Actually, the scientists got together and had lots to say about Alzheimers..

Posted April 23, 2008
So last week the American Academy of Neurology had their annual conference here in Chicago.  There have been tons of articles since then so here is one more - I picked this one because : A. I have the power to increase my intake of Vitamin E B. I have no way to change the size of my brain So at least I feel more in control then when they tell me I need to eat fish (yuck!) April 15, 2008Recommend <https://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/896387,brain041608.article#none> BY MONIFA THOMAS Health Reporter The size of a certain part of your brain might protect you from ...
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Health Risks for Seniors Who Smoke

Posted April 23, 2008
As if we needed another reason... I recently read an article in the Chicago Sun Times that said : "Ranjan Duara, MD, of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Wein Center for Alzheimer’s Disease in Miami Beach, Florida, led a team of researchers who say its possible to delay the onset of the disease by as long as five years, if people would reduce or eliminate heavy smoking and drinking habits.  Research suggests a five-year delay in the onset of Alzheimer’s would reduce the total Alzheimer’s population by almost half." You can read the entire article here: Smoke More, Drink More, Get ...
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"Pole Tax"

Posted April 22, 2008
This week I read in my AARP magazine that Florida state Rep. Rick Kriseman, (D) has proposed a bill that would include a $1 surcharge on clients of adult strip clubs and the state would use the revenue to increase monthly Medicaid personal needs allowances.  Currently in Florida its $35 a month and they are hoping to increase that to $70 a month.  Here in Illinois, I believe a nursing home resident on Medicaid only gets a $30 a month allowance (and supportive living residents on Medicaid get a $90 allowance.)  That gives the resident about $1 a day to ...
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Earth Day – but we missed another important day

Posted April 22, 2008
We all know today is Earth Day which is great.  We all need to do what we can to save this earth for the future.  Luckily Earth Day has some marketing behind it and its kind of the "in" thing to do lately - go green.  But I missed telling you about another important day - maybe because there is not as much marketing and hype behind it - and maybe because its scary - but it is what we need to do to "protect" what we really want in the future. April 19 was National Healthcare Decisions Day.  Just ...
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Share your story!

Posted April 6, 2008
Are you a caregiver with a story?  Well all of you have a story, but do you want to share it with others so they know they are not alone?  A friend of mine just started an awesome new website called Caregiverlist.com which will become an incredible national resource for all things caregiving.. in the meantime they are looking for real stories and real pictures, so if you want to share, please click through here to the real caregiver stories part of their site and spill!
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How Assisted Living and Senior Housing Are Regulated

Posted April 5, 2008
Are assisted living communities Government Regulated? While there are federal laws that impact assisted living, the primary oversight of assisted living occurs at the state level.  Each of the 50 states and DC regulate assisted living to some degree, but there is a great variation among them. Even in the most highly regulated states, the people developing the standards try not to create a product that is overwhelmed by rules and regulations.  Because then you would have a nursing home, and assisted living was conceived as an alternative to the institutional feel of many nursing homes. It is up to ...
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Consumers' Guide to Quality Aging Services

Posted April 4, 2008
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) contacted me regarding their consumer guide that they thought some of my readers may be interested in. Unlike other resources, the guide features a comprehensive list of questions that address various elements of quality, like staff training, resident/client involvement and governance. There are also follow-up questions people can consider after they’ve visited an organization. They think what’s best about the guide is that it helps people boil down a lot of information to ask themselves the most important question: “Can I trust this organization and the work they do ...
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New CEO for Senior Lifestyles Corp

Posted April 3, 2008
Senior Lifestyles runs a few of the properties that my company works with including the Breakers of Edgewater Beach and the Autumn Green properties.  So when I saw this article about a new young CEO I thought I would share...Full article from Crains here.
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Caring For Your Parents – A New PBS Documentary

Posted April 2, 2008
I wish I had heard about this sooner, as it is on tonight.  If you miss it, hopefully it will repeat as it sounds very interesting.  Here is a little bit about it from their website: The first 90-minutes of Caring for Your Parents underscores today's struggle to keep parents at home, tensions between siblings, and the complexity of shifting caregiver roles through an intimate look at five American families. In the end, the documentary contends successful caregiving requires one primary ingredient‒love. Immediately after the 90-minute broadcast, medical correspondent Dr. Art Ulene leads "A Conversation About Caring." This half-hour panel ...
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Study Links Belly Fat & Dementia Risk – Uh oh!

Posted April 1, 2008
Having a large gut in midlife increases the chance of dementia in old age, according to new research published Wednesday (March 26th) that suggests that abdominal fat is a bigger risk factor than family history. For those of you who didn't already know...this "body type" has already been linked to higher risk of developing diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Guess we need to get to the gym and watch what we eat - and now we have even more reasons too! The complete article can be viewed at:https://www.courant.com/news/nationworld/hc-belly0327.artmar27,0,4172715.story
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