it sure makes it harder for the caregiver to talk about bringing help in - or moving!! If you see that your family member needs care, but will not accept it, what can you do? Approach the person with respect.  The person should still be in charge of their care (if possible.)  You may want to step in ...
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Know Before you Go..

Posted April 20, 2007
Last night I attended a seminar on retirement planning. Besides being the youngest person there by about 40 years... I picked up a few bits of information on Continuum of Care Retirement Communities also known as CCRCs.  On one hand they seem perfect because they have independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing and usually make a promise to continue to take care of you even if your money runs out. This of course is after you pass a medical and financial application.  And if you don't qualify, you will be turned down. However, I think its important to note ...
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Sad days…

Posted April 17, 2007
I have been very busy with families the past few weeks which has not allowed me any time to post.  I also have some new senior advisors starting with Senior Living Experts in the next couple of weeks that I am very excited about that has also kept me away from the blog. But yesterday I could not think about seniors or assisted living or work at all.  I was glued to the TV like I was on 9/11.  I went to Virginia Tech.  I graduated from there.  It was and still is the most amazing and beautiful school and ...
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Family, Finances, & Feuds

Posted April 7, 2007
Pathways Senior Living (a provider of supportive living in Illinois) is hosting a free seminar entitled "Family, Finances, & Feuds" in April. The seminar is being presented by Kerry R. Peck and Ray J. Koenig III of Peck, Bloom, Austriaco & Mitchell, LLC. The graying of America has led to a growth of family disputes involving aging adults who are often afflicted with diminished mental capacity.  In this educational seminar, they will discuss the ways to avoid family battles over the control of an older adult's money and medical treatment, as well as other guardianship issues. They will also explore ...
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Another Way to Prevent Indentiy Theft

Posted April 5, 2007
You can sign up to get your social security checks directly deposited to your bank account.  This way the checks arrive in your account on time, with no risk of it getting lost or stolen.  For more information visit: Go Direct Online
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5 Necessary Documents

Posted April 5, 2007
I saw this in a newsletter that I receive and wanted to pass it along as I do get asked this a lot.  This is a minimum as there are also various trusts to consider to prevent your money (or your parents or spouse's money) from getting tied up in probate... Here they are:A will with an executor, who is alive and able to fulfill his duties, A durable power of attorney for financial which gives the power to someone the senior trusts to access her finances when needed A living will that outlines health directives in case of emergency ...
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Another Caregiving – Support Brown Bag Lunch

Posted April 4, 2007
Are you finding yourself providing more and more help to your parents?  Chicago Department on Aging is hosting a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series 3rd Friday of every month at 30 N. LaSalle #2320  from 12:15pm to 1:15pm. Next session will be Friday, April 20th, 2007 " Memory-- What's Normal and What Isn't" - presented by the Alzheimer's Association For more info, call (312) 744-8580
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