Ten Things To Look For When Visiting Aging Relatives Over The Holidays

Posted November 25, 2006
Going home for the holidays is a great time to not only catch up with our elderly relatives but a great opportunity to really observe what is going on at home on a daily basis. Many of us are busy in our daily lives and don’t have the time to do more than talk on the phone or drop by for a moment. It’s usually right after a big family holiday like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter when I get the most calls. Children have noticed things about their parents (or their house) that indicate that more care is needed. Here ...
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Lets Give Thanks To Our Grandparents

Posted November 23, 2006
Thanksgiving is one of those family holidays that always reminds me think of my grandmother.   For those of you who will have the honor of seeing one or more of your grandparents today – make it a point to spend a little extra time with them instead of watching football.  You will cherish those times and those conversations.  Ask them questions about their past.  Ask them how they used to celebrate Thanksgiving. What is their favorite Thanksgiving memory?  Do they have any special recipes that should be written down now? The first Thanksgiving after my grandmother died was very difficult.  ...
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Got Furniture? Want to donate to a worthy “senior” cause?

Posted November 22, 2006
One of the neatest organizations I have run across in Chicago has to be Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) They provide a number of services for low income, isolated elderly in Chicago.  Many times, they are forced to move because they cannot keep up with their rent.  Or they have a fall, end up in a nursing home for a while and then lose their apartment because they have not been able to pay for it while they were getting rehab.  Then these normally independent seniors are left to live in long-term care settings. One program helps ...
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Reverse Mortgages: Facts and FAQs

Posted November 21, 2006
Last night I finally had a chance to sit down and read my friend Mark's book about reverse mortgages.  Not the most exciting topic in the world so I congratulate him for tackling it.  Of course it's something he is passionate about so it certainly makes it easier. It took me about 1 hour to read the whole thing. I challenge anyone to ask me a question about reverse mortgages, their pros and cons, why you would get one and how they may be better than a home equity line of credit. In Chicago, I have meet many seniors who ...
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The Start of the Information Overload

Posted November 20, 2006
Everyday I learn something new that I feel needs to be shared with the rest of the world.  It could be about a new support group, a lecture about elder abuse, a free seminar on hospice care or some information about Medicare Part D.  I could not find anything on the web that shared this information so I thought I would start a blog and here we are. I will try to update this information on a timely basis and include links to more resources and sites during my daily travels in the world of senior living.  And if I ...
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