Grand Opening of new Independent Living Building in Evanston

Posted February 21, 2008
Three Crowns Park in Evanston, one of our partners, is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of McDaniel Courts - their brand spanking new independent living building.  Their campus which is set back on a beautiful tree lined street in Evanston also has assisted living and nursing care. The grand opening celebration will run from 2:00 - 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 5th.  Scheduled tours and light refreshments are included and the ceremony will be held at 3:30. The address is 2323 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston, il 60201 and complimentary Valet Parking is included.  You can RSVP by calling 1-224-420-3064. I ...
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Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted February 20, 2008
It is freezing out and I don't feel like spring is right around the corner.  In addition to that, after spending a warm weekend in North Carolina, I returned to Chicago only to fall out of my car because of ice and land flat on my back!  With that in mind, I thought I should look for some winter safety tips for seniors.  My personal tip to self: don't wear shoes with a slick bottom when you own boots... I found these on winter safety tips for seniors on the Foundation for Health and Aging Website.
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Room & Board Care Homes

Posted February 14, 2008
I just read this article, Geneva Wants Homes Closed online in the daily herald.  This is one of the communities we work with.  In many states, Room and Board Care homes are very popular and are becoming a preferred choice for senior care.  Its sad that this one, which is run by a doctor is having this problem.  I really think its because of the neighborhood she chose, but shouldn't the seniors also be able to live in a nice home? I found the comments to be even more interesting than the article and I look forward to finding out ...
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Federal Stimulus Package and Seniors

Posted February 14, 2008
I have included a link to the IRS website that tells how senior non-taxpayers can get money from the stimulus package that the President signed yesterday.
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Seniors and Driving..

Posted February 8, 2008
Easing the Transition from Driver to Passenger is a guide, published on line by The Hartford, to helping individuals with Alzheimers reduce the need to drive. While this article focuses on early dementia, I think a lot of the suggestions could be used for any elder dealing with giving up their ability to drive.
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Online tool to help figure out Medicare

Posted February 7, 2008
Since there is always so much confusion on this topic I thought I would post this information I received.  Its not the best looking website in the world, but it seems to have everything you need to know to navigate Medicare. The Medicare Rights Center has worked with the National Alliance for Caregiving under a grant from the Langeloth Foundation to bring crucial Medicare information to the caregiver community.  This tool provides hundreds of consumer-friendly answers on Medicare and includes a special section dedicated to caregivers.  The caregiver section includes guidance on getting help caring for a loved one at ...
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Great Article on Long Distance Caregiving

Posted February 6, 2008
I attended a seminar about long distance caregiving last week and this article about sums up all the things we discussed.  I especially like the last point..don't expect your parents to welcome your assistance.  The full article can be seen on CNN.com's website here.  (Or you can go to their website and search for long distance caregiving and the article should come up on the right hand side called "Caring for Mom and Dad from afar."
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Personal Cost of Caregiving

Posted February 5, 2008
A note I received from the Caregiver Exchange has this to say about the cost of caregiving in the US: Evercare and the National Alliance for Caregiving released "Evercare/ NAC Study of Caregivers - What They Spend, What They Sacrifice," the first study to take an in-depth look at the personal financial costs of family caregiving.  The out-of-pocket cost of caring for an aging parent or spouse averages $5,531 a year, a sum that is more than double previous estimates and more than the average American household spends each year on health care and entertainment combined. The Evercare/NAC survey found ...
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