Senior Living Experts welcomes our newest advisor – Janet Newell

Posted April 7, 2015
Senior Living Experts welcomes our newest advisor – Janet Newell
2015 has been our best year ever so far.  We have already found new homes for 23 seniors in the Chicagoland area with another 10 scheduled to move in over the next 3 weeks. In addition, because the demand for our service has been so high, we are thrilled to announce that we just added another senior living advisor. Janet Newell loves helping people, especially seniors.  Janet has firsthand experience caring for family members and making decisions about their care . It was her own experience and love of seniors that led Janet to start her own senior home care ...
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2014 Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Team Kickoff Event

Posted August 21, 2014
On Sunday, September 28th, 2014 the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer's is taking place at Montrose Harbor! The Chicago Walk Planning Committee of the Greater Illinois Chapter is hosting a New Team Kickoff on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at Interface (345 N. Wells, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60654). At this event, all of your Walk to End Alzheimer's questions will be answered and there will be food provided by local restaurant, Wow Bao.  It is a great opportunity to meet the planning committees and other teams leaders and find out how you can get more involved!  Personally, I love to volunteer ...
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Senior Living Experts interviewed on PBS’ Nightly Business Report

Posted August 14, 2014
Senior Living Experts interviewed on PBS’ Nightly Business Report
An exciting night in television history for us last night! Dominic Chu from CNBC did report for PBS' Nightly Business Report that featured a clip with Senior Living Experts Founder, Lisa Sneddon. In the beginning of the month, we were contacted by a producer from CNBC regarding the show.  Lisa was asked numerous questions about the state of the industry and the current costs for care. This was part three of a four part series, Aging in America and this segment focused on the companies to watch for stock purposes.  Our nations aging population is going to need senior living ...
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Can you negotiate the cost of assisted living?

Posted July 1, 2013
Can you negotiate the cost of assisted living?
The symptoms of PTSD and dementia may be linked, according to recent studies. Our very own expert, Kerry Quirin has an opinion on this.... "When looking for senior living, sometimes clients will ask if the rate can be reduced. Communities will run specials from time to time, so it just depends. But, clients will also ask if the level of care charge can be taken down or negotiated. At  this point, I would advise a client to see a community that is willing to negotiate that fee as a red flag. The level of care fee directly affects staffing ratios. ...
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Reuters: End-of-life talks lacking between doctors, patients

Posted April 3, 2013
I thought this Reuters article was interesting.  We'd love to hear from caregivers who have been through this situation...  Did you feel like there was a gap in communication? End-of-life talks lacking between doctors, patients By Genevra Pittman (Reuters Health) - Although many older patients in Canada have thought about end-of-life care and discussed it with family members, a new study suggests fewer have spoken with doctors and had their wishes noted accurately in their medical record. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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AARP: Are You Ambivalent About Your Caregiving Role?

Posted March 22, 2013
I wanted to share this because it has got to be a common feeling among Caregivers.  It's totally normal, but that fact doesn't help with feeling better.  This article does; read it for some advise on managing those emotions...   Learn strategies for dealing with difficult feelings by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP I have a confession to make: I resent driving my 82-year-old mother to visit her husband, my demented stepfather, at the smelly, crowded and unpleasant nursing home where he now is confined. On the 20-minute ride there, I grip the steering wheel and silently seethe. I'm irritable while she ...
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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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New Old Age: Arts & Culture

Posted January 24, 2013
Have you guys seen this movie?  I haven't, but a friend was still reeling from it hours after she saw it this past weekend.  That combined with this article makes me want to see it.  Crazy I know, but I'm intrigued... The Brutal Truth of ‘Amour’ By PAULA SPAN It has been a few days since I left the movie theater in a bit of a daze, and I’m still thinking about “Amour.” So much of this already much-honored film rings utterly true: the way a long-married Parisian couple’s daily routines, their elegant life of books and music and art, can ...
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Caring.com: 5 Ways to Make Living With an Older Adult Easier

Posted January 2, 2013
Another helpful list from Caring.com Try these simple solutions to ease the crankies and boost everyone's mood. By Lara Belonogoff, Caring.com staff writer One issue that family caregivers don't often talk about is how cranky everyone can get living under one roof -- especially if the person you're caring for is sometimes or often cranky. You know the toll that it can take on the entire household -- and how that person's mood can rub off on you. But how do you go about making your home a happier place? To continue reading the entire article click HERE
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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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