Posts in category "General Caregiving"

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Raise Your Voice at the Illinois Action Summit on April 2

As I listen to birds singing outside my office window for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I am filled with hope for positive change and making things anew. Perhaps this is why I think that 2014 is the best year yet for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Illinois to raise their voice at... Read more »

Three Cheers for Record Increase in Alzheimer’s Funding

Finally, there’s something to cheer about in the government’s budget! Last week, President Obama signed into law the largest increase in Alzheimer’s funding in history, which will be implemented in Fiscal Year 2014. A record $122 million increase will go toward research, support, and services for those with Alzheimer’s and their families. Before you start... Read more »

Event Alert: Caregiving in America, November 14th in Chicago

Right smack in the middle of National Family Caregivers Month, Chicagoland caregivers are being treated to a very special event. Hosted by The Washington Post, “Caregiving in America” will focus on the growing number of caregivers in our society, with a special emphasis on the “sandwich generation” – those caring for an aging parent as... Read more »
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Now More Than Ever, Let’s Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month

Family caregivers matter – now more than ever. Why? Because caregivers are the silent heroes of our society, and their numbers are growing every year. Because there simply aren’t enough services to support caregivers in their compassionate quest to care for others while desperately trying to find some balance in their own lives. “Now More... Read more »

Boomer Caregivers Abound, But Who Will Take Care of the Boomers?

Say what you want about baby boomers being selfish, materialistic, or any number of things critics have said about the attitudes and behaviors of this generation. But don’t you ever say that they don’t take care of those close to them. Don’t you dare. You see, baby boomers have been the glue holding together long-term... Read more »

“Caring Champion” is One of Chicagoland’s Own

I’ve already told you why I think that Cubs fans make great caregivers. It turns out that not only Cubs fans fit the bill – Chicagolanders in general are simply stellar when it comes to caregiving. Congratulations to Charity Ntim of Homewatch CareGivers in Northbrook for being chosen one of ten “Caring Champions” by Caring.com.... Read more »
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Results from the 2013 State of Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease Plan Survey

Have you ever wondered what the heck Illinois is doing to meet the needs of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease? If so, you may find the results from this survey interesting. Administered by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Illinois Chapter, it reveals that Illinois is indeed doing something about Alzheimer’s through the array of programs and... Read more »

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 »

Caregivers’ Coping Skills Impact Dementia’s Rate of Decline

What? That sounds like a pretty daring claim. Does this mean that caregivers actually have some degree of control over how fast their loved ones’ dementia progresses? According to an impressive study at Utah State University, yes. But before you begin to either jump for joy or tremble with panic, let’s look at the study... Read more »
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Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors: An A-B-C Approach

Maude came to a caregiver support group wringing her hands together. When the other caregivers asked what was wrong, she said that her husband, Chet, had dementia and had started becoming agitated in the late morning. Even though Maude made sure Chet ate a good breakfast and was clean and dressed, around 10:30 AM he... Read more »