Little Brothers 50th Anniversary Benefit

Posted April 30, 2009
In honor of half a century of relieving loneliness and isolation among Chicago’s elder population Little Brothers are throwing an intergenerational bash at Rockit Bar & Grill THIS Saturday, May 2 from 1-4 p.m. There will be food, drink and games from generations past and present (think 80 year-olds playing Wii and 20-somethings playing checkers). cost: $35 per person Saturday, May 2, 2009 1:00 - 4:00 pm Rockit Bar and Grill 22 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago (btwn State & Dearborn) for more information just click here to go to Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly's website. Or you can call ...
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What to do when you get the call that your parent is sick?

Posted April 29, 2009
On May 5th at 1 pm (central time)  Dale Carter will be telling her story from the moment she got the emergency call about my mother through her 10 day visit there.  She wants people to hear it because it is a positive story and her mother found a new life in a retirement community 5 miles from her original home.  I referenced Dales story in one of my previous blog posts because I liked it so muchThe show is on Blog Talk Radio and will be hosted by Viki Kind.  There will also be a recording of Viki's interview ...
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1000 Years of Wisdom

Posted April 24, 2009
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit a very special memory care unit.  The program focuses on women in the early to mid stages of dementia. The day is filled with purposeful programs that are especially meaningful to women.The ladies made breakfast and invited some friends from the community in to share.  There was a lovely host, Dottie who made sure you were happy and not without food and drink.  The ladies peeled a lot of bags of oranges so we could enjoy some fresh squeezed juice in addition the the ham&cheese and chocolate croissants that they made.  I really ...
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Pet Support for Seniors

Posted April 21, 2009
Pet Support for Seniors (PSS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Chicago dedicated to helping low-income seniors keep and care for their companion animals.  Currently, PSS has partnered with several social service agencies in and around the Chicago area to distribute pet food to the seniors they serve.  They are providing food for cats, dogs and birds. With your help, they can expand our work to other agencies and provide grooming and veterinary services in the future. Pet Support for Seniors is 100% volunteer run and supported by generous donors who share a dedication to their mission. All financial donations assist our program in covering overhead costs, purchasing ...
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Chicago area to add new supportive living facilities

Posted April 20, 2009
Article in Sunday's Chicago Tribune about one of our partners, Pathway Senior Living!Several new, affordable assisted-living buildings are set to open in the Chicago area as Illinois expands its program to provide a low-cost alternative to nursing-home care. That's good news for seniors who need some help but who don't need round-the-clock supervision.  Click for the rest of the article.
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What is a Geriatric Care manager and why would you need one?

Posted April 20, 2009
In February I had a chance to tour a local assisted living community with Marianne for one of her clients.  Marianne Kwiatkowski, MSN, APRN-BC, GNP is Vice President and Care Consultant for MDM Care Management in Chicago.I had a chance to sit down after our tour and ask her why a family might need to hire a geriatric care manager.
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In Remembrance

Posted April 16, 2009
I know this has nothing to do with senior living, but I am proud to be a Hokie from Virginia Tech.
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Assisted living demand limits discounting – but incentives still exist

Posted April 15, 2009
Timely article I found.  Having some issues with this in our business.  Some communities we work with are able to offer a bunch of move in incentives because of the amount of people they currently have living there.  Some of the communities we work with are doing better than they were at the same time last year.  Our business has been up for 09 so I can understand.  These properties are less willing to "negotiate" or even give an incentive that they were able to offer last year.So while I still think its good to ask what they can do ...
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Transition Aging Parents Blog

Posted April 14, 2009
I was so excited to stumble upon this blog today.  It talks about one daughters experience with transitioning her mother into her home of 30 years to a retirement community.  The changes that she talks about with her mother are the changes we often see first hand.  I wanted to share one post in particular that I really enjoyed.It is a list of the top 10 changes she has seen in her mother since her move to the retirement community.  Awesome!
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15th Annual Alzheimer’s Day at Northwestern

Posted April 14, 2009
Alzheimer Day showcases Alzheimer’s disease research at Northwestern, with nearly 50 poster presentations by Northwestern researchers in basic, clinical, and social sciences. An internationally renowned expert in Alzheimer’s disease research and treatment will open the day. Attendees will have the opportunity during lunch to meet the poster presenters and discuss the latest in Alzheimer’s research and treatment. At day’s end a panel of clinicians will offer concluding remarks and take questions in a town hall–style meeting. Friday, May 8th Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion 251 East Huron Street Third-Floor Conference Center AGENDA 11:30 - 1:00 PM Keynote Address "Alzheimer's Disease ...
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