How has the economy affected assisted living sales in the Chicago area?

Posted January 29, 2009
Many people have asked me how business is and if any of what is going on with the economy is effecting it.The answer is yes and no.  When we are dealing with a relatively independent senior who no longer wants to care for their home, make meals etc and is interested in all that independent living has to offer - I would have to say yes.  For many of them, they are wanting to wait until their home sells.  This is normal, but in these times we have to wait A LOT longer for the home to sell.  Many times ...
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Words of Wisdom

Posted January 28, 2009
We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.- Will Rogers
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Local Senior Wins Trip to Inauguration

Posted January 19, 2009
Brookdale Senior Living, one of the companies Senior Living Experts works with sponsored a event called "Brookdale's Experiences of a Lifetime Program."  Residents were given the opportunity to submit a dream or experience they would like to have fulfilled.Alfred Bouey, a resident at the Holley Court Terrace in Oak Park won the experience of attending the Inauguration of the first African American president in the history of the U.S.Mr. Bouey remembers growing up in the south where everything was segregated.  He can recall the days of slavery and this grandparents who were whipped and beaten had the scars to prove ...
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How to Make Sure Your Parents Are Being Treated Right at Their Nursing Home

Posted January 15, 2009
It can be difficult to accept that one's parents need assisted living care in order to properly get through the day. While enrolling a parent in a nursing home may be a necessary step in the process, it's also important to ensure that he or she is receiving proper care. Selecting the proper care institution and setting up the right structure for care will ensure that the best possible living conditions for one's parent(s) in a nursing home.The first step to ensure proper Nursing Home treatment is to choose the right health care provider in the first place. By taking ...
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Assisted Living 101

Posted January 12, 2009
I will be giving a presentation and the brand new (and very swanky) The Clare at Water Tower on Tuesday evening, February 4th.  I will be talking about what to look for if you are considering assisted living and some tips for evaluating them.  We will also be joined by and expert in move management who can help explain downsizing and a real estate agent who will provide tips on selling your home. Light food and drink will be served. 2/04/09 6 PM The Clare at Water Tower 55 E. Pearson Street Chicago, IL 60611 R.S.V.P. by calling (312) 951-5690
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Center for Life and Learning Open House

Posted January 5, 2009
The Chicago Lights Center for Life and Learning (CLL) is hosting a Winter Open HouseJan 26, 2009 from 4:00-6:30 pm Loyola University Museum of Art 820 N. Michigan AveRSVP by Jan 16th by calling Patricia at 312-981-3387Each year the CLL features a wide array of dynamic academic, arts, current events, and exercise and fitness courses, in addition to our minicourses, excursions, "For Men Only" programs, and social gatherings. CLL programming gives all men and women 60 and more an opportunity to try something new in the New Year. From T'ai Chi Chuan and Computer Skills to an exploration of China ...
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Chicago Department of Senior Services 2009 Caregiver Support Group Schedule

Posted January 4, 2009
These caregiver support groups meet throughout the city, but there is also a telephonic support group available twice a month so caregivers can call in from home. Free respite is available through the Department of Senior Services. Northeast Regional Center 2109 W. Lawrence 4th Wednesday of each month 10:00 am Northwest Regional Center 3160 N. Milwaukee 3rd Monday of each month 10:30 am Central West Regional Center 2102 W. Ogden 2nd Tuesday of each month 1:00 pm Southeast Regional Center 1767 E. 79th St. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 1:00 Southwest Regional Center 6117 S. Kedzie 1st Saturday ...
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What to look for in Long Term Care Facilities

Posted January 3, 2009
When the time comes to look for long-term care facilities for your loved ones, there are many different things that you may be looking for.  It is not an easy decision; not all care facilities are created equal.  If you have decided that the next step for your loved ones involves long-term care, there are a few things you need to look for before you make your decision.  Take a look at the following considerations and see if your choices measure up.LocationMany times, this consideration is at the top of the list.  Families don’t want to be separated by too ...
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Another New Year

Posted January 2, 2009
Since the new year fell at the end of the week, it has allowed me some extra time to catch up and to try to prepare for another wonderful year of working with seniors. My goal for the blog is to try to find as many positive stories I can about seniors & assisted living.  I signed up for some Google alerts which only verify that good news does not make the news.  I keep seeing articles about some of the bad things that can happen, but not often enough of the good things. So look forward to some feel ...
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