Great Online Articles

Posted June 28, 2007
Someone just sent me a link to an article that was in Monday's edition of USA Today.  I am just getting around to reading it now.  Its a great article and it speaks of all the different kinds of situations we come across in our business.  I have included the link here USA TODAY article on Elder care shifting away from nursing homes. When I went to the site though, it appears they are doing different articles on the subject all week so its a great place to browse.  Also, they had a link to the ABC caregiving articles and ...
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Our Cable Access TV Debut…

Posted June 27, 2007
Set your VCR's or Tivo's!  Last month I was interviewed for the cable access TV show, "The Vintage Times."  This show is a monthly cable television program for senior citizens (and those who care for senior citizens.)  It is produced by the Township of Downers Grove in cooperation with the Village of Downers Grove. I was asked to speak about the different options in senior living, and how to know when its time to make the move.  Betty from Senior Home Sharing (one of our partners) was also there to talk about their unique senior living options.  Hanna is the ...
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ABC World News Tonight – Looking for YOU

Posted June 20, 2007
ABC News contacted me this week!  They are looking for you, the readers of this blog. They are going to be doing a special segment on eldercare and caregiving - specifically on the "sandwich generation" which is defined as caregivers who are taking care of their children and their parents.  They want to hear YOUR story.  Not my story, but yours!  They are looking for people to send short video clips to them which you can do with your cell phone or digital camera if it has that function. For more information read on: ABC News wants to know about ...
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Dutiful Daughters (TM) Discussion

Posted June 12, 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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Family, Finances, & Feuds

Posted June 11, 2007
I love this cartoon, click on it to enlarge... Anyways... The Breakers at Edgewater Beach is hosting a free seminar on Wednesday June 27th. The seminar is being presented by Kerry R. Peck  Peck, Bloom, Austriaco & Mitchell, LLC. The graying of America has led to a major growth of family disputes when money and medical treatement are involved.  How to avoid family battles over control of an older adult, even when the person's judgement is being questioned will be discussed.  This seminar will also address various legal problems that occur after death and how to avoid legal attacks of ...
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Alzheimer's Action: Email Your Senator

Posted June 10, 2007
I received this information from the Alzheimer's Association this week: The President’s 2008 budget proposes to cut funding for Alzheimer research and eliminate federal support for essential services that assist individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  Congress has the power to reject the President’s budget.    Action on Alzheimer issues has moved to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Senate Appropriations Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee (LHHS) is now working on a bill that could fund specific federal programs cut in the President’s budget, including Alzheimer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National 24/7 Call Center and the ...
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Nutrition for Aging Parents Seminar

Posted June 10, 2007
The Alexian Brothers Senior Services Department is hosting a seminar called: "Where Health Begins: Nutrition For The Aging Parent" Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2007 Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm Where: Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Conference Room 2 800 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village Proper nutrition is a very important part of an older adult's total well being.  Susan Rizzo, RD, from the Alexian Brothers Hosptial Network and Kim Kirchherr, RD, are both registered dietitians.  They will talk about the nutritional value of foods and provide helpful information for family caregivers to learn about proper nutrition. There is no cost for this program, ...
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Free Elder Law Help – THIS FRIDAY!

Posted June 4, 2007
Do you want a power of attorney or living will, but can’t afford an attorney? Attorneys from the Pro Bono Center For Disability and Elder Law are hosting a Pro Bono Initiative to help you set up a Power of Attorney and a Living Will for FREE. When:     Friday, June 8, 2007 Time :     11am-1pm Where:    Community Center         Chicago’s West Side Remember this is a FREE service. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For information please contact Courtney Perkins from the Pro Bono Center immediately at 312.908.1926.
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June Brown Bag Lunch Topic : Understanding Medicare & Medicaid

Posted June 4, 2007
Chicago Department on Aging Presents thier monthly “Brown Bag Seminar Series” Topic: Helping Your Parents Understand Medicare, Medicaid and Other Insurance Programs Are you finding yourself barraged by Medicare and other insurance information as you try to assist your parents and older loved ones?  Learn about the various federal, state and private programs available and their eligibility requirements. Friday, June 15, 2007 12:15-1:15 Chicago Department on Aging 30 N. La Salle #2320 (312) 744-8580 BE OUR GUEST FOR LUNCH (thats right!  Free lunch on the city!) Reservations are required though!
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Make Your Healthcare Choices Known

Posted June 2, 2007
Northwestern Hospital Patient Education is hosting a no charge seminar about making your healthcare choices known. Advance directives provide information about your medical care choices if you are unable to communicate.  Kathy Johnson Neely, MD, chair of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Medical Ethics Committee and associate professor of Medicine at Norhtwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, will discuss advance directives recognized by Illinois state law. Wednesday, July 25th 5:30  to 6:30 pmFriday, July 27th 11am- noon Call 312-926-8400 to register and for directions and location!
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