Ideas for Cheering Up Lonely Elderly

Posted July 11, 2017
Ideas for Cheering Up Lonely Elderly
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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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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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 www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com
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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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Money raised for the Memory Walk, where does it go?

Posted November 25, 2009
November is still National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month so I thought I would share with you some information about where the money raised from Memory Walk goes and how it helps in the community.  I also want to take this opportunity to re-thank everyone who donated to our Memory Walk team this year and every year past. There is still time to donate before the year is over, so if you would like to you can click here to go to our fund-raising page.  Remember your donation is tax deductible! Where does the money go? The funds raised through Memory ...
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Guiding principles behind the AAHSA Idea House

Posted November 10, 2009
Technology, universal design and aging in place all come together at the Idea House at the AAHSA 09 conference. When you are touring the home you can see all three of these principles in every corner. I am going to start with sustainable design.  "Green" design is important not only to the environment but to the health and wellness of the occupants who live in the home.  The healthier the environment, the longer they can remain in their home whether that be and actual home, apartment or senior living community. The house was designed to be oriented with the courtyard ...
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AAHSA’s Last Designer Standing

Posted November 10, 2009
So maybe I wandered away from the Idea House just long enough to see what the students at Harrington College of Design were doing in the back corner of the expo hall...as a student of the school myself, how could I resist? Students were challenged to transform a skilled nursing room into a special home for an AAHSA member resident on a limited budget.  14 students from one of the graduate studio classes at Harrington were chosen to participate and compete against each other in groups of two.  Initial concepts were created and presented to a team of judges consisting of Joseph ...
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