Free Local Event: Networking for Caregivers: April 22nd

Posted February 28, 2013
Here's an event I saw in the Chicago Tribune that would be a great resource for Caregivers to take advantage of! Are you a caregiver?  To Expand your Network Attend...  A Systematic Approach to Building Your Caregiver Network The Northern Suburbs’ First Annual Family Caregiver Conference Monday, April 22, 2013 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m Hosted by Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, il    Come together with other family caregivers for support and the opportunity to gather valuable information and resources to assist you in building your own caregiver network. In addition to six presentations, participants will have access to twenty ...
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Senior Housing News: Technology Round-Up for Seniors

Posted February 27, 2013
Do any of these sound cool to you? Senior Care Technology Round-Up: Mobile Apps, “Exergaming” & More Written by Jason Oliva  In this week’s round-up, tech companies put forth their latest innovations in senior care. From personal robots and virtual exercising, to remote-monitoring technology that tracks vitality and detects injuries, companies are developing new tools to help seniors age in place.    To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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New Old Age: Family Relationships

Posted February 26, 2013
Here's a follow up I wanted to share from a recent New Old Age feature on our blog...  A therapist shares insight on how he helped others work through their pain in losing a loved one.  For Traumatized Caregivers, Therapy Helps By JUDITH GRAHAMI recently wrote about caregivers who experienced symptoms of traumatic-like stress, and readers responded with heart-rending stories. Many described being haunted by distress long after a relative died.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Mayo Clinic: Aging parents: 7 warning signs of health problems

Posted February 25, 2013
Accepting your parents are aging is not easy and I can image it has got to be much more difficult for them to accept.  Thankfully, the Mayo Clinic provides some key warning signs that they need more looking after now.  Read these over and if you find yourself relating, it's time to get serious about Caregiving -- they need you. Photo by Chalmers Butterfield Concerned about your aging parents' health? Use this guide to gauge how your aging parents are doing — and what to do if they need help. By Mayo Clinic staff As your parents get older, how ...
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AARP: Take Care Blog

Posted February 22, 2013
Here's hoping this article gives Caregivers the added confidence to ask for help when they need it. And we all know, everyone needs a little help from time to time.  Have a great weekend! 4 Effective Ways to Ask for Help and Get It by Sally Abrahms Why is it so hard for family caregivers to ask friends and family for help? They may be in the throes of a crisis or bone-weary, but there’s something about that independent, I-can-do-it-myself American way that gets in our way. Caregivers, it’s OK — and wise — to let go. I can’t say it enough: You don’t, ...
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Senior Housing News: Helping Seniors live healthier

Posted February 21, 2013
Here's an article from Senior Housing News highlighting Illinois at the forefront of implementing a plan for healthier living for seniors in assisted living communities! Assisted Living Operator Targets Senior Diets in USDA Pilot Program Written by Jason Oliva An assisted living operator is putting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the test by implementing its senior dietary and wellness program in three of the communities it manages.    To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Young Adult Caregivers

Posted February 20, 2013
Are you a younger Caregiver?  I wanted the share this Chicago Tribune article on the expierence of one young woman who made the decision to be closer to home to help out.  It also provides tips to help you balance being young & caregiving.   Young caregivers have outlets to aid the cause January 25, 2013|Carolyn Bigda When Leah Drew started a mater's degree in French in 2005, she was 22. But that summer, she, along with her younger sister and father, received dreaded news: her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and would eventually need round-the-clock care.   To ...
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Book Feature: The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers.

Posted February 19, 2013
A book suggested by New Old Age to help ease the separation for Caregivers when a loved one is lost.  Buy it on Amazon for $10.17 For Some Caregivers, the Trauma Lingers By JUDITH GRAHAM Recently, I spoke at length to a physician who seems to have suffered a form of post-traumatic stress after her mother’s final illness. There is little research on this topic, which suggests that it is overlooked or discounted. But several experts acknowledge that psychological trauma of this sort does exist.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Mayo Clinic: Alzheimer's genes: Are you at risk?

Posted February 18, 2013
Are you concerned with the possible onset of Alzheimer's later in life?  I am. Several genes have been associated with Alzheimer's disease, but more research is needed. By Mayo Clinic staff Alzheimer's genes are genes that make you more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Genes control the function of every cell in your body. Some genes determine basic characteristics, such as the color of your eyes and hair. Other genes can make you more likely to develop certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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AARP: Caregiving

Posted February 15, 2013
Here's an article to help those who do not have the advantage of a spouse or siblings during a particularily trying time: Caregiving.  Do any of our readers take on this challenge alone?  We'd love to hear what you have found to be helpful? Help for Solo Caregivers If you're taking care of a loved one on your own, here's everything you need to know by Margery D. Rosen, AARP The first piece of advice every new caregiver hears is "Be sure to get help." But what if you don't have anyone in your family you can call on? What if you don't ...
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