Ideas for Cheering Up the Lonely

Posted July 11, 2017
Ideas for Cheering Up the Lonely
Retirement communities in the Gurnee area offer ideas for cheering up the lonely, in honor of Cheer Up the Lonely Day on July 11th, such as decorating the wheelchairs of seniors. Do something that matters and celebrate Cheer Up the Lonely Day on July 11th this year. Many people, particularly seniors, suffer from chronic loneliness; it is estimated that is one in five Americans are persistently lonely. Further studies show that lonely people have 14% increased risk of premature death. Check with Senior Living Experts to find senior services and resources that may help your loved one feel less-lonely, and ...
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Local Event: Alzheimer’s Musical

Posted March 21, 2013
Here's a fun and inspiring activity to do this weekend or next.  They actually reopened this show since it was such a hit. Time of Your Life Players present “Rock ’n’ Roll AD” a new, original one-act musical, which takes the audience on a wild ride as Roy gets his band together for one last tour and then is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Roy’s unbreakable spirit, sense of humor, and irreverent attitude allow him to continue the tour and learn how to live with the disease. We are thrilled to be presenting our ninth original musical in partnership with ...
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New Old Age: The Caregiver's Bookshelf

Posted March 20, 2013
New Old Age shares another book to add to your caregiving collection where architect Deborah Pierce shows us accessible design can look amazing too.       Source: Amazon, $18.45   The Unobstructed Home By PAULA SPAN The houses photographed for Deborah Pierce’s book, “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities,” look so inviting that I want to move in. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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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: Alzheimer's Blog

Posted March 18, 2013
The Mayo Clinic offers an inspiring recount of why conferences provide such a support system and the key to getting through tough times with dementia.  Teamwork unites caregivers, those with dementia By Angela Lunde The Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2013 has ended. After many years of planning and participating in these conferences, they're beginning to feel a bit like a family reunion. While most of the faces I see are still new, more and more are familiar and oh-so-special. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Moving two independent parents into senior living – a first hand account

Posted November 13, 2011
Guest post by a reader, Sherri Cash who wanted to share HER story about searching for a community for her parents.  Thank you so much Sherri for telling us your story! ---- I had been listening to the concerns voiced by my parents for a few weeks before we engaged in a conversation to make a move into an assisted living community. My father is diabetic, and on a sliding scale medication which we all have difficulty keeping track of; at first we entertained the idea of brings in a nurse to monitor his dosage. My mother’s mobility has decreased ...
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Three Observations on Senior Living | Blog | Healthcare Design

Posted February 22, 2010
We’re seeing more diversity in senior housing developments. Smaller developments – some with as few as six, eight or ten units – can easily come into single-family neighborhoods because they don’t have to change zoning requirements. On the other end of the spectrum, we’re also tracking larger senior housing facilities that are able to offer a wide range of services and amenities for residents. The larger developments are having difficulty finding financing in this market but the midsized developments – 40 to 80 units – are seeing some success. via
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Senior Living Experts helps son find senior living for isolated mother

Posted February 21, 2010
Recently we were contacted by a son regarding his lonely and isolated mother.  She was living along and was not able to care for her home as she had done in the past.  Her son took notice and contacted us right away.  Kerry answered all of his questions and helped him select a few places that would be the best fit for his mother. Although she was skeptical, his mom agreed to look into senior living.  They toured a few communities and fell in love with one that recently opened in the western suburbs. The staff understood that the transition ...
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55+ Housing a study of builders & buyers

Posted February 17, 2010
Metlife has released the second phase to Housing for the 55+ Market: Trends and Insights on Boomers and Beyond.  The study includes two surveys: one that examines current consumer preferences and home buying decisions and a second of National Association of Home Builder (NAHB) members involved in 55+ housing in 2008 and 2009.Key findings include: 63% plan to age in their current homes, 12% plan to buy another home, and 26% are unsure. The majority prefer the suburbs (32% close-in suburbs and 31% outlying suburbs). A rural community is preferred by 28%, and 9% want to live in a central ...
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Renowned Concert Pianist and Chicago Cultural Icon Turns 90

Posted January 29, 2010
I know that Irene not only plays for the residents of the senior living community where she lives, she also plays at a lot of the local communities so I wanted to share this story about her!Uses Music to Inspire Others with Disabilities With an impressive career spanning three fourths of a century, renowned concert pianist and long-time contributor to Chicago’s cultural scene, Irene Alexander, turned 90 this week. Irene began playing the piano at age three, and her natural talent was soon noticed by Chicago’s artistic community. At age six, Irene performed for Queen Marie of Romania, and later for Rachmaninoff. Among ...
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