Respite Bill in Congress

Posted May 31, 2007
Respite, the most frequently requested family support service, has been shown to provide family caregivers with the relief necessary to maintain their own health, bolster family stability, keep marriages intact, and avoid or delay more costly nursing home or foster care placements. The Lifespan Respite Care Act authorizes competitive grants to Aging and Disability Resource Centers in collaboration with a public or private non-profit state respite coalition or organization to make quality respite available and accessible to family caregivers regardless of age or disability. The law allows grantees to identify, coordinate and build on federal, state and local respite resources and ...
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Dutiful Daughters (TM) Discussion

Posted May 17, 2007
Dutiful Daughters is a free monthly support group for caregivers struggling with the emotional and physical challenges of caring for an elderly parent or spouse while often times balancing the demands of other family members and career. Each month at Sunrise Assisted Living of Lincoln Park, they hold a discussion hosted by their Director of Community Relations, Jennifer Joers and their Reminiscence Coordinator, James Thomson, who has been certified by the Alzheimer's Association to lead support groups.  (I mentioned this group before briefly in my post about Alzheimer's support groups.)  Above is a picture I took of Jim and some ...
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Identity Theft Seminar

Posted May 15, 2007
When:  Saturday, May 19  11:00am - 12:00 pm Where: Brighton Gardens of Burr Ridge, 6801 High Grove Boulevard, Burr Ridge, IL  630-920-2900 Office Angie Zucchero, of the Burr Ridge Police Department will be giving a seminar on identity theft.  Learn what it is, why it is so prevalent, how to protech yourself and your loved ones, and what to do if you are victimized.  Handouts will be available and a Question & Answer session will follow. Refreshments will be provided so don't miss this FREE and informative event! RSVP to 630-920-2900
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Alzheimer’s Association Family Forum

Posted May 9, 2007
My good friends at the Alzheimer's Association asked me to post this information: The Alzheimer's Association is proud to announce our first annual family forum, to be held Sunday, August 26, 2007 from 10am - 4 pm at the Hyatt McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The forum will be an incredible opportunity for family members and friends of persons with dementia to come together and discover the resources that are available to them, learn about advances in Alzheimer research, gain knowledge of caregiving practices, and build camaraderie with other families facing this disease. This one day forum includes presentations on ...
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Resident Rights in Assisted Living

Posted May 7, 2007
The following is a list of rights that everyone moving into an assisted living facility should have: Privacy Control of personal finances Retain and have use of personal possessions Freedom of religion Control of health related services (and freedom to choose their doctors) The abilty to organize a resident council To be treated with dignity and respect (shouldn't we treat everyone especially seniors with dignity and respect?) The freedome to interact freely with others withing the assisted living home and the community
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Advance Directives Check Up

Posted May 6, 2007
One of my dear friends, Daryl Isenberg has thought up another way to record your advance directive decisions.  Literally.  She will record them.  She can walk you through 30 minutes of advance directive training and then a 30 minute digital camcorder interview that can be stored on DVD. She says "This on-camera record of your end-of-life care wishes will inform and empower the person you trust to speak for you if you can't speak for yourself.  It can put to rest difference of opinion among well-meaning family and physicians.  This recording can [also] open the discussion you continue to have ...
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Who Lives in Assisted Living Facilities

Posted May 5, 2007
I just read an interesting article.  The information comes for the "2006 Overview of Assisted Living, " published by the National Center for Assisted Living. The average age is 85 More than 75% are female Typical resident is an 86 y.o. femail who is mobile, but needs assistance with approx 2 activities of daily living. (ADL's) More than 900,000 people nationwide live in assisted living settings The average length of stay is about 27 months.  34% of residents will move to a nursing facility.  30% will pass away.  The remaining will move home or to another location. 86% need help ...
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Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Posted May 4, 2007
Lots of people are looking for a great gift idea for mom (or grandmother or auntie!) around this time.  And if mom is in a nursing home or assisted living or mom has Alzheimer's its even harder to find the perfect gift.  My dear grandmother had more bottles of White Linen then Estee Lauder herself even owned.  When mom is recieving care - what is the perfect gift?  Well I think I found it.  I met the ladies who started a company called Nice-N-Cozy about a year ago at a caregiver conference.  When I saw their product I wished my ...
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