Lessons learned from a week at a retirement community

Posted December 30, 2008
Well the obvious one is that I can't wait to retire, but since I have quite a few years before that happens I thought I would share some of my observations. I went to visit my parents (both in their early 60's) who have recently relocated from cold, snowy, dreary Buffalo NY, to what I call a "happy place."  After much research on their part they chose to move to "The Villages" in Florida.  For those of you who are not familiar, this place has everything and has over 70,000 residents.  Its absolutely beautiful and I got to swim outside ...
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Naperville man celebrates 101st birthday at Sunrise

Posted December 17, 2008
Sunrise is one of my clients, so I was excited to read this story online about a great guy with an even greater attitude about life (at 101!) than many of us.  Check out the article on the Naperville Sun Website.
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Great online article by a daughter whose mom has decided to make the move

Posted December 16, 2008
I just loved this article when I read it because it describes what happens a lot when myself or one of the other advisers from Senior Living Experts helps a family.  Moving to assisted living is a difficult, non voluntary, choice to have to make.  The fact that her mom is seeing the positives (safety, nearness to daughter, etc.) instead of focusing on all the negatives of leaving her home is what I love most about this honest story. Cindy's article: Change is harder when it's involuntary.
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National costs for Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

Posted December 15, 2008
According to a survey conducted by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the national average rate for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $191 daily ($69,715 annually.) The average cost for a private nursing home room nationwide is $212 daily. The national average for assisted-living care, the survey found, is $3,031 monthly (or $36,372 annually.) This represents a 2.1 percent increase from last year. The lowest average cost for nursing home care was found in Louisiana, where the cost of a private nursing home room averaged $132 and a semi-private room averaged $127. The state with the highest average ...
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Be a Santa to a Senior!

Posted December 3, 2008
Santa Needs YOU!  Reach out to a Senior this Holiday Season! Home Instead Senior Care, the world's largest provider of non-medical caregiving services, in cooperation with Bridgeview Bank, is sponsoring a community outreach program called, Be a Santa to a Senior.  The program is designed to provide gifts and bring smiles to lonely and forgotten seniors.  Through this program, thousands of gifts will donated and distributed to seniors in need in the Chicagoland area. We've partnered with hospitals, nursing homes, senior living communities and senior service organizations to gather names of seniors who would not have much of a holiday ...
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Communicating with Parents about difficult topics

Posted December 1, 2008
Join the folks at Belmont Village in Oak Park for an informative presentation and go to your holiday table prepared to talk to your family about the challenges ahead for aging loved ones. They will explore issues of healthcare, personal care, housing and more, and will help you to take the driver’s seat as an enriched and empowered care manager. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts & coffee will be served at this event. Seating is limited, please call (708) 848-7200 to RSVP. Thursday, December 4, 2008 5:30 p.m. - Holiday Reception 6:15 p.m. - Presentation Belmont Village assisted living 1035 Madison ...
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