What is Parkinson’s Disease? April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Posted April 19, 2016
What is Parkinson’s Disease? April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month
April is National Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month and a time to reflect upon the disease and some important things to remember. Parkinson's Disease Awareness Awareness of the disease can help you not only learn how to deal with it but what may possibly be expected in your future. You will learn about the symptoms, the procedures, the medications, the holistic treatments and so much more when it comes to figuring out the body with PD. What is Parkinson's Disease? Parkinson's disease is a progressive, chronic disease that affects the ability of movement. It causes nerve cells within the brain (neurons) ...
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Free Audio Conference: Specific Strategies You Can Use Today for Helping People with Memory Loss

Posted October 6, 2015
Free Audio Conference: Specific Strategies You Can Use Today for Helping People with Memory Loss
Audio conferences presented by the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter are held the second Tuesday of every month. This month's topic is very relevant of many of the families (and professionals) we work with so we wanted to pass it along so you could participate. This one will be held Tuesday, October 13 from noon to 1 p.m. Click here to register or call 309.662.8392. Once signed up, registrants will receive information and directions for the call. Presenter: Melanie Adams, Director of Education and Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter Description: When a person with dementia refuses to do something we need them ...
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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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AARP: Nursing Homes & Evacuation Plans

Posted April 25, 2013
AARP: Nursing Homes & Evacuation Plans
[caption id="attachment_2647" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Psoriasis can affect anyone, but presents particular health challenges for seniors.[/caption] With the turmoil and sporadic weather our country continues to face, it is imperative to find a home for your loved one that has an evacuation plan in place.  The AARP provides a solid guideline with this article...  An Evacuation Plan at Your Parent’s Nursing Home: 9 Questions to Ask by Sally Abrahms Media images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some ...
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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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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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AAPR: How to Choose an Elder Mediator

Posted March 19, 2013
Maybe it's denial when dementia "sneaks up" on a loved one or maybe it just takes a turn for the worst, very quickly.  Either way, should you find yourself here, know you are not alone and yes, it is very difficult to decide what and how to do -- especially when you aren't the only one deciding!  This AAPR article suggests hiring someone who's trained to navigate these waters and I think it's worth the money, at the very least a one hour session.  You can learn a lot in an hour.   Here's the best way to find someone ...
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Mayo Clinic: Living wills and advance directives for medical decisions

Posted March 11, 2013
These are never easy discussions, but it's always better to have a plan in place.  The Mayo Clinic helps you understand what you need to think about for yourself & as Caregivers, ask your loved one so you'll one day be better prepared. Living wills and advance directives for medical decisions... By Mayo Clinic staff Living wills and other advance directives describe your preferences regarding treatment if you're faced with a serious accident or illness. These legal documents speak for you when you're not able to speak for yourself — for instance, if you're in a coma. To continue reading ...
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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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How to help a caregiver:

Posted February 4, 2013
I wanted to show how helping a Caregiver can be quite simple, if you know the right things to say. These helpful tips from the Mayo Clinic gives you a roadmap for effective helping! Alzheimer's care is a round-the-clock job. When you offer to help an Alzheimer's caregiver, be specific — and gently persistent. By Mayo Clinic staff Alzheimer's caregivers need all the support they can get.  If you know someone who's caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, here's how to help...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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