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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Planning a wedding or finding senior housing?

Posted May 30, 2007
I have never planned a wedding.  I have been in more than I can think of, but have never had to research and call and coordinate and get quotes and haggle like this before!  I got engaged this weekend.. yeah!!  Which would hopefully explain the lack of posts to the blog.  As I sit here and feel completely overwhelmend I realize the need to call in industry experts and pick their brains.  Which is why people should call me when they are overwhelmed trying to research and call and coordinate and get quotes for senior living.  I know who does ...
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Memory Walk 2007 Planning starts

Posted May 24, 2007
This week I attended another committee meeting for the upcoming walk in September.  (I am the co-chair again this year!) We are currently looking to sign up the corporate sponsors.  If you think your company would be interested in being a sponsor, please contact me.  You can email me:  lisa(at) Last year there were 6,000 walkers! Corporate sponsors have tables at the walk to share their information with the walkers.  They also get their logo on the back of the memory walk T-shirts.  There are other benefits as well, but the T-shirt is my favorite. What a great opportunity as ...
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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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More information on the Free Caregiving Conference May 25th

Posted May 16, 2007
I already posted about this, but was just sent the official "agenda" for the event.  There are going to be so many great speakers and resources there, that I had to share it again.  There is still space available, so RSVP if you have not already!  312-744-8580 is the number to call to register - that is through the Chicago Department on Aging. CAREGIVER CONFERENCE 2007  - PROGRAM AGENDA Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion – 3rd Floor Conference Center 251 E.  Huron, Chicago, IL  60611 9:30 – 10:00 AM – Registration 10: 00 – 11:00 AM – Keynote “Your Caregiving ...
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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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Posted May 10, 2007
My dad sent this cartoon to me today....
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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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Local Alzheimer's Support Groups

Posted May 8, 2007
Here is a list of local (to the city of Chicago) support groups relating to Alzheimer's disease (and related dementias)  These groups that I list are for caregivers. I by the way just burned my SECOND pot on the stove.  This is not funny anymore. Please call ahead to confirm the meeting.  Some also provide free respite services. 9th day monthly (call for time)- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E. Huron 3rd floor  312/861-2137 2nd Monday monthly 10am - Windermere Health Center, 5549 S. Cornell  773/702-9037 2nd Monday monthly 6 pm -Rush Waud Resource Center, 710 S. Paulina 800/757-0202 2nd Monday ...
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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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