Posts tagged "advocacy"

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 »

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 »

Strut Your Stuff for World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. What, you ask? Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just have a “national” day or week – it’s actually got a “world” designation for a whole month? That’s right. And it should, considering that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 35 million people around the world and their families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease... Read more »
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Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness on Your Rear End

Of your car, that is. Kudos to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Illinois legislature for working together to raise Alzheimer’s funds and awareness at the same time. They came up with an ingenious way to do it – via specialty license plates. On August 9, the legislature passed House Bill... Read more »

Dance for Dementia on June 23

If you live in Chicagoland and are caring for someone with dementia or simply care about this cause (in which case, many thanks and blessings), you might want to check out this innovative social event and fundraiser. Dance for Dementia, coordinated by North Shore Dance Therapy in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, strives to connect... Read more »

Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... 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 »

Act Now: Budget Cuts Could Overwhelm Caregivers and Seniors Alike

Being a lifelong student of psychology, I’ve come to a stark conclusion: Elected officials are missing the part of the brain that allows them to see the potential ripple effects of their actions. How did I arrive at this revelation? I believe it was when I started reading about the automatic federal spending cuts set... Read more »

New Advances in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Lowdown on Brain Amyloid Imaging

We’ve all heard the bleak story that the only way to absolutely be sure a person has Alzheimer’s disease is to examine the brain through autopsy. For decades, we’ve waited ever so patiently for a better way. For some people with the disease, a piece of that better way might finally be here. You may... Read more »
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"Care About Your Care" Seeks to Reduce Costly Hospital Readmissions

As a caregiver, you have probably dealt with more doctors, clinics, and hospitals than you’d care to remember. Hospital admissions may be the most stressful of these experiences, considering that your loved one almost always faces a long road ahead after being admitted. But what we don’t often think about is the possibility of our... Read more »