AARP: Workplace Discrimination Against Caregivers on the Rise

Posted August 31, 2012
We've featured an article on this in the past and would love to know what has been the experience of our readers with this issue. Workplace Discrimination Against Caregivers on the Rise Caring for an older loved one is the 'new normal' by: AARP | August 30, 2012 As the U.S. population ages, more workers are juggling the demands of their jobs with the demands of caring for an older adult. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Could your LTC community use an extreme makeover?

Posted August 30, 2012
Do you know of a LTC community that needs some TLC?  Enter it for a makeover! Could your LTC community use an extreme makeover? by Patricia Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief With an abundance of aging senior housing stock on the market, including skilled nursing facilities dating back to the 1970s or earlier, I bet many of you are nodding your heads in response to the question I posed.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE
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Local Free Event: Autumn Open House, Sept. 6th.

Posted August 29, 2012
The Center for Life and Learning sounds like a great way to make new friends!  I hope you check out their Open House.   Come learn more about creative and intellectual challenges for adults 60 years and more... 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon  Fourth Presbyterian Church, directly across from the Hancock Tower No RSVP necessary Questions? Call 312-981-3387 SOURCE
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New Old Age: Drawbacks to Banking Accounts for Seniors

Posted August 28, 2012
Do any of your loved ones have a banking account set up specifically for seniors?  New Old Age shares some key information as to why they may not be worth it. By PAULA SPAN Caveat check writer. The Pew Charitable Trust, as part of a project titled “Still Risky: An Update on the Safety and Transparency of Checking Accounts,” has looked into so-called senior checking accounts at four of the largest United States banks and one large credit union.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Boomers grapple with new retirement realities

Posted August 27, 2012
From the Chicago Tribune...  How confident to do you feel about your retirement opportunity? Boomers grapple with new retirement realities Cleaned out by recession, facing uncertain future on entitlements, more resigned to working later into golden years By Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune reporter August 24, 2012 A decade ago, Christopher Thornton, a high-level recruitment specialist, thought he would retire in 2012. He envisioned traveling, volunteering, maybe working part time just for fun.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Tell CMS to change its policies about hospital stays!

Posted August 24, 2012
Has anyone heard about this "Observation Status?"  I hadn't, but after reading the content below, I agree this loophole should not exist.  My dear friend, who is currently a law student at DuPaul specializing in Elder Law, sent this to me.   I'm so glad she did and I urge you to check this out & take a stand! When is a hospital stay not a hospital stay? When it's observation status! Tell CMS to change its policies about hospital stays! Increasingly, Medicare beneficiaries who stay at the hospital for one or more days are placed on observation (outpatient) status. This may ...
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Think Tank Ranks 10 Best Cities for Aging in Place

Posted August 23, 2012
Even though Chicago did not make the list, I think this is still worth sharing.  We personally think Chicago is a great city for aging, but at the bottom, if you click to view their report, they did a wonderful job of compiling data to back up their list.  If anything, it's interesting to see why these cities come out on top & where Chicago can improve. Written by Alyssa Gerace | July 31, 2012 Think the best cities for aging in place are in Arizona and Florida? Think again. Those two states didn’t even make it onto two lists ranking the top cities best prepared ...
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New Ad Campaign Portrays Caregivers’ Call for Help

Posted August 22, 2012
As a Caregiver, are you exhauted, frustrated and a little lost too?  An AARP article from last week shows you're not alone. Will raise awareness, point families to helpful resources from: The Associated Press | August 15, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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State Driving Laws in Illinois

Posted August 21, 2012
 With the start of a new season coming up, I think it's a good time to look at the driving laws specific to older drivers.  Here's is what I found for IL on Caring.com: Illinois Specific rules for older drivers Drivers 69 to 80 must renever their license every 4 years; drivers 80 to 86 must renew every 2 years. Drivers 87 or older must renew their license annually. For those 74 and older, no renewal by mail. Those renewing their license aged 75 and older must pass a road test.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE   
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Tips For Talking To A Senior About Housing

Posted August 20, 2012
From the Sunrise Senior Living Blog: By Tim Watt on August 2, 2012 Most family caregivers do not look forward to the conversation they will have about senior housing with a loved one. The topic of where the senior will live when they can no longer care for themselves can be difficult to broach, but it is necessary for the senior to have some say in the decision...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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