Proposed Changes to Medicaid Eligibility

Posted August 30, 2010
This is a summary of the Proposed Changes to Medicaid Eligibility - by Janna Dutton, of Dutton & Casey, P.C. a firm that specializes in Elderlaw. I thought it was important to share with my readers as I get many questions about Medicaid that I am not qualified to answer.  So here is some general information and remember to always consult an attorney regarding this! The Illinois Department of Health and Family Services has released a series of proposed regulations which it will be publishing in the Illinois Register on August 13, 2010.  These regulations, in part, implement the federal ...
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New Educational DVD on Understanding Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's Safety

Posted August 29, 2010
Understanding Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's and Safety is a two-program DVD packed with 50 minutes of practical advice for caregivers and people with dementia. This DVD was developed under the guidance of Alzheimer's Association experts and features tips from caregivers and people with dementia. One DVD gives you two educational programs: "Understanding Alzheimer's: An Introductory Guide" provides guidelines on diagnosis and treatment, as well as tips for everyday life with dementia. Topics covered in detail are: Getting a Diagnosis, What to Expect and How to Cope."Alzheimer's and Safety: A Guide to Planning and Preparation" outlines safety issues and helps with planning ...
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Chicago Memory Walk Fun Fundraiser – "Memory Rock" at Joes on Weed Street

Posted August 27, 2010
The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter will be rockin at the annual Memory Rock concert on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Joe's Sports Bar from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Co-chair Steven Monroe had this to say about this great event, “Memory Rock is in its fourth year and has become the annual end of summer event. This event really offers young adults an inexpensive way to help fight a disease that has affected their families, grandparents and parents. Attendance has increased each year - in no small part because it’s a great venue to hear Dr. Bombay (whose ...
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Caregivers guides to Hospice and Palliative Care

Posted August 26, 2010
Just found out about this important resource and thought I would share it with you! United Hospital Fund's Next Step in Care has published a Family Caregiver's Guide to Hospice and Palliative Care This guide answers a number of important questions when making the decision to transition to hospice or palliative care. It also provides a nice side-by-side comparison of Hospice vs.. Palliative care.  It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. To view the guide in English, visit: For all other languages, visit:
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Turning the Tables: Care for the Caregiver

Posted August 25, 2010
Covenant Home of Chicago, Swedish Covenant Hospital and Galter LifeCenter, are presenting an evening of helpful information and tips on the joys and challenges of caregiving for a loved one. Topics include:-  Self help tips-  Guided imagery and other stress relievers-  The impact of caregiving-  Tools to use with your loved one-  Massage demonstrations-  Respite care options and other available programsWhere?Covenant Home of Chicago: 2720 W Foster Avenue Chicago, IL 60625Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.Please RSVP to (773) 506-6900If anyone else knows of some great resources/tips for caregivers like this in the area, please let us know.  I ...
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Free Comfort Care Guide from the Alzheimer’s Assocation

Posted August 16, 2010
The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased offer this free online resource, Encouraging Comfort Care: A Guide for Families of People with Dementia Living in Care Facilities. This 21-page booklet provides useful information to families and long-term care facilities personnel about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, particularly care issues related to the late and final stages. For families, this guide will enable them to make informed choices about a variety of medical decisions they may face on behalf of loved ones with dementia living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other types of care facilities. It will also equip ...
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Assisted living communities quickly growing in popularity with seniors – The Herald Dispatch

Posted August 13, 2010
This is a great article I found online. I love this summary of the survey: "A resounding majority believed they are now better off. Most said they would make the same choice again, and practically everyone would recommend it to their friends." AGREED!!Here is the link to the article!
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The Risks of Retirement Communities

Posted August 9, 2010
Increasing numbers of older Americans are seeking out the security and comfort of a continuing-care retirement community. But a new report from the federal Government Accountability Office warns that such assurances often come at a steep price and "considerable risk." via Great informative article from the Wall Street Journal about Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC's). A must read for anyone considering this option instead of a pure rental situation. You need to look at this not just as senior living, but as a financial investment. We work with quite a few great CCRC's here in the Chicagoland area and ...
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