If this doesn’t scare ya, I don’t know what will..

Posted July 30, 2008
I can't remember someones name.  I lost my keys.  Where are my glasses? According to a new study, 1 million older people slip from normal memory to mild impairment, much more than previously thought.  (That number does not include the 1/2 million that will be diagnosed with full blown dementia a year) For an article about this study in the Chicago Sun Times click here.
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New(?) Approach to caring for Azheimer's patients?

Posted July 29, 2008
Yesterday there was an article in the Chicago Tribune (front page!!) about a study that suggests a new approach to caring for Alzheimer's patients.  I think the only people this was news to were the ones who have never cared for or worked with people with the disease.  While I am sure there are still a lot of nursing homes out there that don't have the time or money to train their staff - but they should know to never speak to a patient as if they were a child.  Regardless, the article did interview some people that I know ...
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Free Art Exhibit July 26-Aug 3

Posted July 29, 2008
Portraits from the Mind: The Works of William Utermohlen, 1955-2000 July 26 – August 3, 2008Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms78 E. Washington St., ChicagoFree  !!! Held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, this dramatic and powerful art exhibit chronicles an artist’s life and his journey before and after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. "Portraits From the Mind" will be the largest, most comprehensive retrospective of the work of William Utermohlen to date, featuring pieces from 1955 to 2000. The exhibit includes a series of self-portraits, which poignantly document the course of his disease from his ...
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What is Assisted Living?

Posted July 22, 2008
While researching the average age of people living in assisted living I came across this definition on the National Center for assisted livings Website and thought I would share it here. Assisted living provides relatively independent seniors with assistance and limited health care services in a home-like atmosphere. Assisted living services include 24-hour protective oversight, food, shelter, and a range of services that promote the quality of life of the  individual. The philosophy of assisted living emphasizes the right of the individual to choose the setting for care and services. Assisted living customers share the risks and responsibilities for their ...
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Just made the move to the "dementia" unit in assisted living

Posted July 20, 2008
Comments from someone who JUST moved his wife after being her primary caregiver for years... The decision was extremely difficult and there were many tears and much second guessing.  Here is the report 5 days later:  (Names changed of course!) Some good news to tell you about Catherine. She is adjusting to her new home wonderfully !! She still has her bad moments, but her aides tell me that she is happy most of the time. She seems to be the youngest person in her unit. I know that she is the most physically able. Most of them are in ...
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Another Volunteer Opportunity

Posted July 18, 2008
Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly  In Chicago, there are thousands of low-income seniors over the age of 65 who live alone. H.O.M.E. is a direct service, non-profit organization committed to assisting these older adults with staying independent and self-sufficient in their own living environments for as long as possible. Throughout the year H.O.M.E. needs volunteers for various seasonal projects, which include: painting seniors homes, weatherizing for the winter, spring cleaning, holiday parties, and gardening. Other individual projects include: friendly visiting and preparing meals at our senior buildings. For more info visit their website using the link above or ...
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Unique Volunteer Opportunity with Seniors

Posted July 16, 2008
"InnerViews" is a series of short films being created at Lieberman Geriatric Centre in Skokie to document the life stories of their residents. Each of these films will chronicle the life of a resident from infancy to childhood to adulthood and through his or her senior years. Besides creating a priceless account of the individual's life for their family, "InnerViews" is an educational healthcare tool. Volunteers are needed to help film these stories. It provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to learn new skills such as, interviewing and film making, as well as a chance to have a meaningful experience ...
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Building Better Bones

Posted July 14, 2008
The Kenwood of Lakeview is hosting an event on July 24th called:  "Building Better Bones". It is for ages 50+. It is an Osteoporosis Education Seminar and FREE BONE DENSITY SCREENING!!!! This free event begins at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday July 24th. The event starts with a 45 minute presentation on building better bones and then a FREE bone density screening with instant results and health recommendations. The Kenwood will also be providing a free buffet lunch and tours. Counsel for Jewish Elderly - Senior Life is co-sponsoring the event. There is a maximum attendance of 35 people. All must ...
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Family Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease Needed for Study

Posted July 10, 2008
Investigators in the College of Nursing at Rush University Medical Center are looking for family caregivers for a new research study.  This study will test the effectiveness of an 18-month multi-component health promotion intervention with family caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.  Study participants will engage in six interviews and twenty intervention contacts.  All contacts will be arranged at the caregiver's convenience and conducted in their home or by telephone.  No visits to Rush University Medical Center are required for this study.  If you know of caregivers who might be interested in this study, please have them contact Dr. Caryn ...
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Memory Walk Page is now live and accepting donations!

Posted July 1, 2008
The Senior Living Experts Memory Walk page is now up!  I have been so busy I have not had a chance to even log on. This is my sixth walk and my third as the co-chair.  It has been so much fun to help organize this and see it get bigger and bigger every year.  This year we hope to hit (Dr. Evil voice) One Million Dollars!  The best part is that the money raised goes to support local CAREGIVERS who are dealing with the disease every single day. My heart goes out to those with the disease but especially ...
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