Congress Passes National Alzheimer’s Project Act

Posted December 21, 2010
  Congress on Wednesday (12/16/10) passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (N.A.P.A.), which would create the National Alzheimer’s Project for the coordination of government efforts in preventing and treating the disease, along with establishing a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer's. President Obama is expected to sign off on the law. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America called the law’s passage a “victory both for families struggling with this disease each day and for organizations striving to make a difference.” “The disease currently afflicts more than five million Americans, and that number is likely to double in the coming years,” said Kathleen ...
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Early Alzheimer’s Detection, but When to Tell the Patient? –

Posted December 20, 2010
One doctor after another dismissed her complaints. Until recently, since she was, at age 62, functioning well and having no trouble taking care of herself, that might have been the end of her quest for an explanation. via Interesting article about those who have been studying the genes and markers that may indicate if one will develop Alzheimer's and the moral dilemma it brings up... The article is on NY Times, you can click the link to read the whole article. If you are not already a subscriber you can now do so for free!
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The Cold Weather and Chicago Seniors

Posted December 9, 2010
I hate being cold.  Everyone who knows me knows that.  In fact, I have an embarrassing amount of coats and gloves...I am very lucky that way.  Unfortunately many seniors in the Chicago area are not so lucky.  Here is some information we could all use if we know any seniors who may be suffering in this cold weather we are having. Keep Warm and Safe This Winter Season Bitter cold temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they pose a serious threat to health and safety. The City of Chicago has many services available to help residents weather the winter months. ...
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Assisted Living Federation of America – 2011 ALFA Hero Awards Program – nominations accepted now!

Posted December 3, 2010
Heroes are found in senior living communities across the country. They are the executive directors, staff members, nurses, frontline caregivers, and volunteers who do more, give more, and personify the spirit of excellence in senior living care. Everyone knows at least one hero — someone in senior living who has shown extraordinary courage and leadership — someone who has risen above his or her daily duties to improve the quality of life for residents. To nominate a hero you know visit ALFA's site at the link below! via
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Caring for Seniors (and Caregivers!) During Flu Season –

Posted December 2, 2010
Flu vaccinations are in plentiful supply this year. Anyone caring for a senior should get a seasonal flu shot and make sure the senior gets immunized too. Keep in mind there is more than one strain of the flu virus. The influenza vaccine is updated every year to include current viruses. The Center for Disease Control shares helpful tips for managing caregiving during the flu season. via I just got over a nasty cold. It wasn't the flu but it certainly set me back. Caregivers can't afford to get sick and of course, seniors are at risk, so I ...
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