Archive for March 2013

The Time We Have Left: A Theory for Caregiving and Self-Care Alike

I recently began adjunct teaching for a local college. Given that my father, uncle, grandma, and grandpa were all educators, I felt a sense of history and continuity as I embarked on my first lecture, making sure to emulate a few of my dad’s signature gestures along the way. Though the experience connected me to... Read more »

Forward Chicago: A Resource for Caregivers as Well as Older Adults

The 47th Ward in Chicago has got it right. Its residents and leaders understand that older adults want to stay in their homes for as long as they can and be active, vibrant members of their community. To help them do this, Forward Chicago was launched. This innovative website was created with the goal of... Read more »

Caregivers Should Aim for Middle Ground When Family Members Resist Care

Sherry sees all the signs that her mother needs more care if she wants to continue living independently. An unkempt house, missed bill payments, and mixed-up medications are just a few of the indicators pointing to a necessary and painful intervention. Whenever Sherry brings up the possibility of bringing in some help, her mother adamantly... Read more »
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Join the Illinois Action Summit on March 13

Perhaps it’s March Madness that has my adrenaline on overdrive lately, or maybe it’s due to The Sequester that has begun wreaking havoc on our nation’s seniors and caregivers (And are we really surprised that a budget agreement wasn’t reached?). Either way, I’m back on my advocacy soapbox to urge all Alzheimer’s caregivers in Chicagoland... Read more »