Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family

Posted February 28, 2019
Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family
This week, for the first time, I heard the term, “Elder Orphan”. Of course, as a Senior Living Advisor with Senior Living Experts for twelve years, I have come across dozens of seniors who have no children, and no extended family members. Just the term, “Elder orphan” pulled at my heart strings. To navigate aging on your own, has got to be a lonely and frightening road to experience. According to CNN, about 22% of seniors over 65 years old are Elder Orphans, having no family in their lives. Some say being alone in life is not something to be ...
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When to move to Supportive Living Facilities

Posted October 16, 2018
When to move to Supportive Living Facilities
Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) are basically assisted living communities that are subsidized by the State of Illinois. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services oversees the program which provides services that are usually not covered by Medicaid including personal care needs, medication reminders, laundry assistance, activities, transportation, three meals a day, and outings. When a senior has around $100,000 or less in total assets, and they need supportive services on a daily basis (bathing, dressing, etc),  this is a good time to think about Supportive Living as an option. SLF’s are typically around $4000 per month for all of the ...
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Options for Elderly Housing: Choosing the Right Living Option in Chicago

Posted November 20, 2015
Options for Elderly Housing: Choosing the Right Living Option in Chicago
As you grow older, it becomes increasingly necessary to consider your living options for the later years of your life. There are a number of factors to consider, including your risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia, health problems that might make care more difficult as the years go by, and even your financial options. Ultimately, you need to choose the option that’s right for you, but be prepared to change your choice based on your condition when the day comes that you’re no longer able to care for yourself well enough to remain at home without assistance. Here are some of ...
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How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Chicago Illinois?

Posted November 13, 2015
How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Chicago Illinois?
This is the number one question we get asked about assisted living every day. And if you are NOT asking this question and are assuming the government will pay for your parents stay at an assisted living, then we need to have a frank talk! Every year, Genworth Life publishes the average costs for senior care and elder care across the country.  These reports include the cost for not only assisted living but also nursing home care, home health aides & homemaker services as well as adult day care. On average across the country assisted living runs $43,200 a year. ...
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Free Seminar : Elder Planning 101 in Downers Grove

Posted August 11, 2015
Free Seminar : Elder Planning 101 in Downers Grove
Our advisor Kerry belongs to a group called the "Main Street Senior Resources" and they are hosting a FREE seminar on Tuesday Aug 18 about all things eldercare! Come and meet local experts as they present this seminar for seniors and their children to discuss everything you need to know about estate planning, protecting your assets from collection by medicaid or nursing homes, financial planning for your golden years, finding the right living situation and making the transition to an elder care facility. Where: Ballydoyle Irish Pub 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove When: Tuesday Aug 18th @ 7PM The group ...
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The Week: Why dementia costs the U.S. more than heart disease or cancer

Posted April 24, 2013
Here's an article worth sharing from The Week:  a look at the extensive costs of dementia... A new study says the U.S. could be spending $511 billion on dementia by 2040  By Keith Wagstaff | April 4, 2013  Dementia costs the United States $109 billion in direct care, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. To put that in perspective, caring for heart disease costs about $102 billion and cancer $77 billion.   To continue reading their article click HERE  SOURCE
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Mayo Clinic: Long term care: Early planning pays off

Posted April 1, 2013
Unsure of what type of environment would best suit your loved one?  The Mayo Clinic can help... It's best to talk about long term care early — before the need for medical or personal care is imminent. Here's help understanding, choosing and financing long term care. By Mayo Clinic staff Long term care is a general term used to describe various home and community-based services for adults who need help taking care of themselves. If you're considering long term care options for yourself, a parent or another loved one, start the research and discussions early. To continue reading the entire ...
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The Flaws of Hospice

Posted January 7, 2013
New Old Age provides a closer look... On the Way to Hospice, Surprising Hurdles By PAULA SPAN I’ve often wondered why more families don’t call hospice when a loved one has a terminal disease — and why people who do call wait so long, often until death is just days away.   To continue rading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help

Posted December 24, 2012
I'll be back on Wednesday with regularly scheduled posts.  Merry Christmas Eve!   Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help By JANE E. BRODY My 92-year-old aunt, who is cognitively impaired and requires a walker or wheelchair to get around, still lives in her own apartment, where round-the-clock home health aides help her get to and from the bathroom, bathe, dress and undress, and go outside each day for some fresh air...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Caregiving Fact Sheet: Issues and Strategies

Posted November 16, 2012
This is a great overview of Caregiving!  As a matter of fact, the Family Caregiver Alliance is full of great overviews, so check them out.   Have a great weekend!   Introduction Caregiving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don't think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become exhausted and stressed...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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