Free 5 part e-course

Posted May 27, 2009
Dale Carter from Transition Aging Parents blog has recently come up with a great 5 part e-course, "Five essential strategies to help your aging parent face change."I can't think of anyone who has (or will have) and elderly parent(s) that would not benefit from it.  The course comes in 5 separate emails spread out every few days so that you can read them on your time.  I found it to be well written and helpful.  If you have never done this before, you certainly should get some help from someone who has been there, done that...The link to her website ...
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Help for limited English speaking elderly in Chicago

Posted May 26, 2009
Is there a senior in your family that speaks very little to no English?  Are you concerned that they may need help now or in the future?  Most families would like someone who not only can communicate with them and speak their language, but also is familiar with their customs.There is an organization in Chicago that can help.  C.L.E.S.E or Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly.  Their mission is "to improve the lives of limited-English-speaking elderly by providing advocacy, leadership & education.As we know there are services and programs provided through various agency's on aging to help our elderly.  However, ...
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Why Hire a Senior Move Manager?

Posted May 22, 2009
We are often unaware of how attached we become to our homes—and their contents—until it’s time to move. This can be especially true for those who have been living in their current homes for the past 30 or 40 years and must suddenly sort through a lifetime of possessions in just a few weeks. In these cases, moving is not just a physical process, but an emotional one as well. Because of the emotional and physical aspects inherent in preparing for a move, it can be helpful to work with a neutral third party such as a Senior Move Manager. ...
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Free Laughter Yoga "workouts"

Posted May 20, 2009
Laughter is the best medicine.  Weinberg Community for Senior Living is offering a 4 week series starting June 1 with Caryl Derenfeld, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.  I know Caryl and she does a great work with seniors and story telling in addition to this! Give your mind and body a blissful workout that improves overall wellbeing by increasing oxygen intake and endorphin levels.  No pretzel positions, this concentrates on breathing and laughing while sitting, standing & moving.  Give it a try! Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 am starting June 1 until June 22. Where: Weinberg Community for Senior Living, 1551 ...
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The Caring for an Aging America Act

Posted May 20, 2009
The United States is facing an immediate and growing crisis in providing care for our aging population, which is projected to almost double from 37 million today to nearly 72 million by 2030. Health care providers with the necessary training to give older Americans the best possible care, are in critically short supply. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the Caring for An Aging America Act. This legislation attempts to address the growing nationwide shortage of health care professionals and direct-care workers needed to meet the health care needs of older adults. 7,128 U.S. physicians are ...
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Ten tips for a smooth transition to assisted living before the move

Posted May 18, 2009
It is very important to involve the senior in the selection if possible. Obviously, if the senior has later stages of dementia this may not be possible.  Though I had an person who was diagnosed and she picked where she wanted to live while she could as she accepted the fact that later on someone else would have to make that decision for her.  It helped everyone and she eventually did move there. Go through some of the "what if's" and keep the end goal in mind. For example:  "What if you fall when you are home alone and you ...
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What is a reverse mortgage?

Posted May 16, 2009
I recently had a chance to sit down with my friend Mark Schmidt who is a Reverse Mortage Specialist with Bank of America.  Reverse mortages can be both confusing and overwhelming.  I have asked him to simplfy it will a basic explanation.
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Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

Posted May 15, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. on CAN TV21Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly present social neuroscientist, Dr. John T. Cacioppo, discussing the affects of prolonged social isolation which can be as harmful to one's health as smoking or obesity.
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Chicago Area Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee

Posted May 15, 2009
The Chicago Area Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee contest will be held on Wednesday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m., at the Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago. Winners will advance to the regional semi-finals and the state finals will be held at the Illinois State Fair on Senior Day, Monday, Aug. 17. To participate, call 773/508-1053, by May 15 to reserve your place. The Chicago area event is sponsored by CJE SeniorLife, in partnership with the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and the Illinois Department on Aging.     Anyone 50 years of age or older is eligible ...
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National Family Caregivers Association needs your help TODAY.

Posted May 13, 2009
Got this email, and thought I should share it:We really need your help TODAY.  Please be sure that all of you call your senators today and most importantly, spread the word through your list serves, emails, Facebook, Linkedin, twitters - anything you do to communicate with people.  Too often legislators say ... we just never heard from people about whatever the issue might be at the time.  This time, let our senators hear from everyone loud and clear that we want them to support long-term services and supports in healthcare reform.In conjunction with other groups, the National Family Caregivers Association ...
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