American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging "Idea House"

Posted October 31, 2009
The 2009 AAHSA Annual Meeting in Expo this is year is in Chicago at the McCormick Place.  This year they are featuring a full scale, 2600 SQFT home which includes and demonstrates cutting edge design and technology from more than 25 companies! The Expo is not open to the public but the home is and I plan on stopping by to check it out, take some pictures and blog about the technology and design.  As a professional who works in the industry and as a student of interior design, I can't wait to see what they have in store as ...
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The economy and senior living

Posted October 30, 2009
Since I brought up the fact that I get asked a lot about how the economy is affecting the senior living industry, I felt I could probably talk more about it here as well. While as a whole, our business is doing great that might be because we offer a valuable service that is much needed and when you need it, you need it fast.  So as word gets out about the free referral service finding senior living that we offer, the better business is.  However, who knows if it could be even busier? We have received calls from people ...
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Some Communities now using "Deferred Entrance Fee" Plans due to the economy

Posted October 29, 2009
Recently, I have been asked a lot about how business is going in this market.  I respond by noting that people are still moving to retirement communities and assisted living.  Actually the more need driven the move (ie:dementia, safety causing a need for assisted living) the more likely there will be a quick move in. However in the area of independent living there has been some slowing.  Some of this is due to the fact that folks who want to make the move need to sell their house in order to afford to do so.  And as we know, homes ...
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Tackling the Issues of Alzheimer's and Tapping into Resources that can Help

Posted October 28, 2009
As the number of people facing Alzheimer's continues to sky rocket, it is vital that everyone, those dealing with the disease and those faced with caring for someone who has it, understand that there are resources and options available to help.  As a result of the progressive nature of Alzheimer's, it is important to comprehend the states of the disease and be informed of what may lie ahead.  Being prepared and ready to respond to the changing needs of the diagnosed individual is necessary to providing the best care possible. Join Mary O'Hara, social worker and education and outreach specialist ...
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Self care while caring for aging family members

Posted October 27, 2009
Last week I spoke with Claudine Struck a speaker and author of, How to Stay Sane When Life Isn't, series – consisting of 3 books, "Mind, Body, and Spirit." I am going to be a guest "expert" on her radio show on the Voice America Network which will appear on their Health & Wellness channel.  The program is entitled Stay Sane Now and it can be heard each week on Thursdays 11:00-12:00 AM PST; 2:00-3:00 PM EST.  (It will be re-broadcast 12 hours later from 11-12:00PM EST; plus be available from their archives.) Here's the link to the show https://www.modavox.com/voiceamerica/vshow.aspx?sid=1481.  ...
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Senior Living Choices Telesummit!

Posted October 25, 2009
Dale Carter from Transition Aging Parents is putting together a 4 part informational telesummit on all kinds of senior living options.  You can learn about aging in place (staying home), CCRC's, Assisted Living (from me!!!) and nursing homes.  I encourage any and all of my readers to sign up for free and to spread the word to friends or family who may also need this information!  The link to the sign up form is at the bottom of this blog post.----------------------------------------Do you have an aging parent? Are you a caregiver of an elderly person? Are you thinking ahead to your ...
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Yes we can! (Make finding senior living easy)

Posted October 20, 2009
Nancy just received this email from one of the families she is working with and I think it about sums it up:"I don't know how I would've done this without your assistance. You have been a Godsend in terms of saving me time and running around.  Even my mother is getting excited about the change now!  Things are definitely starting to fall into place.  Many thanks again."It feels good to know we are helping and we look forward to continuing to help as many families in the Chicago area that we can search for the best assisted living and retirement ...
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Caregiver videos

Posted October 5, 2009
Caregiverlist has just added new caregiver training videos, introduced by newsman Bill Kurtis and produced by the leading producer of training videos for the senior care industry, Terra Nova films: If you are a certified nursing aid, home health aide, companion caregiver or family caregiver, these videos will help you improve upon your current skills and learn about the latest approaches for successful care giving.
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Register Now for Senior Spelling Bee Oct 15th – Cash prizes!

Posted October 4, 2009
One of our partners, Barton Senior Residences of Zion, is hosting a Spelling Bee for Seniors 65+  Free registration is now open and cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners.  ($250 for first prize!!) An active mind is key to maintaining good health.  So why not have a spelling bee?  Plus most people above the age of 30 remembers a life before the invention of spell check.  Apparently some people actually know how to spell without a computer. When:  Thursday, Oct 15th 10 am Where:  Barton Senior Residences of Zion, 3500 Sheridan Road, Zion IL ...
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